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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” (208 reviews)
“giant dipper” (155 reviews)
“amusement park” (213 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
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+1 831-423-5590
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"roller coaster"
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"giant dipper"
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"amusement park"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was on my bucket list. Parking was reasonable at $10. The carnival eats are great, but choose wisely. My fried artichokes were a bargain as were the garlic fries from our first stop. My caramel apple dippers for $5.75 were indulgent. The funnel cake...More

2  Thank Lisa O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a perfect place to be a kid again! If you are planning on going on more than 4 rides, you should probably get the day pass, seems a cheaper option. The arcade is very fun and has ski ball, laser tag and other...More

Thank TheSageTravelers
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had great time at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, rides were surprisingly long, fun and short lines, fun arcade, and mini golf.

Thank Jp G
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Large and busy fun fair, arcade and beach - we went on the chairlift over the beach... a unique experience!

Thank stonerose5
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here with our two young kids. We bought the rechargeable card and loaded it with $50 (you receive $55 of value). Good value if you don’t want to go on lots of rides. We really enjoyed it and we topped up the card...More

1  Thank 484Michelle
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I walked the boardwalk in the afternoon and had a hotdog and beer at the Neptune. We did a little shopping and watched people on the beach playing by the water. A number of people were enjoying the sunshine riding on the...More

Thank Larry W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will turn 60 this year and I have been visiting the boardwalk for 58 years. I was two years old when I had my first ride on the Dipper. In those days height restrictions didn’t exist. I love everything about visiting, the smells, sights,...More

Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amusement park with the usual combination of souvenirs, food and rides. Some pretty scary rides here. Too scary for me but it was fun to stroll along and people watch. Perhaps it was the time of year, early May, but this was only open on...More

Thank David C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is what it is. Older rides and overpriced food. Tickets are better if you but online at Costco or a season pass. This place has the iconic skyway that goes over the beach and a good old roller coaster. I think it all could...More

Thank amchristy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place looks tired and was quite expensive, younger people seemed to enjoy the rides so it might be a generational issue

1  Thank Martin M
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hil217
25 March 2018|
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Response from Rebecca B | Reviewed this property |
The break even point for a band versus individual tickets was really low (i want to say 6 rides or so). We were even given 1 free annual pass for 2018 with our band purchase. I would advise to check the times and open days... More
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SusieB87
13 March 2018|
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Response from josephhS1183YJ | Reviewed this property |
Same price but check the Groupon app like the previous person answer. Sometimes they have weekday specials with Pepsi soda cans that give discounted prices for unlimited rides.
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SusieB87
13 March 2018|
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Response from dandksmommy | Reviewed this property |
Besides Costco you can get really great deals through AAA if you are a member. If not, try your auto insurance provider.
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