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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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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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It was off season so most attractions were closed. Have the chocolate covered bacon! Junk food paradise.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Ash Fork, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The restaurants were good. The ambient was disappointing. I remember when Santa Cruz and the community was clean and didn't have homeless tugging at you. Now it’s dirty and smells. Too many homeless hanging out asking for handouts. I was working and my grandchild was out with his mother and frightened by the people that approached them my daughter in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was off season so most attractions were closed. Have the chocolate covered bacon! Junk food paradise.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Fun and reasonably priced, especially if you are there for the summer. The red, wooden roller coaster is amazing - we go on it every time we're in the area.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We loved it here. I found the pricing system annoying and didn't feel we got the best value in that regard. Costco had a very good deal but we went a second day and ended up wishing we had bought season passes from the get go. Loved the rides and the beach. Can't wait to go back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We arrived at opening and there was little or no line for rides and it was not too crowded. By late afternoon, the lines were 1 hour or more and push and shove full of people. We bought the grandkids season passes which came with 2 additional ride tickets which was a great value. We intend to visit again in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Came here for memorial weekend with the fambam... Of course it was over packed with people. Beach was nice we came early when it first opened so my son can enjoy all the rides he wanted to do which he was as happy as can be. There are lots of rides for the young ones I would like to say... More 

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Jackson, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The shops are o.k., if you go into one, you have gone to most of them. The funnel cakes tasted like doughnut batter, and the oreo one was enough for two people. The pink cotton candy was plain. (I wish they had more flavors!) But both foods (plain funnel cake with powdered sugar and the pink cotton candy did not... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Probably the best thing to do in Santa Cruz! It's free to enter the board walk so if you just want to look around and relax you can. It's bright, colourful and exciting just to walk through. You can buy a day pass for the rides, purchase packs of tickets or just get Enough to go on the rides you... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Going to the boardwalk for the first time in a couple of decades, with our young grandchildren, was a real kick! It's crowded, noisy, and lots of fun. Too bad the kids are too young to appreciate the best rides – like the Giant Dipper!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This will set you back a few years! How fun and reminiscent of good times--you must do the Giant Dipper if you like old roller coasters as this is a historic one. Minimal hours on weekdays which was surprising for all the people there in the evening.

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