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“giant dipper”(165 reviews)
“amusement park”(244 reviews)
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 yesterday via mobile

This is such a wonderful place! I love coming here all times of year walking around taking in all the sights. It’s just a blast. You can drink beer next to the beach eat take pictures. Best place ever!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank T3183IYrobinb
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Perfect afternoon walk at the boardwalk. It’s nice with fun rides and arcades. Good parking space...

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravellingPumpkinPat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place!!!!!!!!! We had fun for hours. We all had a great time. The rollercoster is incredible.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank javiergsotes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just stopped here to ride the Giant Dipper and see the sights. We felt fortunate that the park was even open the week after Christmas. Rather than pay the flat rate $10 parking in the lot, we opted to drive around until we found...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andrewsk8s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't expecting much, as we headed there on 2 Jan 2019. Expected most things to be closed for winter/ the new year's break, but we were surprised that around half of the shops and rides were open for business. It was a lovely place,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank ashleytta
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, I'm not really into arcade games and carnival rides. We just walked to one end and back. It was loud, lots of people and kids, but that was expected. There were a lot of rides, carnival games, and arcade games if you're...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lonil990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for a quick visit, just to stretch our legs on a road trip up North. Kids all got an ice cream and we walked on the beach a little. Didn't ride any rides, I believe the wooden one was $7.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marissa Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Haven’t visited in many years. Back when it was closed during winter. Now it’s open and well populated on New Year’s Day. The arcade surely has changed with their very large gaming systems and buying a card rather than just buying the game with coins...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 48mjn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my family, we mostly spend time at the beach but this place is fun and there is so much to do apart from strolling at the beach. Rides are good, ice skating was interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kapilraju
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend a day at the beach while kids are having fun at the amusement park. I was impressed at number of rollercoaster rides and other rides for older kids.

Date of experience: December 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.