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Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
Phone Number: +1 831-423-5590

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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Tons of sea lions

Saw soooo many sea lions. Lots of food and attractions. Romantic and scenic. Wpuld definitely go again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not too crowded for a sunday. Lots of good food to choose from. A great selection of rides for those who like slow rides or fast rides.

Thank Laura B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Saw soooo many sea lions. Lots of food and attractions. Romantic and scenic. Wpuld definitely go again.

Thank Adina H
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this spot. Weekend get away. Just hanging out and play some fun game and enjoy the sunny weather. All the ride al fun too.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like the non stop sound of electronic gaming machines, the completely tacky side of beachside resorts, the thrill of rides etc. then you will love the boardwalk. If you don't it is easily possible to avoid going anywhere near it. The choice is yours.........we avoided it!

Thank Xante
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

....but the entire fairground was closed for a private event for students. Very disappointed as wanted to ride the retro roller coaster and take photos for travel log. There also seems to be a fair bit of demolition going on. Wouldn't rush back again. Certainly not until the renovations are done. Check info on opening times before making a dedicated... More 

Thank stormylondon
Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went there in early September and many of the shops were closed due to the season but I'm sure in the summer the place is jumping.

Thank labouton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For sheer nostalgia i love the Boardwalk. Had to go on the caveman train, the carousel, etc. In the arcade about 1/2 the games we tried to play wouldn't work for us. I guess its the chance you take Great fun anyway

Thank Diane H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Get here early as parking is horrible. That said it is Santa Cruz and the beach is right here so thats always a good place to cool off if you get tired of the crowds. Rides are like any carnival, they have some old time stuff from back in the day which is cool. Carny food is always great even... More 

Thank Sean E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mini golf was just silly fun.😊 only takes a short time and only $5 a person. The kids will love it.

Thank Margaret H
Stateline, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best boardwalk I have ever seen. Fun rides, great for all ages, Adults and kids alike. Had a blast with my 7 year old. Great valur for the price as I am concerned. Fun games, Great food. Nice staff. Seriously above expectations. A must for a family trip.

Thank sublimegirlly

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