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“Closed midweek”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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$399.00*
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Monterey Bay Coastal Day Trip from San Francisco...
Ranked #10 of 95 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We traveled after Labor day so am sure it was off season, however I was disappointed to see that almost everything was closed mid week. No rides and many places to eat where shuttered up tight. It was still nice however to walk through the area.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Decent restaurants, beautiful sunsets, sea lions, and not overly crowded, at least during the weekdays.

Thank islandstylenumber1
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Urban recreational ambiance will all sizes shapes and colors.
Kids will love it and will have to be dragged away.
Parents will have to be careful to retain the contents of their stomachs
on these rides. Lets just call it, Adrenalin for all the family.

Thank Erick S
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Imagine Blackpool and Barry Island x 10! Tacky commercialised but mustdo! Worth seeing and if you like funfairs and candyfloss you'll love it! We walked from one end to the other and just enjoyed it for what it was!

Thank David G
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The beach boardwalk is a throw back to a time gone by. The funfair is great for the younger ones and being right on the edge of the beach makes it even more fun. For us though, we spent an hour or so in the building which used to house to old swimming pool. It now contains a carousel, some mini golf and pool tables.

Up on the balcony level there are some really interesting plaques which outline the history of Santa Cruz as a tourist destination going back to the start of rail travel. It was a great insight into the glory days of the resort & I would have loved to have found out more.

Also as an aside, if you are coming down from San Francisco, don't bother crowding on the pier there to catch a glimpse of the Sea Lions. There are loads of them using the pier at Pismo Beach as a rest up spot. Much better views & photo opportunities here.

Thank Philip K
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