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Address: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-423-5590
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Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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The area can be expensive to stay overnight, so plan ahead with lodging. The ticket to the boardwalk is also expensive, unless you can return (if local) and you get a season... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I took a walk with my friend along the sea side. There were people who were riding a bike or walking with dogs. It was such a nice place to relax. I want to visit in summer season.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The area can be expensive to stay overnight, so plan ahead with lodging. The ticket to the boardwalk is also expensive, unless you can return (if local) and you get a season pass. The weather can be warm to cold all year around. The rides are the boardwalk are very fun and for every size rider. Pack your own food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Santa Cruz boardwalk is great always lots of fun right on the beach something for everyone. We have not been there for Friday nite free band maybe this summer, food good, lots of specials .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We have been here a number of times with the kids and really enjoyed it. This time, our timing was off and we arrived at 8pm as the boardwalk was closing. So check the schedule!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My husband and daughter loved all the rides, me - well I'm not a huge fan as I get really bad motion sickness so there were some pretty long waits for me. One thing the extended periods (up to 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour) standing in the same area did allow me - was some insight and perspective on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My daughter loved it, me not so much. I actually found Santa Cruz underwhelming altogether. The food on the boardwalk was carny food & expensive, except the Chicago Hot Dog, which rocked.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Very fun, crowded but the lines for the rides moved quickly…nice weather…lots of junk food, wish there was some healthier food choices

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Pacifica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We enjoyed the rides and having lunch on the beach next to the boardwalk. Best of both worlds. Enjoyed watching Soccer games and Volleyball games being played on the boardwalk beach.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had an awesome time here. We loved the rides the sights etc... after we visited I was told by a friend that the Lost Boys movie was actually filmed here. I loved that movie. Anyway, I didn't ride the roller coaster but my husband and son did and they loved it. Was it old, of course it was, but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Place is old and it shows. Crowd was very seedy except few tourist I guess. Arcade really sucked they did not even have prizes for the tickets you win. My daughter had 86 tickets and they only had prizes for 5 and then 100 as they ran out of 50. Not that I care but kids do and they would... More 

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