Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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. Buy your Ride Wristbands online and save up to $20 per person! Admission is free. Ride tickets may be purchased per ride, per day, or per season.
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Joette G
Oakdale, CA418 contributions
Dec 2022
We didn't realize things don't start hopping here until after noon. We had to leave at noon so just barely got a good falafel sandwich before having to leave. The view of the beach was nice.
Written 10 January 2023
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Everett D
Elk Grove, CA12 contributions
Nov 2022
Absolutely wonderful. I love it. I go with my family at least once a year. Great rides, great food, pricey but it's worth it.
Written 29 November 2022
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LiveLife530
3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Great experience! Loved watching the sea lions swim around and play with one another. Restaurants on the wharf are good! Bad customer service was experienced at one of the restaurants, I don't recall the name of the restaurant but it was the only one that is upstairs and is Mexican cuisine. The waiters didn't even acknowledge my son and I. I had to ask to place my order. I asked for plastic utensils the waiter looked at me and walked away...he never came back. I asked for 2 straws the bus boy who gave us the straws just got done running his hands through his hair....the straws were not wrapped. At the time the restaurant wasn't busy so I don't know exactly what was going on. No waiter asked us if we wanted a refill, our chip bowl refilled our beverages refilled. No nothing.
Worst experience ever.
Written 23 November 2022
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Victor V
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Nice place, would have been great place to visit during summer. The pier/wharf was very touristy, lots of souvenir shopping, sunset was good. Plenty of seals to watch and be amused. I would highly recommend this place for families with little kids and early teens.
Written 15 November 2022
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Adriyana T
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Beautiful place to enjoy with family.there was lots of funny rides and delicious food 😋.overall nice weekend.
Written 31 October 2022
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LaurieB980
Portland, OR571 contributions
Sep 2022
WOW! We were here on a Saturday and I think everybody from LA, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz happened to come at the same time! It was packed with people doing the rides, eating, and just walking the long Boardwalk area. Many people were also out on the sand close to the water. It was a LOT of fun to watch some of the rides and the people on them! Great people watching area! Parking wasn't cheap, but it was sure close!
Written 14 October 2022
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buckinut33
Columbus, OH207 contributions
Oct 2022
This is the first boardwalk we have been to on the West Coast. It wasn't like any Boardwalk on the East Coast, but it was fun. The park is pretty clean and well-maintained. Solid collection of rides.

Great views of the ocean, and if you walk out on the pier, the pictures of the boardwalk are fantastic.
Written 12 October 2022
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Divingbecs1
Reading, UK747 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had a drink on the boardwalk and looked in some of the T-shirt shops but the highlight of the visit was watching the sea lions at the end of the boardwalk as they climbed on and fell off a wooden platform
Written 24 September 2022
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Sierra Nevada packing
Reno, NV19 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
When we arrived at the front counter the price is for both attractions and rides armbands were reasonable. myself my wife and grandson had a great time there the lines were not long at all to wait, the max we waited in line was 20 minutes.All the staff were pleasant and kind.if you have young kids they have a lot of rides for them and teenagers they have a lot of rides,for adults too.It’s worth the money
Written 19 September 2022
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India720 contributions
Sep 2022
Board walk is an amusement park and one of the attractions in Santa Cruz. It is located on the beach side. Variety of games and rides are offered at different rates. Restaurants are also there. Kids can enjoy and lot of fun rides are there.
Written 15 September 2022
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