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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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Arcades & giant dipper

If you love arcades and different carnival games you'll enjoy the walk. All 4 of us hopped on the Giant Dipper (wooden rollercoaster) and we're all surprised it was more thrilling... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
David O
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband took me to Santa Cruz for my birthday along with out three children. It was the best idea. The boardwalk offers a variety of activities for kids and adults. You can also enjoy a nice restaurant by the beach or beautiful downtown.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must-see attraction if you are in the San Francisco Bay area for more than a few days. If you are local, come down here at least a couple times per year. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a traditional Boardwalk amusement park with a lot of interesting history. The most notable history is the 19 eighties movie... More 

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We love this place year round. Been going there over 30 years. There are the outdoor rides, indoor mini golf/arcades/laser tag. And of course there is the beach! The day we went happened to be 70 degrees at the end of December. The tickets to the rides have gotten a bit expensive, but at least there is no charge just... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent the afternoon walking the boardwalk and pier. It's not quite Coney Island but like Coney Island you just have to go because it's fun! There are rides for all ages and the arcade has all the games you'd want to pass the time. Plus the pier/wharf is an easy stroll for seeing the water, getting gorgeous sunsets and taking... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love arcades and different carnival games you'll enjoy the walk. All 4 of us hopped on the Giant Dipper (wooden rollercoaster) and we're all surprised it was more thrilling than we thought it'd be. Download the parking ap to save time with parking since all the meters require quarters.

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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

ive been to the boardwalk 3 times and every time i see something new and different. what fun it is to see all the people. the only downfall to the boardwalk is that it is only open late during the summer months

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The kids still talk about how much fun we had, and we didn't even get to do everything. They loved the log ride and we went on it over Andy over and over again. Beach was really busy this time, but always beautiful! Next time we hope to go miniature golfing and do laser tag. The food is always good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The boardwalk is always a lot of fun. Great roller coasters and other rides, right on the beach, but I guess why it's called the boardwalk...Can't beat the location. It was closed for construction when we went in early January, and it was also pouring rain. We spent time in the arcade and at the mini golf in Neptune's Kingdom.... More 

Thank Ladymcgaga
Orcutt, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here while growing up. teh Wooden Roller Coaster is geat and brought back memories. The Merry Go Round still has the ring toss, and pipe organ. They have updated other things. Taffy still can be had. The Casino had moremodern games but still the the old time feeling. Well worth the stop. I do remeber fireworks on the warf... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were taken aback at how old this place is and how it has not changed in 20 years. Dirty, tired and too many people. Overall boring.

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