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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” (195 reviews)
“giant dipper” (137 reviews)
“amusement park” (188 reviews)
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited for a few days midweek and came back on a Saturday. Midweek was not very crowded. Weekend was a mess. Enjoyed the view from the beach with the fun noise and music from the boardwalk. Could see sea lions and otters swim by...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived at the Boardwalk in the late morning and what we first thought was busy turned out to be barely so as compared to the afternoon crowd. The best way to find the closest parking is just drive east along Beach Street and pay...More

1  Thank John F
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amusement park along the beach - nothing more, nothing less. It's crowded even during the day on a weekday, and it is full of overly-excited teenagers who are unable to pay attention to where they are going. I've been jostled less on...More

Thank Kate P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Prior to hot weather and school being out for the summer, our time at the Boardwalk Amusement Park was beyond expectation. Though not crowded during this pre-season, later in the afternoon it became busier. We loaded $50 each on a handy "credit card" that deducts...More

Thank PanoramaPoint
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great views, rides, beach, and food. Enjoyed everything. I suggest bringing your own food and drinks since they are a little spendy.

Thank davesmom10
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

When leaving California from a business trip, I had to pass the town of Santa Cruz. As an old-school fan of the Lost Boys movie, I'd always wanted to see the Beach Boardwalk, so of course I had to stop for a look. Entry into...More

Thank misty_bee_Wyo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had fun at the Friday night Eddie Money concert it was free and a great beautiful night. We will definitely be back with our children to enjoy all the rides on the boardwalk. Santa Cruz in general is a great place to visit.

Thank Kerry A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Santa Cruz is a perfect example of a traditional seaside amusement park. The jewel in the crown is the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster, which is superbly maintained and offers thrills that guests young and old can enjoy. Parking isn't cheap at $15 but there...More

Thank Davidjellis
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to stroll and look around in the shops on the boardwalk, grab a cocktail and some app's or ride some rides and grab a bite. Great day here!!

Thank Cheryl U
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited with our 3 grandchildren (11, 7, and 18 months) and our adult children. Some great rides especially for our adventurous 11 year old. Places to rest, snack and have a coffee or ice-cream. A few shops but rather pricey. All in all a...More

Thank Angela C
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is there some where on the beach where some one could camp
22 June 2017|
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Response from Ally G | Reviewed this property |
You are not allowed to camp on the beach near the Boardwalk however there are some state campgrounds in the vicinity. Reservations available online.
Zenaida P
Is it open on saturfay april 1, 2017
29 March 2017|
Response from SCBoardwalk | Property representative |
Yes, Boardwalk rides are scheduled to open 11am - 9pm on Saturday April 1, 2017.
We plan on being there on Saturday, 1 April. Will the rides be open? I heard they were closed for renovation last weekend.
26 March 2017|
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Response from SCBoardwalk | Property representative |
Hello! Boardwalk rides are scheduled to open daily for 2 weeks starting on April 1. Hours are 11am - 9pm that day, closing a bit earlier on other nights. We do have some construction going on in one small area of the... More