Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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.
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Matthew J
Buena Park, CA510 contributions
My family enjoyed an iconic summer day here at the Boardwalk. Get here early to find parking. We got here around 11:30 am (half an hour after opening) and paid $25 for an all-day lot. As we were leaving around 3:30 pm, most of the $25 lots and all of the meter parking were full.

We ate some chocolate, pulled pork tater tots, bacon-topped hot dog, and fried zucchini hearts. After that, we bought a $100 pass (115 tickets) and this was enough for 4 people to get on 3 rides, and 3 people to ride one additional ride. We had fun on the carousel, free fall, log ride, and sidewinder coaster. My older daughter was thrilled when she successfully tossed a ring into the clown's mouth on the unique carousel, always a highlight of a visit here.

After the rides, we walked down to the sandy beach and enjoyed the waves (along with throngs of other beach goers). Fun times!
Written July 31, 2022
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Jason_Tinley_Park
Tinley Park, IL146 contributions
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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Xerxes R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates437 contributions
Friends
Excellent visit to the beach today. The weather was great. There was a volleyball tournament going on so that was fun too. The parking was a bit of a challenge with gated parking at 20dollars. There is also the street parking which is by meter.
The restaurants at the beach were good as well. Bit overpriced but guess that's ok cause of the venue and ambience.
Have a lovely day and visit.
Written June 15, 2022
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Reed
Orlando, FL1,364 contributions
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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Beth S
South Lake Tahoe, CA387 contributions
Warm weekends - get there early for beach space and parking. Traffic picks up and driving around town is a zoo. We got to the beach about 11:15 am and many of the activities were closed. The bathroom was open and so was the beach! Our young children played at the beach for 2 hours before we decided to walk the pier. The sea lions were out in droves calling for feeding. Fisher-people had their lines in the water from the pier and a few had caught fish. We did not go into the boardwalk (mall) area. The kids had lots of fun. By the time we left the beach, traffic was snarled, parking was at a premium, a sand volleyball tournament was underway, and street vendors were everywhere.
Written April 10, 2022
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Kelly V
Charlton, NY289 contributions
Family
We brought our 13 yo twin boys here during our summer Cali trip, traveling the coast. This is one of the oldest seaside amusement parks that was clean and well kept. We come from the east coast where many of the parks are old and run down- Santa Cruz is beautiful. The best part is that a week in August they have unlimited ride bands for only $19.95 after 5pm- we planned our trip to be sure we could capitalize on this opportunity. You can get tickets right at the boardwalk. It is right on the beach, but note the water is a ways back. Oh- and watch The Lost Boys before you go!
Written August 12, 2022
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Max
Los Angeles, CA356 contributions
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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Richard W
Penn Valley, CA725 contributions
I had not been here in decades and I was totally impressed! The place is clean, neatly and freshly painted, well maintained, staff are well trained and helpful, the rides are well maintained and monitored carefully, lots of food options, clean restrooms and visible security. We felt safe and had a blast with our group of ages 75 - 4 months.
There are a variety of options for ticket purchase, the season pass is by far the best option, but there are others. Each ride tells you how many tickets you have left on your pass and you can add value if needed. The rides are not cheap, but you pay for safety, maintenance and assistance. The cheapest child ride was 5 tickets = $5. The iconic Big Dipper wood roller coaster was $8. Trains are available to and from Roaring Camp/Big Trees. Parking is around $20 and is right across the street...easy access.
We loved being there again and will go back.
Written June 27, 2022
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832vgs
New Delhi, India1,336 contributions
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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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,323 contributions
It's been over 30 years but we're back. We checked it out to see if any changes, and to introduce the iconic landmark to the grandchildren.
Parking is a hassle. After we found a space on the street we had to find the coin changer machine. Put in paper currency and get a $1 token (s). Then queue up to the entry. We found several entries besides the main one which should be avoided.
The major rides, eg, Giant Dipper, are expensive. One ride per person is $8, but the kids felt it was worthwhile albeit scary. They claim they raised their arms on the decline -- if but a few seconds.
The food is pretty bad at the boardwalk vendors. I settled for a chili dog. I suggest you bring your own picnic meal.
The kids will want to remember the best memories of the SCB Boardwalk and return again and again.
Written August 22, 2021
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