Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

4.1
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s oldest surviving amusement park, offers classic funfair attractions in a seaside setting. Ride on the Giant Dipper, a world-famous wooden roller coaster that has thrilled visitors since 1924. Make sure to keep your eyes open to catch superb views of the beach. For more vintage fun, take a spin on the Looff Carousel, a hand-carved merry-go-round that dates back to 1911. Try your luck on carnival games, play old favorites in the video arcade, or swing a round of mini-golf. Refuel with boardwalk classics, such as corndogs, pretzels, cotton candy, and saltwater taffy. If you are in the mood for something more upscale, head to Fisherman’s Galley. Put Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santa Cruz vacation planner.
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  • Arcade is decent and not so expensive by today’s standards. Most things are $1.00 per play but there are some at $0.50. Cards are rechargeable and tickets are automatically credited. The mini golf is....  more »
  • Great family place. Beach, amusement park, food, weather, all great. The town has good shopping, food and ocean walk. Traffic can be very heavy so don’t plan to drive around. Day trips to Monterey...  more »
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  • One of my most favorite places to visit. My mom told me about Santa Cruz but I was not able to go with her. Now my best friend lives near there and affords me the opportunity to visit often. I’ve taken my children, my husband, and now my stepson. It’s so completely stunning to see the beach from the sky ride!! The roller coaster is one of the original five. Corn dogs are something to write home about. Just everything is amazing at this amusement park on the beach. Stroll in and out of the park to beach freely. Love it and will be going again soon.
  • Awesome place to hang out during a summer evening. The beach is really neat and nice! Awesome boardwalk with lots of activity to do! The rides are real fun for kids and adults. Lots of places to eat as well. I hear the rides and stuff are open only during the summer.

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