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“Oldie but goodie...needs some work, but that is what makes it great”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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$399.00*
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9-Hour Chauffeured Monterey Bay Coast Tour from San Francisco
Ranked #2 of 85 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 11, 2013

If you are in the area on vaction looking for something to do or a native Californian like myself, you cannot go wrong with a day at the famous Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. The "Big Dipper" wooden framed rollercoaster takes you back in time all the long you can buy some salt water taffy and a old western photo if you so choose. The beach itself is not the cleanest or nicest you can find on the coast, but it is still a nice scene. This is a great family or date outing to be done once in a while.Get out of town, see some hippies and enjoy the ride.

Thank Kate C
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We visit often and throughout the year but if you can go in the fall you will find the weather is spectacular, no fog and barely any wind. In addition to the gorgeous weather the crowds are a lot less. With kids back in school & people returning to their life's schedules the beach and boardwalk are less crowded. Parking is easier to find too. The ocean is warm from the summer months so swimming is plus. Rates are better too. Hotels & motels drop their prices once summer is over. Check when the rides and attractions are open since the schedule changes too.

Thank AME420
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We visited in April with our 3 children (age 8, 5 & 3). It's a lovely small attraction with short lines and charming staff.
We arrived just as the rides were opening, we didn't have to wait in line for any ride although it did get busier later in the afternoon. As there were 5 of us we decided against the wristbands as it was just not cost efficient for the time we had there, but their 50 ticket deal for $45 was great value and worked well for us.
Just remember to take a jacket or sweater, the wind from the Ocean was cold.

1  Thank Superdella
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Loved the Boardwalk. Food is incredibly expensive. Be prepared with cash or have a cooler with food or a nearby hotel with a fridge to stock food items.

1  Thank DonnaH239
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Me and the wife drove up and down the coast for a week and we stoped at the board walk and i was impressed just thout it to be the beach but it has rides and food very nice

Thank hungrymand
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