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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831 423 5590
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Ranked #6 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description:  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Fun in the Sun The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been a popular destination for more than 100 years.  Boardwalk... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The boardwalk is not a safe place to let young people(under 25) just roam by themselves......probably not so safe even when parents are around. Rides are notoriously safe, but not the long sidewalk or outside areas. Parking is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive. We avoid the area!....but we live here. Bordering areas are absolutely not safe.....a friend was shot multiple times and left... More

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Lemoore, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I liked the atmosphere of a beach side amusement park and the local attractions, but was a little upset by the small number of adult size rides. Many rides were designed for children.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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119 reviews 119 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This place is nice if you have kids, or are feeling like one. It was way too crowded for us, and we spent over an hour stuck in rarely moving traffic. One caution - once parking is full you will be directed to a remote lot with a 'free' shuttle. The parking is $7, which is reasonable, but the shuttle... More

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Kearns, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This Old Boardwalk was nice and clean with fun rides and great entertainment. Santa Cruz even has a movie night on the Beach, This was the highlight of the trip.

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Seattle, Washington
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A main attraction in Santa Cruz, CA is the old boardwalk along the ocean downtown. With an amusement park (roller coaster, merri-go-round and other rides), food, music and tourists - both young and old - it is a lively place to visit. The beach right near the boardwalk is great for a relaxing moment - and even a swim, if... More

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Boise, Idaho
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went with my family including grown children, and their children. They all seemed to love it, as I would have 15 years or more ago...but now I find amusement parks too much. I went on two rides after purchasing a ride band, so that was a waste of money...should have just bought the tickets (If you don't think you... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a classic beach boardwalk amusement park and is kept up really well. I was there with the American Coaster Enthusiasts in mid-June. What a great place for individuals, couples, and families. They have a great classic wood coaster, another good steel coaster, kiddie coaster, their classic dark ride - the cave train, an updated haunted house and haunted... More

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South Padre Island, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent about about a half day in the area. We stopped by cowells beach because it was reported to offer great beginner surfing but no luck there. We strolled through the masses along the boardwalk and beach, which is not our thing. We ate tasty pizza acroos the street. We did not go on any rides, lines were long.... More

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Houston, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
43 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My family and I came here on a Saturday, and although there were a lot of people it wasn't unbearable. There are rides for toddlers all the way to adults. There are plenty of snacks available (nachos, hot dogs, pretzels, pizza, etc.) There are restaurants right across the street as well if that's what you prefer. From the boardwalk there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

What an enjoyable few days at the Beach, Boardwalk and bonding with our youngest! It rained a few hours one day but we still enjoyed the boardwalk. It's just good ole' seaside family fun. The best part is getting there an hour before they open when nobody is on the beach- we came home with 6 WHOLE sand dollars! Luv... More

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