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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5416
+1 831-423-5590
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very easy, enjoyable walk. Saw the sea lions in the water and also under the wharf lying on the joists. Lovely view of the beachfront. There were shops if you wished.

Thank trish-doug
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a fun place to visit however was much smaller than we imagined from the photographs. You wouldn’t need too long here but Santa Cruz was a nice stop off on our road trip.

Thank aimeemoore5
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Boardwalk was a great experience. There is so many different things to do that it is suitable for anyone. There is a indoor arcade, funfair, food, walk along the beach, have a day at the beach and there are many restaurants to enjoy a...More

Thank Zara K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Reached there at 10AM in the morning when nothing was open and hardly any tourists. By 12 the place was chirpy. Loved the offering of food, fun, pleasure the place can offer you irrespective of your age group or mood for the day. Not easily...More

Thank DreamerDisha
Reviewed 4 days ago

November long weekend and most of the boardwalk was closed! But the mini golf and arcade was still open. Can only imagine the crowds and din when the place is full of people. Interesting just to see.

Thank RonB473
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed hiking. Go with some chocs and drinks. Nice to watch the rough sea. Wear warm clothes in winter. Air is ultra cool.

Thank shashiramachandra59
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel was near this so we walked along this one day, its for families etc but we found the food stalls very expensive there, Not sure about rides costs as we didn't use them

Thank MartinaD95
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place for summer fun. They make the atmosphere nice and safe. Lots of fun rides. Entertainment for all. Mellow summer concerts and movie nights. Fun for all. Great vendors for food selection. They hire a lot if local kids which brings...More

Thank Voyage752518
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful sights and a great way to stretch out. I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalk. Something you don't want to miss when visiting.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I went during the chili cookoff in late October and had a great time. Waits for the ride were about 5-20 (most were 10 minutes or less) and the staff were great.

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Mercy H
28 July 2018|
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Response from SCBoardwalk | Property representative |
Yes! You can definitely bring ice chests onto the beach or Boardwalk. The City of Santa Cruz has rules for the beach (no smoking, alcohol, dogs, fires, etc.) but ice chests are fine!
Doug C
28 July 2018|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
It didn't seem that long. It was less than an hour. And it was totally worth it.
27 July 2018|
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Response from Twinoakmom | Reviewed this property |
I would say there going to be pretty long. Even though a lot of kids will be in school with the discounted prices that brings more people. There are so many other things to do, you'll have a great time.