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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060

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Description

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is California's oldest surviving seaside amusement park. In fact, it is one of the few remaining major seaside resort/amusement parks in the United States. Even more impressive, the family operated Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007.

With a blend of vintage and modern attractions, the Boardwalk has entertained millions of guests. It most popular ride, the Big Dipper Roller Coaster, reached 55 million riders in 2007. In addition to its 35 rides, three arcades, 27 skin games (oops, "games of skill"), 36 food vendors, indoor miniature gold and laser tag, there is the beautiful mile-long sandy beach that the amusement park sits on.

If you are concerned that there is not much for the younger kids, there are a dozen kiddie rides that cater just to them. Most of these are located at one end of the Boardwalk and allow a chaperone to ride along.

One of the Boardwalk's most beautiful attractions is it 1911 Looff Carousel with its hand-carved horses and chariots. It's original 342 pipe, 1894 band organ is still in operation. Be sure to sit on an outside horse to be able to catch and throw the rings!

I have been here various times over the years and three times so far with little kids. With young kids, I would recommend going early. It's less crowded at that time and by the late afternoon, the make-up of the crowd changes.

Admission Prices

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  • Admission is free
  • Ride Tickets
    $1.00 and all rides are 3-6 tickets ($3-$6) each
  • All Day Unlimited Rides Wristband $33.95 plus tax

Parking Fee

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  • All vehicles: $15
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