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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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Retro California Beach Attraction

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a throw back to the 1950's.itI still has what is believed to be the only wooden roller coaster left in the U.S. It has arcade and games of skill... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Arroyo Grande, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a throw back to the 1950's.itI still has what is believed to be the only wooden roller coaster left in the U.S. It has arcade and games of skill. Good food and rides for children and adults.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were surprised to find a clean, brightly colored amusement place and the beach was very wide and very clean too. We were there on a weekday before 4PM in March and all rides and most shops were closed, except for the arcade. I'd like to go back when we have more time.

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We have three grandchildren and we get each one a season pass for all the rides. It is a fun family oriented place to be. The boardwalk also has events like the clam chowder cookoff that brings people here each winter. New years eve can be celebrated at the cocanut grove ballroom. Finally the boardwalk has some great summer concerts... More 

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91 reviews 91 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My son and I were here a few years ago and the memory drew him back for Spring Break this year. I was a little on the fence. But, when we arrived THIS year, it had clearly been scrubbed and cleaned up. It's a REALLY nice destination for an afternoon! Traditional rides including at least 2 high-quality roller coasters. Food... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were there just for a walk and look around, seemed fun and the boardwalk was pretty. Did not go on any rides.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the tourist beach and if you want to ride the boardwalk rides, then this is your choice. It's usually overcrowded and parking is hard as well as traffic. I live here so rarely go anywhere near this beach.

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Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The area around the amusement park is bustling with people and rides. It is to be expected, but our preference is a quieter walk along the beach. It was nice to see the beach volleyball players and the families enjoying the beach.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Remember the famous 1964 song by the Drifters: "Under the boardwalk, we'll be havin' some fun". Well the old boardwalk is still there and drawing crowds. A wonderful place for all ages to enjoy the rides and excitement. The 1911 carousel is still taking the young at heart on rides of fun.

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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Beach Boardwalk includes videogame arcade, lazer tag, amusement park rides like roller coasters and haunted houses and right on the beach for playing volleyball. Parking right across from boardwalk very close free when boardwalk closed like on weekdays in spring but costs money when rides are open on weekends and summer. Arcade open even when rides closed. Can walk to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It you are looking for a retro fun family activity, this is the place to visit. I have gone here many times over the years, enjoying free concerts, junk food, and old school video games. Everyone we have taken here loves it. Prepare to pay for parking when you go.

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