Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world, guests can enjoy over 40 rides and attractions. Open daily during the summer, weekends and select weekdays in the spring and fall. Enjoy Winter Wonderland during the winter, and the largest arcade in the country, open daily year-round. Visiting more than twice this year? Purchase a season pass, and it will pay for itself in less than two visits! Visiting just one day? Buy your rides wristband online in advance and visit weekdays, and save up to $20 per person! MyBoardwalk cards are also available for purchase and can be used for individual rides, attractions (like Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Laser Maze and Fright Walk), food and select retail locations. Visit early to get a great parking spot. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • 832vgs
    New Delhi, India1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Tourist's Must Visit!
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends. This was our second visit. We went there on a sunny day and walked along the waves in the beach enjoying the seaweed circling our feet and getting washed away. We sat there relishing the sunshine. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the boats. As it was a working day, the rides and most shops including Restaurants were closed. We enjoyed Garlic Fries, Corndogs and Ice Creams from the few Restaurants open. We did not mind as our earlier visit with kids, we had enjoyed the rides.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Michael B
    Sydney, Australia88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great old school amusement park - stop and check it out!
    We were driving up the coast from LA to San Francisco and this was one of the stops that was suggested. What a great day we had there. It really is a great old school amusement park in a great setting. The old wooden roller coaster was a must do as well as the chairlift ride looking out over the beach. Really enjoyed the Fright Walk Under the Boardwalk.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
  • NoMoney TravelGuy
    United States18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bay Area and a Santa Cruz Must-Do for Families
    This is a must-do for anyone visiting the Santa Cruz or Bay Area. This boardwalk has it all as a miniature amusement park with games, food, shops, and the rides of course. It’s great for kids and teens to spend a day. It is a bit pricey with the food, games, and rides. The best park is you can hang out on the beach with family and/or friends and have restrooms and food right there. The boardwalk does have areas for smaller children so it can be fun for everyone. It is free to walk in, but you do have to pay for everything else once there. The beach is also free and great for people watching. If you are driving in, they do charge $20 per car to park in their lots. The meter is the way to go if they are available. We paid $4 for a couple of hours. There is also free parking just across the bridge towards SeaBright beach, and that is a short walk to the boardwalk. If you head over there, don’t forget to take a stroll down the pier. The food is cheaper and they have great views of the ocean. It’s free to walk in as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
  • M N
    254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Cruz beach boardwalk weekday visit
    It has been years since we have visited the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. We were impressed the city, county and beach boardwalk corporation have done much to clean up the area and make it enjoyable, free of litter and trash, homeless and vagrants. It is refreshing. Came here to visit the old childhood haunts. Spent the whole day, sampled the foods and had to ride the big dipper with the grandkids. You need to visit before summer and the crowds increase.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2024
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,914 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the best as they claim
    Lots of fun activities and food trippin. Place claims to be the best boardwalk in US. I dont believe so, i have been to other boardwalks which are more fun than this place. Beach is nice. It is also a stop for the roaring camp big trees and pacific train. See images for further reference.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 12, 2024
  • DEE J
    California7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parking is a problem BUT the beach, ride and food are awesome!
    Overall experience was awesome! I gave 4* because we we're stuck for 2-hours waiting for parking on Saturday. Will be back again hopefully to drive a little bit early so we can enjoy our time. The beach is clean, food are affordable. Rides and games are great! Perfect for family.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2024
  • Laura R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect boardwalk!
    We absolutely loved our time on the boardwalk. The rides were full sized rides like you would see at big amusement parks, without the long lines. It was beautiful and fun! We highly recommend it!
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2024
  • Richard W
    Penn Valley, California826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained, family friendly and safe- a great place for fun.
    A landmark for almost a century this venue offers fun for the whole family. It is operated very well, including maintenance, security, staff training, variety of rides and activities and food offerings. It offers discount evenings, passes and group purchase options which can help reduce the cost of a visit. While not cheap, it offers so much more than a visiting carnival. The location is beautiful and on an iconic beach. I am very impressed by the training that seems to go into staffing, the uniforms and visible security. I highly recommend visiting this coastal gem.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2024
  • flzdmpm03
    Fort Myers, Florida445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun area
    Very, very crowded the day we visited. The wharf was wall to wall people and all of the parking areas were full so we were unable to enjoy all it had to offer. We rode around the area and took in all the beach sites. Would have loved to get on the wharf….maybe next time.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2024
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RogueTrippers
Guelph, Canada5,428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Date of Visit: Saturday, Dec 14th, 2019

When you visit Santa Cruz California there are 3 major attractions.
The waterfront, the Pier, and The Boardwalk/amusement park.

The boardwalk stretches quite a distance along the waterfront. There are amusements of all kinds here. It is like a small amusement park.
There are rides, games, concessions, attractions, shopping, and food services
In the Summer this place is more lively and happening but we were there in December and there are plenty of things to do and a lot fewer people.

There is a laffing Sal animatronic feature which reminded me of the one I grew up with in Crystal Beach Amusement Park.

There is a lot to do especially for the kids.

During the summer there are live bands, and more attractions.
Written January 12, 2020
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buttrfly757
Magalia, CA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
As a kid growing up in San Jose this place was my favorite! The beach, the board walk the taffy the arcade the shops the food, the old time pictures the best roller coaster on the planet (I'm biased much) the Merry Go round with brass rings and a calliope and just the beauty of the ocean and Santa Cruz. I even painted an interpretation in watercolor that got lots of praise in 7th grade. lol Go! Have fun!
Written March 5, 2020
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Reed
Orlando, FL2,431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
I’ve been to quite a few “beach boardwalk” amusement parks throughout the country and this might be my favorite. It’s well maintained, well run and has a really good selection of rides including a well maintained classic wooden coaster and a brass ring carousel. Only negatives are the costs of the parking and the lack of food options besides normal “fair food”. If you want that classic boardwalk vibe and some great rides, you have to visit!
Written July 9, 2021
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Jerry K
Oahu, HI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
So many shops and restaurants, lots of sea lions and seagulls. You have a grea view of a surfing area for beginners, we saw dozens of them. We ate lunch at the Fire Fish, where they have lots of $15 catch of the day specials that I would think were good deal even if they cost more.
Written January 24, 2020
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Max
Los Angeles, CA306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
You can park about 5-10 walk away for about $5-$10. If you want to use the restroom and the first one you come to at the entrance of the boardwalk is crowded, just walk about 1 minute down the boardwalk and there are non crowded restrooms. There are lots of shops and places to eat. At the end you can see the seals underneath.
Written June 3, 2021
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832vgs
New Delhi, India1,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends. We went there on a sunny day with our family including kids and had a wonderful time. We walked along the waves enjoying the sea weed circling our feet and getting washed away. We sat relishing the sunshine and kids building castles with the sand. There are food restaurants nearby where one can enjoy snacks, churros, ice creams and more. When the kids got drenched in the water, we could even manage to buy dresses and towels for them. Visit to the beach is free. You can book tickets online or offline (there is quite a queue) to enjoy the various thrill rides (Double Shot, Undertow, Roller Coasters etc) or kiddie rides. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the boats. A must visit for any tourist to the city.
Written June 25, 2021
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Robbie F
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Lots of things to do, staff was friendly, easy access, clean, lots of food options. Not worth the money, took 3 kids, paid full price for ride wrist bands but the lines were very long throughout the hole day. There was no discount for the 2 kids that couldn't ride 50% of the rides due to height. Would have been nice if they offered a discounted rate for the little kids....
Written May 22, 2023
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MonkeyKing814
151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Arcade is decent and not so expensive by today’s standards. Most things are $1.00 per play but there are some at $0.50. Cards are rechargeable and tickets are automatically credited. The mini golf is fun and quick play - great for kids as it is not so long.
Written February 13, 2020
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Jason_Tinley_Park
Tinley Park, IL138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This place was a lot of fun. There is no admission cost so those members of our family who don’t like to ride the rides could still be there and not feel like they were wasting any money. The food was surprisingly good for an amusement park - still somewhat pricey but not nearly as bad as a normal amusement park. The place that makes crepes was excellent. Get the all day pass for the rides. Lines were never really long (again, compared to normal amusement parks). They have plenty of options for all ages.

Unfortunately, while we were sitting down eating dinner, we saw a small child puke on the kiddie ride right next to us. They shut down the ride, and then two maintenance workers came over and scrubbed every inch of this thing for about 20 minutes. Then they taped off that particular car, and finally reopened the ride. It was fairly impressive to see how much they cleaned it, and then didn’t let other guests use that car after the ride was reopened.
Written August 7, 2022
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LiveLife530
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Great experience! Loved watching the sea lions swim around and play with one another. Restaurants on the wharf are good! Bad customer service was experienced at one of the restaurants, I don't recall the name of the restaurant but it was the only one that is upstairs and is Mexican cuisine. The waiters didn't even acknowledge my son and I. I had to ask to place my order. I asked for plastic utensils the waiter looked at me and walked away...he never came back. I asked for 2 straws the bus boy who gave us the straws just got done running his hands through his hair....the straws were not wrapped. At the time the restaurant wasn't busy so I don't know exactly what was going on. No waiter asked us if we wanted a refill, our chip bowl refilled our beverages refilled. No nothing.
Worst experience ever.
Written November 23, 2022
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