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Address: Santa Cruz, CA

A popular kiddie ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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Good for Small Children and a rest from the Boardwalk Mayhem

Climb Aboard to go back to the CaveMan times. This is not Disney by any means. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has updated this ride and it remains a classic. Step back in time... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Santa Cruz, California
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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The Cave Train, a kind of amusement park train ride/dark ride combination, is a nod to the past attractions history of the incredible Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk that can be experienced simply as a family-friendly ride or a literal trip down memory lane for those of us who have ridden it for decades, and are grateful that while it's been... More 

Thank CoasterFan1924
Santa Cruz, California
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404 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Climb Aboard to go back to the CaveMan times. This is not Disney by any means. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has updated this ride and it remains a classic. Step back in time and into the dark.

Thank JeriLG
central coast
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96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

No, this is not fancy Disney special effects. Nor is it tied into any movie, current TV or cultural reference. This is a unique piece of americana with California flair. If you like dark rides, you'll love this one. It's not a thrill ride, it's a sunday drive. The train takes you through a wacky series of dioramas featuring cavemen... More 

Thank chuttipen
Santa Cruz, California
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307 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Kids and adults will enjoy spending time in this gentle ride at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Most other rides are either for adults or children, as there are scary roller coasters, etc. or kiddie rides. This can be happily shared with all ages.

1 Thank Judybookdoc
Santa Cruz, California
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62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015

If you have really little kids with you (1-8), then this can be okay for them, but not an adult adventure by any stretch of the imagination. This ride probably predates Disneyland by many years and probably has not been updated since it opened.

Thank Paul C
Hollister, California
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134 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2014

Worst ride at the boardwalk!! Long wait and the cave is dusty and stuffy. The props are from the caveman era at the boardwalk, and as ancient as the caveman days.

Thank AmyJune H
Fremont, California
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5,162 reviews
3,341 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,633 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is a relaxing ride that kids will like as a break from the exciting roller coasters. Its a fun ride to take. I would however only do it if the wait line is reasonable; i.e. its not a Disneyland style ride but more a fun but older ride.

2 Thank mini
Lodi, California
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Fun train ride for the kids. The Train is very nice. The tunnel was fun. We went on it 6 times in a row. Great for kids under 9.

3 Thank Lodiwinecountry
Santa Cruz, California
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48 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

Did this often with our young children over the years. Took my elderly parents and grown children back for a "walk down memory lane." Same train, same smells. Some different sets now, but still just good fun.

3 Thank liquid_elements
Santa Cruz, California
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2012

the cave train is a fun place for all ages! Every winter they revamp it a bit, it is always great at the beginning of summer to check out what has changed since last year.

1 Thank CalItal

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