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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Address: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-423-5590
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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The...

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The admission-free attraction features thrill rides like the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster, kiddie rides, games, shops, food, and year-round indoor activities. Admission is free. Ride tickets may be purchased per ride, per day, or per season. Free summer entertainment includes Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach.

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During this time of the year, I would go for a half day on the rides since they limit number of rides open at this time. Half day price is more reasonable. Great views, on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Elk Grove, California
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Anaheim, California
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55 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a pretty big boardwalk with lots of rides, very fun for kids and families. Lot of homeless people milling around, though...

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Sonoma County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been going to the Boardwalk for over fifty years and still feel like a teenager when I'm there. The Family-owned Boardwalk spruces everything up before it officially opens for daily visits. The Big Dipper is the best. A very fun experience.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a warm sunny day and a delightful way to spend a Saturday in Fall. A sand artist produced a wonderful exhibit wishing one and all a Happy Thanksgiving and we enjoyed a lovely glass of wine before traveling off for a lovely dinner

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Elk Grove, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

During this time of the year, I would go for a half day on the rides since they limit number of rides open at this time. Half day price is more reasonable. Great views, on the beach so you can enjoy the ocean, beach, and wharf the rest of the day. Food is typical amusement type food and price. I... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to the boardwalk in the month of October. Many of the businesses were closed. A lot of the restaurants look pretty worn down and aged. The bathrooms were not the cleanest. There are several specials and happy hours at these restaurants. Parking is available on the boardwalk. The best part was at the end of the boardwalk there... More 

Thank Jess11112014
Dublin, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

BoardWalk yeppiiii its an exciting place. love the rides it has,love the environment of public in boardwalk means its totally busy when we took a visit with the family. And we love the ride Giant Dipper awesome ride my children love that ride and also enjoyed a food there its not so special means ok type but we love the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beach Boardwalk is great for kids and family. Great for a day of rides with kids 8 and 10. Year pass is way to go if you are going more than once.

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Madera, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Still an interesting place to visit, even though we went during the week when the amusement rides were not operating. Neptune's, the inside part of the amusement part was open. People watching also it a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm guessing the previous reviewer that said the rides were closed in late October must have been on a weekday while the kids are school? We went November14, a Saturday, and all rides, including the big rollercoaster were going full steam. There was a good crowd, but not overly crowded, and it appeared that everything was open. The waves were... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a bunch of fair rides here, I'm pretty sure they're only open on the weekends in the winter months. The old arcade used to be an old indoor swimming pool. Pretty cool history.

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