Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 72%Local Culture
- 70%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 66%Budget Travelers
- 66%Adventure Travelers
- 56%Nightlife Lovers
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- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 07, 2014
4 Stars just on the strength of the Giant Dipper. There is something about those old wood rollercoasters that just can't be recreated at Great America and other big park venues. The rollercoaster at Arnold's Park Iowa comes close though.
Otherwise, we parked free several blocks away and schlepped in on this very hot day. As expected, it was crowded, although the ride lines were managable. There was also a fair amount of room on the beach, although we weren't dressed for it. The people watching was a real mixed bag. Some clothes look good on people, but others don't......Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Apr 28, 2014
Old school boardwalk. A few rides, lots of junk food to waste your money on. I like the arcade area. They also have nice shops that sell clothes, longboards and surf related stuff. If you get bored just take the steps down to the beach!Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Apr 01, 2014
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is full of fun, with roller coaster rides, arcades, adult and children activities, and the beach. You can spend all day having fun with the family. Every so often there are concerts and special events happening at the boardwalk.Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMar 08, 2014
This seaside amusement park can be enjoyed "by the ride" or with an all-day ticket. There's no admittance fee. 100+ year old carousel and roller-coaster as well as newer rides and lots of arcades. Fronts main beach. Perfect for families. City lifeguards.Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkFeb 12, 2014
This Boardwalk with it's long sandy beach and fun Wharf is always a favorite place to visit for all ages. The kids are fascinated with the rides that range from gentle spinning teacups and the elegantly hand-carved horses on one of the few merry-go-rounds that still has rings to toss in the clown's mouth. It creates a loud laughter when a ring hits the target, which is enjoyed by everyone! For the older more adventurous kids, the Great Dipper and many other exciting rides and adventures are waiting for them. For Mom and Dads, there are beautiful flowers, wine tasting rooms & great restaurants on the Wharf, and for the Grandparents they will be interesting the historical pictures and the new & Free Monterey Bay Sanctuary Museum at the street right in front of the Wharf, along with lots of place to get fun and useful souvenirs. There are several discounts for the ride tickets on their website.Recommended for:
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- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesJan 23, 2014
This is THE reason people come to Santa Cruz. During the summer it's impossible to get a spot here to park, but during winter it's perfect. You can get a spot pretty easily. Go on one of the roller coasters, sit on the gondola for a great park view, or go to the beach and enjoy the people. Fun guaranteed if you try to have it.
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersVegetarianJan 05, 2014
What you might imagine rollercoasters, log rides, merry-go-rounds. Something for all ages, carnival games and stuff you wouldn't consider eating elsewhere that somehow becomes a requirement while there. LOUD music! You can wander around for the atmosphere for free and pay as you go for rides. Not enough to keep you for more than an hour or two. The beach is nearby but gets pretty crowded in the summer, might consider moving to Seabright if you want a little more quiet or space. In the winter things are largely shut down.Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkNov 18, 2013
One of the oldest amusement parks on the coast (my mother worked in the 'custard stand' on the boardwalk when she was in high school!) this is definitely one of my favorite spots to take the family. You can come and stay on the beach and only pay for those who want to go on rides - the Giant Dipper (!), Haunted House, Pirate Ship and Giant Swing, to name a few. The kiddie rides are at the end of the boardwalk and are lots of fun for small children. The season passes are a great bargain since the Boardwalk is open year round, and has lots to do.
There are often live bands on the beach on Friday nights during the summer and there's always the gift shops, arcade games and fun food. Great for all ages, and group size.
The famous 'Cave Man and Cave Woman' still ride the sky lift!Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
For all you 'Lost Boys' fans, this is the place featured prominently in the 80's vampire cult hit. Not many blood suckers these days but there is 'warm sand, cool surf and hot rides' as advertised. Admission is free as is the breeze blowing in off the beautiful Pacific Ocean.Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSep 13, 2013
The boardwalk is my favorite place to bring friends to show them the true Santa Cruz lifestyle. Walking down the boardwalk give you a sense of childhood and also a little thrill if you go on the roller coasters!
There are so many amazing rides but dont forget to check out the old bath house named Neptune's Kingdom. I was so amazed to read and see the history of this structure. It endured a fire back in the 50's and then many years of changes and construction. Finally the bath/swim house is gone and it is filled with happy children and arcade games for all.
The ultimate summer experience is to join the rest of the town on the sand every Friday night from June - Labor day weekend for Free Summer Concert Series. There are amazing bands each week that have you groovin' as the sun goes down.
The boardwalk has created so many memories for locals and visitors over the years, it is a true icon to the community.Recommended for:
- Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSep 13, 2013
I only give this place 5 stars because I grew up on this boardwalk. I know this place inside and out literally. It is a really great place. The rides are fun, there is stuff for the whole family (including kiddie rides) and during the summer they have concerts and cheap hot dogs, popcorn and sodas for a little over a dollar to celebrate having been there for so long. I do have to caution travelers it is only open on weekends in the off season. However this is great because there are NO lines. A must do in Santa Cruz.Recommended for: