Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

A classic seaside amusement park

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People started vacationing in Santa Cruz back in the 1800s, and they’ve been walking the historic Boardwalk — which sits on a mile-long beach — for more than a century.

There are rides for all ages, including a the classic Giant Dipper roller coaster built in 1924 and the Haunted Castle ride (opened in June 2010). Two buildings have arcade games, a miniature golf course and laser-tag. Undertow, Northern California’s only spinning coaster, opened in August 2013.

There are plenty of rides for little kids, including the drenching Logger’s Revenge and the 1911 Looff carousel–sit on an outside horse to grab rings and toss them in the clown’s mouth.

The Boardwalk hosts free bands on summer Fridays. This year’s lineup includes Taylor Dane, Papa Doo Run, and Smash Mouth. They also screen free movies on Wednesday evenings. Go watch the Lost Boys, filmed at the Boardwalk, and a crowd favorite.

The food offerings at the actual Boardwalk include corn dogs and tacos. Cross the street to the Picnic Basket for gourmet sandwiches, or sit down with brews and an ocean view at Ideal Bar and Grill.

When you’re tired of the thrills, wander down to the sea to play in the waves. The water tends to be cleaner between the pier and the river run off.

Info Line: (831) 423-5590

At A Glance

400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz CA 95060
(831) 423-5590
Free to walk, but pay for rides: individual rides $4 to $7, all-day wristbands $37
Open daily April – early September. Hours vary; see calendar or call. Open weekends rest of year.


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