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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.
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Phone: (831) 426-7433

Phone: (831) 423-0677

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Food & beverages, handicap accessible, height requirement on some rides
Beaches, Amusement Places & Arcades, Historical Places, Places Of Interest
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Parking: Garage, Street, Lot, Private

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Very Nice But Not For Men

This park is great for a date, the kids, or old people, but it is not worth it if you are looking for thrills.
Most fun things are "attractions" that cost $5 without a bracelet and $4 with one. Mine came with 2 tickets. They ran out quick and i had to pay for some games. It makes you wish they sold a just attractions bracelet.
Laser tag was fun for the kids and would be great with a girl or people who took it seriously but maturely.
The beach is nice if you have the time d are willing to hang there. Water is freezing. Weather is cold in the middle of July. Take a sweater.
Bowling is really fun and cost $4 a person. Take socks.
The rides have super long lines. Ride them at opening times at 10:00 or you will have to wait 20-25 mins each and they arent worth it. Same rides that six flags has scattered around their big rides. Only 3 semi big rides and one wasnt operating.
The snacks and food are great if you dont mind the premium price.
The high rope slow car ride is very romantic as well as the carousel. Combined with the vintage carnival look and exciting games like laser tag, bowling, arcade (pool, air hockey, minigolf) it makes for a great date spot. Just be ready to spend. $200 in the end. I like Six Flags better for the price but a girl may enjoy this just the same if you only walk around and do one or two things. It can be cheap.
Traffic gets bad after 1:00 especially on weekends. We left at 4:00 because everything got full. All in all, if you need something different or its your first time choosing a Theme Park, see this one first! Dont spend, and then go to Six Flags or Marriott's and it will be awesome. Thats what i would do.


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The best!

The best! ?Nothing like it on the west coast! Reminds me of the movie Lost Boys, except that was filmed in Santa Monica, I think. Anyway, you get the point.


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Beach Boardwalk for tasting, riding, & sight-seeing

A summer Saturday @ the Santa Cruz Beach just canNOT go wrong here ;-) Went last year w/ familia & found myself here again last weekend.

DRIVE: Left Hayward area just after 9am & stepped foot on the SCBB like around 11am. Paid $10 for parking in lot directly across from SCBB Arcade area on Beach Street. Ideally I'd suggest leaving early AM as I if you're not local to Santa Cruz just to avoid the traffic that always comes in the summer, on wkends, & after 10:30am.

BOARDWALK: Suprisingly it was not scorching hot on this Sat (6/27/09); clear skies for the most part, but cool breeze from the waters was definitely blowing onto the Boardwalk. Rides I got on were the Pirate Ship & Double Shot, & that was enough for me. I screamed on Pirate Ship, but not as neeearly as loud as I screamed on Double Shot! I've been away from roller coaster rides a long time I realized..that damn Double Shot freaked me out & the 9yr-old kid next to me in line was getting on it again w/ his dad 'cuz he liked it the 1st time (WTF)..I'm such a wimp, but not wimpy enuf to stick to the kid's Freefall version. Oh well, not much into getting the adrenaline rush I suppose like when I was younger...just enjoyed walking around, looking @ people, & tasting here & there...oh & me snappin' away w/ photos here & there too *tee-hee*.

Overall I enjoyed the Boardwalk as I always have over the years...although I've yet to make it over here @ night to see it all lite up...gotta do that one day...rather do that one night ;-)


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West Coast Gem

I have many fond memories of going to the Boardwalk during my adolesence. It seems to have lost some of it's luster (maybe I'm getting old) but still remains a beautiful fun place to spend the day.


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Pleasantly surprised to Santa Cruz on the ""Best"" list

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been a family favorite for many years. The park is right on the beach. You can have the best of both worlds with its location. They even have sand rinse off showers ( wonderfull when you have kids and don't want to take home half the beach with you). We have purchased season tickets for many years. It has an old fasion amusment park feel that is unmatched by any other park I have been to. They have many fun rides but none of your spectacular thrill rides. (Go to Great America for that). There is no addmision fee to the park and you can buy tickets just to ride 1 or 2 rides if thats all you want.

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach StSanta CruzCA 95060

(831) 423-5590

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