The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. Our vibrant, bustling amusement park is renowned for its great rides, remarkable history, spectacular beach setting, and friendly attitude.
The Boardwalk has been operating since 1907, and it hasn't missed a beat! We believe in affordable family fun - that's why admission is free, summer entertainment is included, and ride tickets are affordable.
Two of our rides are National Historic Landmarks,.. but don't let that fool you. The 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster still thrills riders with its hair-raising dips and turns and the Looff Carousel's unique ring toss provides a surprising challenge. Our indoor arcades offer the largest selection of games in Northern California with the latest video and redemption games, pinball machines, a vintage game collection, two-story miniature golf course, and laser tag arena. There's also a family bowling center right across the street.
Many people visit just for the food. Choices include corn dogs made from a secret family recipe, deep fried artichokes, chocolate covered bacon, and deep fried Twinkies!
The Boardwalk spans a wide sandy beach along Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where it's not unusual to see otters, dolphins, sea lions, and even whales swimming just offshore.
Join us for a truly unique California experience!
Granted the Boardwalk isn't by far the best in the country but it's a great place to go. You have carnival and amusement park types rides, including the Giant Dipper, much like the Giant Dipper in Belmont Park here in San Diego. Although the whole boardwalk I think is much better than Belmont. There is more activity, the best is literally right there, the view is gorgeous, Neptune's Kingdom gives that arcade/mini golf and there is always something to do and funny people to watch. Although there is security here, it's just not enough and the place isn't kept clean very often but I think this isn't Seaside Company's fault, but of neglectful visitors, who come in droves and just generally disrespectful of the place. Its a shame because the whole place still retains its 1930's architectural charm, all the amenities from the 30s-80s in place and that small town charm. If you have ever seen the Lost Boys, you'll see the Boardwalk and funny enough it's not much different except maybe the style of people and some vendors have changed. The pier is also there with nice restuarants and a place where you can see sea lions up close and personal. Absolutely gorgeous at night when the Dipper is all lit up, which lights up the railroad tressle that hangs over the San Lorenzo River. Really a great place to chill, take pictures, or to have a bit of fun at a reasonable pace. So rating the Boardwalk considering everything it has to offer, how it maintains its history and what obstacles it faces
Posted: 9/21/2008 • Link to this review
I have had some really fun times here, but the prices are getting a little too high. The arcade is always a blast and the rides are somewhat interesting. The giant dipper is definitely the best though.
Posted: 5/01/2008 • Link to this review
It is the Boardwalk. The Giant Dipper, Cat and Mouse (though it is called something else now). This is a Bay Area landmark. Everyone, from across the country, knows about the best boardwalk on the West Coast.
Great place to go on a warm sunny day, plenty of rides and great food and at times friendly people. Great spot to bring the family and friends or visitors. Too bad the beach is below par =T
You really can't beat the Boardwalk and the classic Giant Dipper--nothing beats the old wooden roller coasters. They have some great deals on select days of the week, too, so it's affordable.