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Address: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
Phone Number: +1 831-423-5590

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The...

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.

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Fire Fish Grill

The food was great. I enjoyed a house salad with a Blue Hawaiian cocktail. My entree was delicious especially the roccotto.The swordfish was mushy in the middle but still... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This may seem childish to some, I love the Boardwalk at every age. It's my go to whenever I'm in town. Always worth the drive up Hwy 17 to the Dippers and Neptune's!

Thank Dannie H
Laguna Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was great. I enjoyed a house salad with a Blue Hawaiian cocktail. My entree was delicious especially the roccotto.The swordfish was mushy in the middle but still flavorable, Nice ocean view with light houses in the distance.

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Carey, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were there in mid-May, and everything was closed by 5 p.m. Very disappointing. Walked down to the wharf to find a few restaurants open, so we had dinner there instead.

Thank Janeen B
Virginia City, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Boardwalk was closed when we visited on a weekday in November, but we still enjoyed ourselves! I hadn't been here in over 45 years and it was quite a walk down memory lane for me! It was fun to walk around and take pictures when no one else was there. It was interesting to see the Carousel horses were... More 

Thank Stacy F
Turlock, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tons to do, yummy cotton candy, fair games, awesome rides. Definitely a must-do if you are visiting Santa Cruz. Put it on your schedule 👍🏼

Thank Danielle T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the second time we were unable to ride the rides :( first visit due to rain, this visit due to being "off season" apparently rides are only open weekends during the fall & winter. It's pretty nice out still in November in CA so I wish they'd open it a little more. I was hoping to shop a... More 

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Kent, England.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a quick stop here between SF and Monterey, our family loved it. Nice colourful place to hang out and the rides are great fun. Wasn't crazy busy when we visited.

Thank PinkBicycleJM
Oakland, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy visiting here once a year. I used to love it as a kid, but I do still enjoy it as an adult. The arcade is fun, rides are cool and there are plenty of shops everywhere. Beware though...the summer season is crowded and there are lots of creeps wandering around!

Thank Dianah R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kinda expensive to take the rides but its absolutely worth it. Nice place to just hang out. There is always people here.

Thank Vilde Molstad J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's nothing you can say about the Santa Cruz beach botdwalk that does it justice. It's a classic! It's quirky, it's old, it's charming and it's perfect! Rides for everyone from the youngest kids to the thrill seekers! There's arcade games, there's the carnival games, there's the food kiosks to please everyone who comes. But the fact that you're literally... More 

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