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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831 423 5590
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Ranked #6 of 36 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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Watsonville, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a Santa Cruz jewel of a Funtime. Something for everyone; Beach, amusement park, music ,mini golf, arcade games, old time photo booths, great food, shops, fudge, a gorgeous merry-go-round. And more. Go and be kid again!!

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Barcelona, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Boardwalk is basically the only place to walk down at night in Santa Cruz. Everybody moves by car in the city and this is the only place where you can actually have a nice walk down the beach and see people get together. There was a concert organized at night and we all enjoyed ourselves. Pitty we couldn´t get... More

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bay area, california
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100 reviews 100 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Boardwalk is great, historical, fun...just go! It hasn't changed much over the years (which I think is terrific). They have all the wonderful junkie fair food, rides, great area with rides for the younger crowd. Log ride, roller coasters, haunted house - fun! My granddaughter (8) loved The Vault Lazer Maze!!!!!!! You can get 3 tries for $10 -... More

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San Rafael, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The rides are just as I remembered them when I was a kid as well as the fried oreo's. The atmosphere is crowded and fun. I had not visited in decades and enjoyed the bustle. Yes, there are people trying to part you with your money any way they can - but it is a fair and fun.

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San Jose, Ca
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

So much tradition coming to the Boardwalk. Over the years it has changed but still feels the same. Great vibes and always decent weather it seems in the summers. Don't miss the old school video arcade tucked in the corner by the bathrooms! And you have to get a freshly made corn dog for breakfast when the rides open! classic!

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went there for the rides after visiting the beach. For the bigger rides , the wait is huge. The rides for kids are very free ... I wouldn't compare it with a theme park but it is no less . U have good options to get some fast food . We tried the tater twisters because it looked different... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Exactly what you would expect from an old fashioned beach side amusement arcade, park & entertainment centre. Gaudy, tacky & expensive! Have fun & smile while you are there enjoying the bustling crowds. Great location to wander & people watch.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I love this place. The Giant Dipper is one of my favorite Roller Coasters of all time. Do not be fooled by it's appearance it packs quite a punch for it's size. The cool tunnel at the start and also twisting turns make for an eventful 2 minute and 20 second ride. This park is clean and well kept. The... More

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Haven't been to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for years, but spent summers here as a kid. Took the grandkids and wow! Just as fun as ever. SO glad to see they still have "sandaes" which I haven't found anywhere else on the planet. They are chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches covered in nuts, sold at the store with the black and... More

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

A classic boardwalk by the beach, with the Big Dipper wooden roller coaster, carousel with brass rings to toss, arcade games and free concerts, all right at the expansive Santa Cruz beach. Kids may want an all-day wrist band, and others may just want to do 1-2 rides using tickets. Food is not the draw, unless you love hot dogs,... More

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