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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This amusement park contains the oldest still operational wood roller coaster. The park is good for all ages, serves beer and has a free music series during the summer.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WinoExtreme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is NOT a wintertime, weekday destination. All the rides were closed as were many of the shops but the arcade was open late. We didn't come to hang on the Boardwalk so there was no disappointment. It still rocks from March through October though.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank motopoet59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a great surprise. First,parking was super easy-right at the location and plenty of it. $10 for the whole day. The boardwalk is right along the beach and offers tons of great food (fair type food like cotton candy, make your own slushies,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fleamcd1971
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's like a time warp. This beautiful setting, golden beach and this clearly retro amusement park all spread out before you . The people watching is fabulous and so is the view.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mikek794
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a typical seaside boardwalk with typical overpriced boardwalk food, rides, arcades and tsatske shops. It's a perfectly fine place for a few hours of family entertainment. I happen to like typical seaside boardwalks so the Santa Cruz boardwalk is fine by me!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 60795HappyCamper16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

love the sta.cruz., boardwalk one stop loads of fun , people and the beach all right there for us to enjoy love it and the service is always 100% just an all round fun experience

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BigMommasCrew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Roller coaster,..& more fun rides by the beach. A fun place to be with family and friends, where you can ride roller coaster and at the same time chill at the beach. I lived here for 3 yrs then I came back last Sept 2018...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LynVR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very easy, enjoyable walk. Saw the sea lions in the water and also under the wharf lying on the joists. Lovely view of the beachfront. There were shops if you wished.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank trish-doug
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun place to visit however was much smaller than we imagined from the photographs. You wouldn’t need too long here but Santa Cruz was a nice stop off on our road trip.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank aimeemoore5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Boardwalk was a great experience. There is so many different things to do that it is suitable for anyone. There is a indoor arcade, funfair, food, walk along the beach, have a day at the beach and there are many restaurants to enjoy a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Mercy H
July 27, 2018|
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Response from SCBoardwalk | Property representative |
Yes! You can definitely bring ice chests onto the beach or Boardwalk. The City of Santa Cruz has rules for the beach (no smoking, alcohol, dogs, fires, etc.) but ice chests are fine!
Doug C
July 27, 2018|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
It didn't seem that long. It was less than an hour. And it was totally worth it.
July 26, 2018|
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Response from Twinoakmom | Reviewed this property |
I would say there going to be pretty long. Even though a lot of kids will be in school with the discounted prices that brings more people. There are so many other things to do, you'll have a great time.