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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” (211 reviews)
“giant dipper” (152 reviews)
“amusement park” (214 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The boardwalk is fun and if you are a fan of "The Lost Boys" movie from 1987, it's a piece of movie history as a lot of the movie was filmed on the boardwalk and around Santa Cruz. The only thing I would advise is...More

Thank travelingwife2017
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Most everything was closed for winter but still enjoyed walking the boardwalk. The ice rink was open and the kids loved it.

Thank Roxlee33
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Another fun time on the Boardwalk. Great rides, fun games, and yummy food. You can't go wrong with a mini amusement park located alongside a beautiful ocean. Just remember to bring a sweatshirt with you for the evening. It does get chilly once the sun...More

Thank dandksmommy
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is consistently voted Best Boardwalk. It offers everything you could want. A great roller coaster and all the usual amusement rides, as well as a two story arcade with a mini-golf course. Plenty of food and even some healthy-ish options....More

1  Thank 1beachbrat
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the beach and view, not many vendors were present. The food was fresh and good. Some rides were available, I guess due to the time of the month,many rides were closed. The shops were nice, will come back to visit.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boardwalk fun and games enough junk food to make the biggest foody say enough. Stick around for the evening concerts on the beach. Mini golf, rides and yes more food!

Thank Penny S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rides shops food you shouldn't eat and the ocean. Great for a visit but in 110 degree heat you don't want to move to far so just sit on the beach.

Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, I did read online that only a few rides were open in the winter. Unfortunately, I went on a weekend that was a really odd weekend. As the holiday on ice had just started, the main attraction was a very small covered rink they...More

Thank Breana M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A last day activity for me before heading back to Sydney. A Wet and Windy Sunday and the place was pretty quiet. Free entry but many of the activities were quite expensive - still a number of pressed penny machines here though for those interested...More

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was cute, very old and historic. I would assume lots of people during high season, we were there in November. Great for kids.

Thank twokuhns
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17 September 2017|
Response from Cyrinaaaaa | Reviewed this property |
11 am to 7 pm according to google. Hope this helps :)
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
29 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