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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
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+1 831-423-5590

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The...

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.

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I liked the Boardwalk during the week, but the weekends are crowded. I went on a Wednesday and a Saturday, which is the most crowded day of the week. So I would recommend a week... read more

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12 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I liked the Boardwalk during the week, but the weekends are crowded. I went on a Wednesday and a Saturday, which is the most crowded day of the week. So I would recommend a week day rather than a weekend.

Thank xtine352
Capitola, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This really is the best boardwalk in the world. When you combine the surf, the beach, the rides, the games, the fun and the food all reasonably priced, it just doesn't get any better.

Thank Gourmet4u
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

A bit pricey, but Costco had a good deal on tickets. Bring sunscreen and lots water! Overall lines were not very long and we had a great family fun day!

Thank Lilleahb
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First time on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz California. They have everything. Large game room area with all manner of games like in Chickie Cheese only more. Carnival atmosphere. Lots of rides also like at Disney or six flags. Real locomotive and cars to ride. All the fair carnival food. No alcohol. Plenty of parking but gets very crowded. Right... More 

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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my daughter for Mother's Day trip. It was a fun day and the boardwalk was great. There were lots of rides and good food. Great view of the beach. We had a lot of fun, would go again.

Thank Wandah F
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This had to be the worst place we have visited on the west coast. Everywhere is dirty, a lot of homeless and the great unwashed wandering around the place. Not dog friendly!!!

Thank Jason P
Wadsworth, Ohio
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here to break up one of days on a border to border trip. My main purpose (beside a stretch time) to for a date with my husband and to ride the carousel. The carousel (for history buffs) is unique because you can grab for the elusive brass ring. Even my husband, who prefers coasters, tolerated it because it... More 

Thank Brenda2772
Pahrump, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The rides are very high priced and most are only open on the weekends until the warmer weather. It left me me! The food was stupid expensive too.

Thank hjcbirdbath
Clayton, California
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was lovely nice experience with basic living accomodations the hotel manager a bit nosey but I enjoyed it as well

Thank tiombe36
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Boardwalk is an experience every child and adult needs to have! You can't beat the sound and smells of the ocean coupled with salt water taffy and a corndog! There's nothing like the Boardwalk, if you are in Santa Cruz you've got to stop by and walk the Boardwalk. People watching while enjoying a fried funnel cake or cold... More 

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