Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Saturday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world, guests can enjoy over 40 rides and attractions. Open daily during the summer, weekends and select weekdays in the spring and fall. Enjoy Winter Wonderland during the winter, and the largest arcade in the country, open daily year-round. Visiting more than twice this year? Purchase a season pass, and it will pay for itself in less than two visits! Visiting just one day? Buy your rides wristband online in advance and visit weekdays, and save up to $20 per person! MyBoardwalk cards are also available for purchase and can be used for individual rides, attractions (like Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Laser Maze and Fright Walk), food and select retail locations. Visit early to get a great parking spot. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Visalia11
    255 contributions
    Lots of rides and other amusements next to the beach
    Lots of good rides for all ages. Many food options (pricey) . Next to beach. Pleasant way to spend an afternoon . You can save $20 per wristband if you buy in advance.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 7, 2023
  • miguel l
    1 contribution
    The Boardwalk
    I love the sights and amusements here; walking around and exploring the area is much more fun. I rode my first rollercoaster here, and I'll never forget how much fear and excitement went through my body. There's so much to do. It is overwhelming in a good way. I remember not wanting to leave because my friends and I haven't ridden every ride. This one ride that turned and spun was scary, but we still wanted to ride it. Santa Cruz has many attractions for young individuals and entertainment for all ages. This place is so memorable. I recommend it to everyone.
    Visited June 2022
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Robbie F
    2 contributions
    Over all not worth the money
    Lots of things to do, staff was friendly, easy access, clean, lots of food options. Not worth the money, took 3 kids, paid full price for ride wrist bands but the lines were very long throughout the hole day. There was no discount for the 2 kids that couldn't ride 50% of the rides due to height. Would have been nice if they offered a discounted rate for the little kids....
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • 4stevemandy
    Seal Beach, California7,616 contributions
    An amazing old school park!
    This is a classic old school amusement park! This place reminds me of a defunct park Crystal Beach from southern Ontario Canada that I grew up visiting! The main focus here are dark and flat rides as well as a world class arcade with mini golf! The beach is right there too! The coasters are smaller and older than most parks, but still fun! The Sky Glider is a nice way to get across the park! The three dark rides look fun, but unfortunately we were only able to ride one. They also have a scary walk through attraction too! One of the kiddie rides called Speedway was really fun! It’s a themed version of an old ride called the Whip! The arcade is full of new and classic games, pool, pinball a shooting gallery and more! I really loved this place and I can’t wait to visit here again!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • LondonBoomerang2
    London, United Kingdom50 contributions
    A lovely place
    A beautiful early morning stroll along the beach following a drive down from San Francisco the day before. The amusements were slowly opening up and it was the first day I really felt rested and "on holiday" Jetlag from our flight from London was diseappearing and this sea air was just what I needed. A great shame we were only here for one night and half a day as I would have loved to stay longer and explore further.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • OrlandoGradeVOPS
    Vallejo, California6 contributions
    Always a great place to visit!!🎢🌊☀️🍕🍔
    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is timeless IMO. My parents brought me here and now my wife and I have started making great memories here as well!! Nothing like the salt air, beach vibes, great food, and of course the pretty exciting rides!! Can’t wait to go back!! This is definitely a great staycation for us Bay Area Folks!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • 832vgs
    New Delhi, India1,491 contributions
    A Tourist's Must Visit!
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends. This was our second visit. We went there on a sunny day and walked along the waves in the beach enjoying the seaweed circling our feet and getting washed away. We sat there relishing the sunshine. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the boats. As it was a working day, the rides and most shops including Restaurants were closed. We enjoyed Garlic Fries, Corndogs and Ice Creams from the few Restaurants open. We did not mind as our earlier visit with kids, we had enjoyed the rides.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Michael B
    Sydney, Australia77 contributions
    Great old school amusement park - stop and check it out!
    We were driving up the coast from LA to San Francisco and this was one of the stops that was suggested. What a great day we had there. It really is a great old school amusement park in a great setting. The old wooden roller coaster was a must do as well as the chairlift ride looking out over the beach. Really enjoyed the Fright Walk Under the Boardwalk.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
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Michael B
Sydney, Australia77 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We were driving up the coast from LA to San Francisco and this was one of the stops that was suggested. What a great day we had there. It really is a great old school amusement park in a great setting. The old wooden roller coaster was a must do as well as the chairlift ride looking out over the beach. Really enjoyed the Fright Walk Under the Boardwalk.
Written February 9, 2024
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adriana o
Everett, WA15 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
very nice place we loved was our first time we will come back again. The beach and the boardwalk imagine a fair on the beach it a experience that you will keep
Written December 18, 2023
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832vgs
New Delhi, India1,491 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends. This was our second visit. We went there on a sunny day and walked along the waves in the beach enjoying the seaweed circling our feet and getting washed away. We sat there relishing the sunshine. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the boats. As it was a working day, the rides and most shops including Restaurants were closed. We enjoyed Garlic Fries, Corndogs and Ice Creams from the few Restaurants open. We did not mind as our earlier visit with kids, we had enjoyed the rides.
Written September 4, 2023
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OrlandoGradeVOPS
Vallejo, CA6 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is timeless IMO. My parents brought me here and now my wife and I have started making great memories here as well!! Nothing like the salt air, beach vibes, great food, and of course the pretty exciting rides!! Can’t wait to go back!! This is definitely a great staycation for us Bay Area Folks!!
Written July 18, 2023
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VictoriaAllen
Las Vegas, NV94 contributions
Jun 2023
This was our family's first time visiting Santa Cruz so we weren't quite sure what to expect other than what we had read online.

Being from Vegas, the weather was absolutely perfect! Upper 60's to low 70's with a nice ocean breeze...definitely a nice break from the Vegas heat!

So first off, parking. There were lots located in front of the park...all looked to be about 20.00 for the whole day so make sure to add that to the budget unless you're within walking distance.

We had purchased the all day ride bands for about 55.00 a person I believe and we were able to ride a lot of rides during the day, some even 2 or 3 times. Since the park is cashless, we also purchased a "fun" card with 200.00 to spend later ...turned out to be a fiasco but more on that later...

Rides: they ranged from kid friendly to high adrenalin which was nice since we had a 9 and 12 year old with us. Lines were doable, longest wait for us was about 15 minutes. Not too bad when compared to places like Disney or Legoland.

Food: your average boardwalk fare... deep fried everything, ice cream, hot dogs, burgers, etc.... They had a "special" on their plastic souvenir cup for 11.99, with 99 cent refills all day.... normally I would pass but since I had trouble with that "fun" card, I purchased one... its a tourist spot so highway robbery is to be expected.

As for the downfalls, there were a few unfortunately... We went on a Friday when its normally expected to stay open until about 9pm but we had gone a night designated for grad night so they closed at 6 instead so that was disappointing.

As for that "fun" card that was purchased... we weren't able to use it all
on food so we were under the impression that we could use the rest to buy souvenirs at the gift shop. Sadly, this was not the case so just be advised that when purchasing the card, you can only use on food and arcade. I ended up going back and buying one of those ridiculously expensive souvenir cups just to burn through some of the remaining funds.

Overall, minus the few hiccups, it was a good experience and a great way to spend the day with kids. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area!
Written July 8, 2023
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LondonBoomerang2
London, UK50 contributions
May 2023
A beautiful early morning stroll along the beach following a drive down from San Francisco the day before. The amusements were slowly opening up and it was the first day I really felt rested and "on holiday" Jetlag from our flight from London was diseappearing and this sea air was just what I needed. A great shame we were only here for one night and half a day as I would have loved to stay longer and explore further.
Written June 25, 2023
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Kimberly Wood
Redding, CA7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We love the week day pass they offer 5-9 pm unlimited. Great for not wanting a all day pass . We could find rides for everyone .
Written June 23, 2023
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Morgan
Aptos, CA29 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We just went here on a whim and rode a few rides (Giant dipper)and we’re only here for a few hours. We had a great time being tourists.
Written June 5, 2023
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, CA7,616 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a classic old school amusement park! This place reminds me of a defunct park Crystal Beach from southern Ontario Canada that I grew up visiting! The main focus here are dark and flat rides as well as a world class arcade with mini golf! The beach is right there too! The coasters are smaller and older than most parks, but still fun! The Sky Glider is a nice way to get across the park! The three dark rides look fun, but unfortunately we were only able to ride one. They also have a scary walk through attraction too! One of the kiddie rides called Speedway was really fun! It’s a themed version of an old ride called the Whip! The arcade is full of new and classic games, pool, pinball a shooting gallery and more! I really loved this place and I can’t wait to visit here again!
Written June 2, 2023
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TravelLad
6 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Love the boardwalk! Always a great time to adventure and have fun with family! They have all the classic carnival rides and tasty food!
Written May 31, 2023
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SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)