Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA - Amusement Parks

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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400 Beach StreetSanta Cruz, CA 95060

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Description

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!

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  petsitterkat

    Reviews: 170

    Still a fun place that will last another 100 years
    petsitterkat (170 reviews)
    9/21/2008

    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

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  likezoinks77

    Reviews: 173

    Great day for the family
    likezoinks77 (173 reviews)
    7/15/2008

    Some of my fondest memories were spent walking along this boardwalk. They have something for everyone to enjoy here.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  stampmom

    Reviews: 176

    fun
    stampmom (176 reviews)
    7/09/2008

    A grrat way to spend a family day in the sun. Rides for the whole family and games too. We'd like to go back some day.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  andyr0000

    Reviews: 303

    Fun!
    andyr0000 (303 reviews)
    5/19/2008

    Huge arcade, laser tag, mini golf, a boardwalk... What more could you ask for? I still remember coming here when I was a little kid and it is still a fun spot.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  mequan89

    Reviews: 137

    fun place!
    mequan89 (137 reviews)
    5/04/2008

    if youre in the area, i definitely suggest that you visit here. it's not a big park by any means, but they're fun, class rides!

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  Admin

    Reviews: 432

    Day at the beach
    Admin (432 reviews)
    5/03/2008

    This is a classic view to experience the boardwalk. With lots of rides, and games to play, it's fun for all ages. Plus, the beach is just steps away.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  rayray05

    Reviews: 237

    Good Times
    rayray05 (237 reviews)
    5/01/2008

    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.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  chut1144

    Reviews: 234

    Nice
    chut1144 (234 reviews)
    4/29/2008

    It's basically what I'd expect from all the tv ads. They have an awesome beach there and with all the rides and FOOD, I'm always down to go...

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  BobCorso

    Reviews: 163

    How could it not be fun?
    BobCorso (163 reviews)
    4/24/2008

    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.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  MoPDiT

    Reviews: 55

    Must try atleast once... for the experience!
    MoPDiT (55 reviews)
    4/24/2008

    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

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  MyCo - Oops!

    Reviews: 136

    Fun on the Beach
    MyCo - Oops! (136 reviews)
    4/24/2008

    This place has gone the drain over the years for me. The rides and games are crappy and old. The beach is decent. I would rather walk around in downtown.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  edubsauntie

    Reviews: 138

    Fun place for families
    edubsauntie (138 reviews)
    4/24/2008

    Great place to take kids of all ages. The summer time deals make for a fun and cheap night too. Look for deals on soda cans at local stores.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  corsosgirlfriend

    Reviews: 87

    Great Summer Fun!
    corsosgirlfriend (87 reviews)
    4/24/2008

    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.

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  DMoney

    Reviews: 51

    Great time!
    DMoney (51 reviews)
    4/22/2008

    So much fun during the summer, awesome rides, yummy and fun food, lots of cozy little shops and right on the beach

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  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz, CA -  albantautauTAUTAU

    Reviews: 129

    Fun time
    albantautauTAUTAU (129 reviews)
    4/18/2008

    Fun times with friends and family. Their rollercoasters are ok. just stay away from the sewage pipes..

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2012

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