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“giant dipper”(158 reviews)
“amusement park”(229 reviews)
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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here with wife, sons, girlfriend and daughter. I wants to go here so I could mark it off my list. It is a fun little park and had some good eats and rides. Small girl had fun on the one ride and we had...More

Thank gottcoke
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Giant Dipper was truly is amazing. ... the structure of it is fascinating. ...it's was built in 1930's. ...a lot of movie has been shoot here. ... Since its atumn they only open during weekends, I think some Friday too. ... restricted time too....More

Thank Phia V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The boardwalk rides were closed for inspections but we are definitely coming back for some fun! It was clean and staff was super friendly.

Thank Mandy B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice, tourist area. It was exactly what I was looking for. Cool view. Nice shops, but nothing super special (every spot had a very similar selection)

Thank Matthew E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Its our families tradition to visit the Boardwalk and ride the Big Dipper, it never disappoints us, its one the best rides in N. CA!!!

Thank teresa f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been here before with a group. Decided to go with just the two of us and it was great. Perfect Weather!

Thank David I
Reviewed 1 week ago

A dated seaside amusement area which seems to provide fun for all ages. Lots of rides, screams and smiling faces! There are plenty of places to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Thank Amesy20
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn’t anticipate having as much fun as we did. It was awesome! Our favorites were fireball and double shot. The Big Dipper was fun but left some bruises. The fright walk under the boardwalk was super fun. We loved the mini golf and the...More

Thank Jill W
Reviewed 1 week ago

In my opinion 40.00 for a ride pass is way to much, so we didn't get one. Wish there were more shops and food aside from your typical fair food. This is a beautiful location and a nice restaurant would have been welcomed. We spent...More

Thank R E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First place of my visit during USA trip and it was amazing.. Parking took some time as it was a peak summer season, weather was lovely, strong cool breeze.. Once we entered I loved the place, went to so many rides with my son, family...More

Thank Ajit T
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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.