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“Love this place!”

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley Private Tour
Ranked #3 of 83 things to do in Santa Cruz
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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.
Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This place is honestly my most favorite place! I always make a huge effort to get to Santa Cruz whenever I'm in California visiting family. Great atmosphere, lots of fun in the sun! The rides are a little on the expensive side and when the weather is nice there is always a ton of people, but thats comes with the territory. Still a great place to bring friends or family for ANY occasion!

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A nice place to spend a few hours.”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

We stopped off in Santa Cruz for a few hours en route to somewhere else. We basically came here as it was in the movie The Lost Boys which my wife loves. We found parking quite easily, especially for a sunny Sunday. The boardwalk was packed but it was enjoyable to walk around and play a few off the games. We also rode the carousel which was fun!

On the end near the pier, you will encounter some homeless people but they caused no problems. The pier is ok to walk along and we came across some sea lions and otters sunning themselves on a floating platform. The boardwalk and pier were nice to visit, but I probably wouldn't stay in the area.

Visited August 2013
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Thoiry, Rhone-Alpes, France
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Didn't love it”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The boardwalk was okay to walk through once, but it just felt unsanitary. There's tons of greasy food everywhere, sketchy people hanging around, and there are far better beaches further north or further south.

Visited August 2013
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Pleasanton Ca
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent place for fun in the sun and rides”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Santa Cruz Boardwalk is great for tourists or locals. There is the beach to lay out in the sun, and then there are the rides , food, fun, midway games, great food choices on the boardwalk, and walk to good food in the pier.

Try it.....

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed August 27, 2013

It was fun to see the changes since our last visit.
Very crowded due to the good weather.
Food was a little high on the boardwalk.

Visited August 2013
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