Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

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  • Uju O.
    Uju Ofojama2 weeks ago
    Very lovely place! Will come back soon.
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina Anna3 weeks ago
    Busy, noisy and as American as it gets! Definitely worth a look if you are a tourist
  • Flavius N.
    Fun rides for the kids! Remember the AAA discounts
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Andy H.
    A lot cleaner than I remember. Good prices and nice staff. A real gem in NorCal.
  • Hiroki K.
    Sunny day in Santa Cruz
  • Atef C.
    Gets very hectic here, especially when trying to park. Either come early in the morning, or park away from the beach. Don't get stuck in the gridlock parking line
  • Natale B.
    Cool place to hangout.
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  • Jona R.
    Jona Rak KoceliSeptember 21, 2016
    Lonely throughout the day
  • Nik S.
    Nik SudanSeptember 2, 2016
    Tons of amazing rides to choose from. The Giant Dipper is definitely not for the weak!
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄August 21, 2016
    If you're on the larger/taller/heavier side you may not be able to ride the Giant Dipper unless you like having your legs CRUSHED under the massive amount of force of the lap bar. True story.
  • Blake
    BlakeAugust 7, 2016
    It's congested but timeless
  • Diyana D.
    Diyana D.July 15, 2016
    Not really my cup of tea but fun to experience and awesome for cool photos! :-)
  • Hussein B.
    Hussein Bin SalemJuly 14, 2016
    Free admission
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviJuly 13, 2016
    Love their arcade 👾. Play the new Jurassic Park game!!
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 7, 2016
    Pretty cool place to walk around once you find somewhere to park.
  • Elijah C.
    Elijah ColpittsApril 19, 2016
    Was kinda fun, arcade was cool.
  • Chloe W.
    Chloe WohlersApril 12, 2016
    We love the boardwalk. There is food places inside. (try the funnel cakes), nice restrooms, And some fun rides. Try the historical great dipper roller coaster. Its the 5th oldewr coaster. 😁
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧April 8, 2016
    Rides! Games! Ice cream! Cotton candy!
  • Growth H.
    Growth HackerFebruary 24, 2016
    Enjoy adult beverages on Boardwalk property. Must be in a can. Drinking on the beach is not allowed.
  • Dee T.
    Dee TallaksonNovember 14, 2015
    Sea lions! Seafood! Views!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱November 7, 2015
    A beautiful day in October.
  • William B.
    William BarraganNovember 7, 2015
    The sites and the beach
  • Sean K.
    Sean KauOctober 28, 2015
    The big dipper
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HortonSeptember 23, 2015
    Park in one of the residential neighborhoods by the train bridge. Salt water taffy, rides, and sunshine! Don't forget sunglasses, water, and sunscreen
  • Debra S.
    Debra Shoup-MartinezSeptember 15, 2015
    Feel it should be more dog friendly
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussSeptember 14, 2015
    My second favorite amusement park after Disneyland. Beach and rides combo is fantastic. Great for little kids. Season pass is a fantastic value.
  • Donaven S.
    Donaven S.September 12, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best deal is the Season Pass. Gorgeous beach on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Super fun Giant Dipper roller coaster and THREE amazing antique band organs playing at the Carousel ride. Must see!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 25, 2015
    Very busy all nights--tourist spot. Still ha gotta visit!
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansAugust 17, 2015
    Good place for kids but feels very much like a cheesy tourist trap. Worth doing once.
  • Vansi
    VansiAugust 17, 2015
    Fireball is the best.
  • Jack C.
    Jack CB DobsonAugust 13, 2015
    The system by which you buy tickets for rides is simple and sensible!
  • Sofia O.
    Sofia O.August 3, 2015
    Good for families!!
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)July 18, 2015
    Get some of the fresh cinnamon good! Mixed bag is the best!
  • Tara S.
    Tara SignorelliJuly 14, 2015
    Monday and Tuesday nights after 5pm, all rides, hot dogs and soda are only $1!!! Totally worth it!
  • California Girl
    California GirlJuly 14, 2015
    Classic beach fun. Stay at the Dream Inn.
  • Neal F.
    Neal FolsomJuly 4, 2015
    I went here for a free concert.
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DalzellJune 18, 2015
    Every single ride and the 1970's summer beach soundtrack. Get a season pass if you plan to go more than 2 times in a year. It pays for itself after 16 rides.
  • Zack S.
    Zack StocktonJune 4, 2015
    Great slice of America! I love this place! Who can beat free admission. Don't play in the San Lorenzo outlet, though, that is just nasty
  • Justin M.
    Justin McManusMay 28, 2015
    Love the beaches and tons of places to eat. You have to check out Neptune's Kingdom and the huge arcade.
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenMay 26, 2015
    Deep fry everything!
  • Tiffany B.
    Tiffany BukowskiApril 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    DO NOT GO ON THE "FIRE BALL". It is traumatic. And this is coming from a roller-coaster enthusiast. 🎢😰🔫
  • Douglas V.
    Douglas VigilMarch 18, 2015
    It beautiful and change of scenic!!!
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  • David B.
    David BernalNovember 11, 2014
    Idyllic amusement park with awesome views of the beach.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimSeptember 20, 2014
    I remember coming here as a kid and most of it has stayed in tact. Nice to see the locals still enjoying it. The jungle climb was the most popular carnival game. Trying to figure how to game it still.
  • Muhammad P.
    Muhammad PervaizSeptember 14, 2014
    Love the rollercoaster!!!! :))
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoSeptember 8, 2014
    There is a pineapple stand that sells Dole Whip identical to what you can find at Disneyland!
  • Bhaskar K.
    Bhaskar KSeptember 1, 2014
    Piece of sh*t beach with the worst f***ing traffic and parking.. Absolutely worthless
  • Sunil K.
    Sunil KoundinyaAugust 25, 2014
    Super happening place. Great games and fun thrilling rides along with eats and shops.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GrayAugust 23, 2014
    Family fun day
  • Des T.
    Des TurnerAugust 21, 2014
    Everything is awesome!!!
  • Des T.
    Des TurnerAugust 21, 2014
    Everything is Awesome
  • Jen M.
    Jen McVickerAugust 21, 2014
    Sand, surf, greasy food and cheesy carnival rides.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanAugust 17, 2014
    Beware, the Giant Dipper lunges into the dark.
  • Tom A.
    Tom AAugust 14, 2014
    Enjoy the rides
  • Rich H.
    Rich H.August 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun place! Ride the Giant Dipper. Very good beach. Like the arcade. Should change its name because there haven't been boards at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in 30 years.
  • Jolene B.
    Jolene BuehrerAugust 7, 2014
    Fun with grandkids!
  • Evan J.
    Evan JohnsonAugust 7, 2014
    Giant Dipper is one of the best rides ever. Monday and Tuesday are retro nights, meaning $1 per ride.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HazenJuly 28, 2014
    Fun! What else can I say.
  • Misty B.
    Misty BontaJuly 20, 2014
    Really fun but crowded. Had great seafood at the a Mexican restaurant and beautiful sunset
  • Thomas Z.
    Thomas ZoggasJuly 11, 2014
    I'm never coming here again on a holiday weekend. The traffic and and the crowds were unbelievable. Be prepared to pay 5 times retail for any food you buy on the Boardwalk.
  • FunCheap SF
    FunCheap SFJuly 8, 2014
    Running out of date ideas? Head over to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk tonight to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. Wed, 7/9, 9pm, free. Read more
  • Mina K.
    Mina KellyJuly 1, 2014
    Ride the Wipe Out.
  • Dion S.
    Dion ShattuckJune 28, 2014
    Check out the wharf! It has restaurants, shops, ice cream, sea life, and more.
  • Lauren
    LaurenJune 12, 2014
    Night rides r the best
  • Tyson Q.
    Tyson QuickMay 26, 2014
    Do not come here on memorial weekend. Seriously.... Just don't. If you do, plan on spending a shit ton of time sitting in your car super pissed off
  • Nancilou B.
    Nancilou BiscottiApril 30, 2014
    good fun all year round. free smmer concerts on the beach rock!
  • Anya Z.
    Anya Z.K.March 16, 2014
    Dirty, filthy and crowded. Go to Monterey instead, so much prettier there.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DarkJanuary 3, 2014
    Winter all day pass is just over $20. Worth it for die hard ride fans.
  • Christian H.
    Christian HermanOctober 19, 2013
    Make sure you go upstairs for beer, wine and pinball!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Fun day at the beach. Remember back in the day when the whole family went to the beach? This photo was taken at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in 1972. Share your photos of beaches and boardwalks. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Gar M.
    Gar MossSeptember 9, 2013
    Go see the "brain" in the arcade area
  • Gar M.
    Gar MossSeptember 9, 2013
    Say hi to laughing Sal!
  • Gar M.
    Gar MossSeptember 9, 2013
    Get salt water taffy...
  • Nofar C.
    Nofar CohenSeptember 5, 2013
    The park isnt open at all times. The arcade is really fun but most machines have issues operating them
  • Cynthia G.
    Cynthia GutierrezAugust 10, 2013
    Clam Chowder in a bread bowl is awesome! Weather is perfect!
  • Aniyah J.
    Aniyah JonaeJuly 21, 2013
    Deep fried cheesecake and roasted corn. If you haven't tried them yet... Do it.. . thank me later.
  • Johnny U.
    Johnny UrquijoJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you leave the Santa Cruz beach Boardwalk without having a corn-dog you have made a horrible horrible mistake!!!!
    USA TODAYJune 17, 2013
    If you like it hot, try Surf City Grill's infamous Cajun corn dogs. If you're looking for something tamer, their clam chowder bread bowl is also a winner. Read more
  • Craig M.
    Craig MaceyJune 13, 2013
    Just love the food smells up and down the walk
  • Andrew
    AndrewJune 2, 2013
    The swing ride was so much fun! Felt like being a kid again!
  • Michele P.
    Michele PetersonJune 2, 2013
    Arrive early. .traffic and parking can be crazy
  • Fred B.
    Fred BachMay 18, 2013
    Dear God in sweet heaven, the parking is terrible. Took us forty five minutes to find a spot, please think about this in advance.
  • Sofia R.
    Sofia RivasMay 4, 2013
    I Haven't been to The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Several Years!
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea CunninghamApril 14, 2013
    Wear such.glasses! ;)
  • G-Unit
    G-UnitApril 5, 2013
    Warm sunny weather and the smell of the Pacific Ocean, cotton candy and great food. Come visit Santa Cruz and have loads of fun!
  • David S.
    David SchlaepferFebruary 24, 2013
    When wondering where to sit on the Giant Dipper: sit in the front car if it's open, if it's not, sit as far back as possible.
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Clam chowder cook off!
  • Ashtyn K.
    Ashtyn KarachristosFebruary 13, 2013
    Pepsi night is cheap and if you are able to handle long lines worth it!
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph StephenJanuary 14, 2013
    Be sure to check out the sea lions at the end of the boardwalk!! Well worth the trip!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DunnDecember 29, 2012
    Winter prepare for cold and not all rides are open
  • Steven V.
    Steven ValdezDecember 18, 2012
    Great spot to take a date. The Giant Dipper is a must!
  • Donaven S.
    Donaven StaabDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Enjoy the festive holiday train rides happening in December. Such a wonderful family group thing to do! Details at
  • Diamand D.
    Diamand DaveNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking is a bit of a hassel. Make sure you come with patience trying to find a parking space.
  • Vilas ..
    Vilas .November 24, 2012
    Seabright state beach on south side has free parking (only thing is one needs to walk frm there to broad walk, but that's a nice walk)
  • Sue C.
    Sue ChoiSeptember 11, 2012
    Deep fried oreos & twinkies. Don't think too much into it and just try it. SO GOOD.
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JenkinsSeptember 2, 2012
    dont go for the garlic fries the garlics too strong and taste awful dont buy trust me peeps!
  • Jamie O.
    Jamie O'NeillAugust 30, 2012
    I meant only 10.95 for rides after 5 on wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Jamie O.
    Jamie O'NeillAugust 30, 2012
    Look for deals after 5. Full ride passes on Wednesdays and Thursday's after 5 for only 19.95. Also offer AAA discounts. Tuesday nights all rides Are a buck after 5 :)
  • Laetitia D.
    Laetitia DelbartJuly 12, 2016
    Un bon moment sous le soleil de Californie
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DoensJuly 1, 2016
    Très sympathique un peu froid le soir
  • Katty A.
    Katty AraosNovember 2, 2015
    Cierra muy temprano!!
  • Anitta P.
    Anitta PrionessJuly 25, 2015
    Trae unos lentes y traje de baño, por que de verdad que te vas a divertir
  • Ksenia S.
    Ksenia SlavnikovaMay 25, 2015
    Морские котики стоят посещения пирса! Красивые закаты!
  • Ksenia S.
    Ksenia SlavnikovaMay 25, 2015
    Много морских котиков и чаек, есть магазины и кафе. А еще один мужичек постоянно делает песчаные надписи. Подкиньте ему монет!
  • Adriana Z.
    Adriana ZunigaSeptember 17, 2014
    Fun 🎠🎡🎢
  • Romain D.
    Romain Da CostaSeptember 3, 2013
    Assez déçu de cet endroit dont j'en avais lu que du bien. Un lundi soir vers 20h où tout ferme c'est pas top pour commencer ou finir une soirée. Dommage.
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