Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Theme Park, Beach, and Arts & Entertainment
400 Beach St (btw Riverside Ave & Cliff St), Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family bowling, all located on a mile of sandy beach. The only major amusement park on the West Coast.


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  • "Ride The Giant Dipper. And don't forget to catch a ride on the..." (3 tips)
  • "Deep Fried Twinkies go great with a Pepsi. Just go on the Giant..." (4 tips)
  • "... gonna ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster! :)" (2 tips)
  • Pepsi

    Deep Fried Twinkies go great with a Pepsi. Just go on the Giant Dipper first.

    Pepsi · July 1, 2011
  • SHOWBIZ 102.5 KDON @.

    In the SC listen to 102.5 KDON

    SHOWBIZ 102.5 KDON @. · August 25, 2010
  • Shaun S.

    try the mini golf course. lots of fun

    Shaun S. · July 5, 2010
  • Billy P.

    It's where I live. 30 seconds and you're in my apartment. Check out the Boardwalk; 6th largest amusement park attraction in the entire freaking state of California.

    Billy P. · February 5, 2010
  • Donaven S.

    Come early and enjoy the beach and amusement park. It's a classic!

    Donaven S. · July 28, 2010
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆

    Be like a kid again :)

    @LorenzoAgustin ☆ · April 26, 2011
  • Steve G.

    Best time to go is early in the season as rides are freshly painted and staff is still energetic and happy.

    Steve G. · November 21, 2009
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Developers once hoped this boardwalk would become California’s Coney Island. After more than a hundred years, it is now the oldest seaside amusement park on the West Coast. (From Aerial America) Read more

    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
  • Emily L.

    Ride the Giant Dipper! It's old!

    Emily L. · August 12, 2011
  • mark h.

    Bring hand sanitizer and pepto.

    mark h. · May 15, 2010
  • cristina f.

    Bring a jacket coz its chilly out there even during the summer.

    cristina f. · August 27, 2011
  • Adam H.

    The ferris wheel's gone! WTH!?

    Adam H. · February 14, 2010
  • 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

  • MHCab1406

    Deep fried TWINKIES is a must!!

    MHCab1406 · July 31, 2010
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Developers once hoped this boardwalk would become California’s Coney Island. After more than a hundred years, it is now the oldest seaside amusement park on the West Coast. (From Aerial America) Read more

    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
  • Lynn H.

    Such fun. Live here but too many tourists during the summer. We avoid it till tourists are gone! Plus they don't know where they're going! Haha! Fun though. At the right time!

    Lynn H. · August 20, 2013
  • cooper b.

    we have made trips to santa cruz specifically to visit this place.

    cooper b. · September 17, 2011
  • Reid W.

    Ride the double shot and make a crazy face for the picture

    Reid W. · July 24, 2010
  • Saundra A.

    What I love best is the seafood restaurant on the wharf!

    Saundra A. · May 19, 2012
  • Joy V.

    Wear a Bra if your gonna ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster! :)

    Joy V. · June 4, 2012
  • Russell X.

    Ghostblasters is awesome!

    Russell X. · July 23, 2011
  • kumi m.

    The weather right now is perfect - hope it stays that way for the Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival Feb 26!

    kumi m. · February 8, 2011
  • Whitney M.

    Fireball!! It's a must ride.

    Whitney M. · January 30, 2011
  • TravelMuse

    Fun to go to once in awhile. The Big Dipper is the best; also have a fun summer concert series for free. However, unless you have children, there are many more worthy places to spend your time in S.C.

    TravelMuse · June 15, 2010
  • Franz S.

    Don't miss out on this American classic. The wooden roller coaster, the pier, and the Eastern European summer workers make this place what it is: Great!

    Franz S. · August 17, 2011
  • wai-ling q.

    Worked there for a summer @ the food places. Fun summer job but was hard to watch everyone on the beach while I was slinging food. Gotta love Friday Free Beach Concerts & 1907 nights 50 cent hotdogs

    wai-ling q. · April 12, 2010
  • Iris R.

    Ride The Giant Dipper. And don't forget to catch a ride on the 100-year old Carousel. The Lost Boys was filmed here.

    Iris R. · December 20, 2011
  • Cyndie T.

    WEdnesdays and Thursdays bring a Pepsi can and get $10.00 off rides wrist band

    Cyndie T. · July 15, 2010
  • Donaven S.

    Great deal on arcades play during December! Buy $20 in arcade play, get another $20 in arcade play free! The new MyBoardwalk Rechargeable Cards are awesome!! Http://

    Donaven S. · December 11, 2013
  • Sofia R.

    I Haven't been to The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Several Years!

    Sofia R. · May 4, 2013
  • Sue C.

    Deep fried oreos & twinkies. Don't think too much into it and just try it. SO GOOD.

    Sue C. · September 11, 2012
  • Rosie K.

    Check out the hot dog joint on the pier! Delicious & cheap! $4 for a hot link!!!

    Rosie K. · June 9, 2010

    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

    USA TODAY · June 17, 2013
  • Skateworks

    Deep fried Twinkies and Oreos!! #skateworks

    Skateworks · August 14, 2011
  • Ian P.

    Stay away from Senor Teds unless you like waiting!!!!

    Ian P. · July 27, 2011
  • Michele P.

    Arrive early. .traffic and parking can be crazy

    Michele P. · June 2, 2013
  • Jan

    In the shooting gallery with light-guns, take a picture with a flash camera. All the targets go berserk at the same time.

    Jan · October 7, 2010
  • kumi m.

    Clam Chowder cook-off 2012! Feb 25 is coming up ~ !! yum yum yum!

    kumi m. · February 6, 2012
  • Susan C.

    Giant Dipper roller coaster da'bomb

    Susan C. · July 11, 2011
  • Ashley B.

    Double Shot is not that scary!

    Ashley B. · May 13, 2011
  • ChrisTina V.

    Coupons for deep fried twinkies available on website... Read more

    ChrisTina V. · August 17, 2010
  • Lisa J.

    kettle corn!

    Lisa J. · July 25, 2010
  • Aniyah J.

    Deep fried cheesecake and roasted corn. If you haven't tried them yet... Do it.. . thank me later.

    Aniyah J. · July 21, 2013
  • Johnny U.

    If you leave the Santa Cruz beach Boardwalk without having a corn-dog you have made a horrible horrible mistake!!!!

    Johnny U. · July 18, 2013
  • Chelsea C.

    Wear such.glasses! ;)

    Chelsea C. · April 14, 2013
  • G-Unit

    Warm sunny weather and the smell of the Pacific Ocean, cotton candy and great food. Come visit Santa Cruz and have loads of fun!

    G-Unit · April 5, 2013
  • kumi m.

    Clam chowder cook off!

    kumi m. · February 23, 2013
  • Michelle D.

    Winter prepare for cold and not all rides are open

    Michelle D. · December 29, 2012
  • Diamand D.

    Parking is a bit of a hassel. Make sure you come with patience trying to find a parking space.

    Diamand D. · November 27, 2012
  • Vilas S.

    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)

    Vilas S. · November 24, 2012

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