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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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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 free. Ride tickets may be purchased per ride, per day, or per season. Free summer entertainment includes Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“roller coaster” (201 reviews)
“giant dipper” (146 reviews)
“amusement park” (203 reviews)
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The rides open at 10. Get there at around 9:30 when it's not so crowded with tourists, and you can get first in line for the rides, but most food options aren't open yet, but at least it's not crowded. It's free to go on...More

Thank Mulan H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

No hesitation in awarding 5*. Great rides and fun for two adults and two children aged 11 and 9. We paid $39 per ticket for 4 of us so about £120. For that you get all day access to the rides, which are really great...More

Thank thandah17
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fun to walk and people watch even if you don't go on any rides! Still makes you feel like a kid again!

Thank nancela2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

This review if for live music by boardwalk. I'd like to command the city for providing free live entreatment for locals and tourists. What a great way to distress on Friday nights! After a long week of work and responsibilities, it's so nice to sit...More

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved Santa Cruz. We were visiting a friend in San Francisco, and she suggested we go. We road along the scenic route and stopped to get some jam at a local farm. Once we arrived, the weather was warm and the sun was shining....More

Thank Danielle R
Reviewed 3 days ago

We rode down on the Roaring Camp train, and spent several hours around the boardwalk before our ride home. It is very interesting to see the refurbished parts of the old boardwalk (like the Laughing Sal and the gorgeous Carousel). You can get a great...More

Thank Lucy E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Walked around the boardwalk, rode a few rides and spent most our time people watching. Great afternoon/evening activity

Thank maddyl87
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The wooden rollercoaster for my opinion is still the best attraction at the boardwalk and beats all the rides down hands beat despite being the oldest! If you only do one ride at the boardwalk then make sure it is this one as it is...More

Thank Ivor W
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a repeat visit to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Its a fun amusement park The historic roller coasters are so fun to ride The carousel is super fun too. I like the arial ride and water rides They also have a train ride. There...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 4 days ago

Enjoy a day of great rides, carnival food, and right on the beach if you want a quick dip. Great place for kids, families and teens.

Thank Droundy
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Cristina P
2 August 2017|
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Response from chiliyo | Reviewed this property |
Access to the Boardwalk is free. You only pay for the rides.
Abigail C
30 June 2017|
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Response from thandah17 | Reviewed this property |
You need your own wristband to access the rides. They are secured around your wrist and need to be scanned as you access each ride
23 June 2017|
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Response from marywoods | Reviewed this property |
There are several campgrounds around and a KOA a short drive away. We were going to take our RV down but changed our mind. Reserve early though they fill up fast.