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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went to SantaCruz in september after the main holiday season had finished. It looked a sad, mostly shut and in need of repair kind of place. I assume it's better in the season but its very much the tourist trap.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely place to stop whilst driving Highway 1. Boardwalk is like stepping back in time but is a great place to people watch and have a go on the arcades. Beautiful beach too!

Thank Ladybird172
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is such a fun place for both kids and adults. You walk along the beautiful beach, passing arcade games, food stops, and then arrive at the terrific amusement park. Be sure to go in season when all the attractions are open. Try the water...More

Thank Rellots123
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice day. Very quiet beach and boardwalk. No rides open. Some stores and arcade open. Visited around 12 noon.

Thank tc92018
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is another favorite stop of mine! Go early and get a few tickets, ride a few rides, enjoy the views, grab a bite and a drink. I could easily spend a full day here and hanging out on the beach. It is such a...More

Thank Whitney G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For September the weather was fan. During the week the rides are not open. There is a casino/arcade that is open

Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were real tourists. Hit all the shops. I use to work in Santa Cruz some 30 years ago. Restaurant have improved but gift shops about the same

Thank bpi45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had limited time but took a quick walk. Need to return to ride the historic and old wooden roller coaster. And also very old carousel. Great photo opps. And during summer there are weekend concerts on the beach. So California cool.

Thank BiancaBunn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the boardwalk late in the afternoon on a Wednesday after Labor Day. Not a lot of people around. It was daytime and there were a few people on the beach and quite a few volleyball players. Seemed slightly sketchy, but maybe that was...More

Thank vegasmom13
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have the perfect amount of rides for a day full of fun. I love to go on Splash Mountain when it is sunny out.

Thank Karla J
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Mercy H
28 July 2018|
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Response from SCBoardwalk | Property representative |
Yes! You can definitely bring ice chests onto the beach or Boardwalk. The City of Santa Cruz has rules for the beach (no smoking, alcohol, dogs, fires, etc.) but ice chests are fine!
Doug C
28 July 2018|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
It didn't seem that long. It was less than an hour. And it was totally worth it.
27 July 2018|
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Response from makeitso4u | Reviewed this property |
The front of the Big Dipper is smoothest by far plus you get a great view. The rear is the wildest because you get the whip... It should not be too crowded because it close to school starting and parents are shopping. But... More