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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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9-Hour Chauffeured Monterey Bay Coast Tour from San Francisco
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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” (205 reviews)
“giant dipper” (148 reviews)
“amusement park” (208 reviews)
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went with our daughter our grandchildren and one of her friends for a my oldest granddaughters 13th birthday. My daughter had purchased wristbands for all of the kids so that they could go on all the rides that their hearts desired....More

Thank Christine L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is by far one of our favorite theme parks to go to! It does help that we are locals and my three teens work at Marini's on the Beach! Stop by and get some delicious candy apple 🍎 and famous...More

Thank angeliquegonz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a step back in time. I first visited 50 years ago and many of the attractions and food booths are just as I remembered. Loved taking my Grandkids to experience the things I did when I was their age. The...More

Thank PapaDave555
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is some updating going on but it has changed little in 50 years. Kids may like it but those over 20 might find it boring.

Thank CaliforniaDreaming07
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Giant Dipper itself is worth to visit this place. It's the best roller coaster we ever tried. Beach is clean and nice place to stay.

Thank Jānis B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Anyone who spent their childhoods here in the 1970s thru 2000 has to be just sick about how expensive it is now. Never paid for parking. Now it is $15 flat fee. Rides average from $5 to $7 per ride! Food? Wow! How do families...More

Thank SAlfheim
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for young people to have a fun afternoon. Loud, garish place. Free to walk the Boardwalk and enjoy the beach.

Thank DrFritz
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the summer the amusement park is open and provides lots of opportunities for fun. Even when it is closed the beach and boardwalk area provide a fabulous place to walk. There are lots of shops across the street, too, and plenty of places to...More

Thank MaraFromToronto
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited boardwalk to find all shops and attractions were closed for the season. There were 2-3 souvenir shops open and a few snack shops. Ok it was a Friday. but still... it was closed up... and I felt like Clark Griswald... make sure to call...More

Thank VanBurenBoyzKraMer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Park on Swanton Drive near Natural Bridges State Park and begin your 5 mile round trip walk along West Cliff Drive. Lots of beautiful ocean view homes, wildlife (dolphins, sea otters, whales, cormorants) will appear. Very crowded on the weekends so go mid-week. Turn around...More

1  Thank paule305
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18 September 2017|
Response from Cyrinaaaaa | Reviewed this property |
11 am to 7 pm according to google. Hope this helps :)
Cristina P
2 August 2017|
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Response from chiliyo | Reviewed this property |
Access to the Boardwalk is free. You only pay for the rides.
Abigail C
30 June 2017|
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Response from thandah17 | Reviewed this property |
You need your own wristband to access the rides. They are secured around your wrist and need to be scanned as you access each ride