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“giant dipper”(172 reviews)
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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 via mobile

What a blast. Good times, clean, felt safe security everywhere. No alchol allowed on the beach was kinda a bummer but it was nice not having to deal with drunks on the beach and the beach was clean.. The giant dipper was a blast

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank deweyhoppit
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Boardwalk- simply a must have while in Santa Cruz. I liked the giant dipper most. This is one of the oldest dollar coasters- and made out of lots of wood. Perfect evening with my family.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank wernerk115
Reviewed 4 days ago

The boardwalk is wonderful because everything is free and who doesn't love the beach? It's free to get in with free concerts and free movies for those of us that are not interested in all the rides - most of which you see in a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kathi M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a great place to spend the day! There is no admission fee. The boardwalk has so many fun things to do, excellent food selection and access to the beach. My family had a great time here!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank danielledH9006EO
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopped here on our drive to Monterey from San Francisco. Parking was easy, the boardwalk was clean and well maintained. We rode the Giant Dipper for the nostalgia of a wooden rollercoaster but didn't feel compelled to ride anything. Great people watching!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank twinsareenough
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family goes every year, we love it. Look forward to our visit every summer. Kids love the rides. It's never too busy and food is great. Reminds me of my childhood vacations before my father passed away, lots of great memories.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lived up to the hype and more! We had an amazing time. Lower your expectations on food. Arrive early, traffic looked like a nightmare after 12pm. Pay $20 for the main parking lot - we were told that car-break ins are common for street parking....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank aplamo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to take the family to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Sunday. I knew traffic would be bad and we were prepared for that. After waiting in line for a hour to enter the main parking lot across from the Boardwalk we arrived...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank comp788
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent two days at the boardwalk and had a great time! The wrist band was a great value. They have a AAA discount if you buy online ahead of time.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank amberw175
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time visiting, got the kids the daily wrist bands and for us knowing we were not planning to go on many rides one of the passes. Prices were a little steep but compared to other places about right. Spent a Saturday there. The morning...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Martha G
July 15, 2019|
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Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
Check with Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk website. They give a lot of information and a number you can call. We used the cards. And got our train tickets on line.
Martha G
July 15, 2019|
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Response from Pamela M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can do that on line then print the wrist bands. Have fun. It’s VERY busy
Mary M
June 17, 2019|
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Response from kendog1111 | Reviewed this property |
It can range any where from 1.50 on retro nights all the way to 8.00 dollars