Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Theme Park and Beach · Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St (btw Riverside Ave & Cliff St), Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • Noon–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video arcades, and bowling, located on a mile of sandy beach.


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    Joy V.
    "Wear a Bra if your gonna ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster! :)"(13 Tips)
    David B.
    "Idyllic amusement park with awesome views of the beach."(5 Tips)
    ChrisTina V.
    "Coupons for deep fried twinkies available on website..."(4 Tips)
    wai-ling q.
    "Gotta love Friday Free Beach Concerts & 1907 nights 50 cent hotdogs"(2 Tips)
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  • giant dipper
  • amusement park
  • concerts
  • beach
  • deep fried twinkies
  • clam chowder
  • hot dogs
  • scenic views
  • game room
  • mini golf
  • pinball
  • picnics
  • cotton candy
  • fried oreos
  • bread bowls
  • corn dogs
  • oysters
  • wine
  • roller coasters
  • chocolate dip
  • Dee T.

    Sea lions! Seafood! Views!

    Dee Tallakson · November 14, 2015
  • Katherine .

    A beautiful day in October.

    Katherine 🙊 · November 7, 2015
  • Sean K.

    The big dipper

    Sean Kau · October 28, 2015
  • Nicole H.

    Park in one of the residential neighborhoods by the train bridge. Salt water taffy, rides, and sunshine! Don't forget sunglasses, water, and sunscreen

    Nicole Horton · September 23, 2015
  • Debra S.

    Feel it should be more dog friendly

    Debra Shoup-Martinez · September 15, 2015
  • Brian S.

    My second favorite amusement park after Disneyland. Beach and rides combo is fantastic. Great for little kids. Season pass is a fantastic value.

    Brian Strauss · September 14, 2015
  • Mary S.

    Very busy all nights--tourist spot. Still ha gotta visit!

    Mary S · August 25, 2015
  • Jennifer E.

    Good place for kids but feels very much like a cheesy tourist trap. Worth doing once.

    Jennifer Evans · August 17, 2015
  • Vansi

    Fireball is the best.

    Vansi · August 17, 2015
  • Jack C.

    The system by which you buy tickets for rides is simple and sensible!

    Jack CB Dobson · August 13, 2015
  • Sofia O.

    Good for families!!

    Sofia O. · August 3, 2015
  • Sunny  =)

    Get some of the fresh cinnamon good! Mixed bag is the best!

    Sunny =) · July 18, 2015
  • Tara S.

    Monday and Tuesday nights after 5pm, all rides, hot dogs and soda are only $1!!! Totally worth it!

    Tara Signorelli · July 14, 2015
  • California Girl (CG)

    Classic beach fun. Stay at the Dream Inn.

    California Girl (CG) · July 14, 2015
  • Neal F.

    I went here for a free concert.

    Neal Folsom · July 4, 2015
  • Laurie D.

    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.

    Laurie Dalzell · June 18, 2015
  • Zack S.

    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

    Zack Stockton · June 4, 2015
  • Justin M.

    Love the beaches and tons of places to eat. You have to check out Neptune's Kingdom and the huge arcade.

    Justin McManus · May 28, 2015
  • Andrey K.

    Deep fry everything!

    Andrey Klen · May 26, 2015
  • Tiffany B.

    DO NOT GO ON THE "FIRE BALL". It is traumatic. And this is coming from a roller-coaster enthusiast. 🎢😰🔫

    Tiffany Bukowski · April 17, 2015
  • Douglas V.

    It beautiful and change of scenic!!!

    Douglas Vigil · March 18, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    2-For-1 All-Day Rides February 7-8 and 14-15-16, 2015 Buy one All-Day Rides Wristband and receive a second wristband FREE! Details at Have fun! -ds

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk · January 30, 2015
  • OurTripVideos

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA, USA(Visiting Place) - 17 Pictures Read more

    OurTripVideos · November 15, 2014
  • David B.

    Idyllic amusement park with awesome views of the beach.

    David Bernal · November 11, 2014
  • Alex K.

    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.

    Alex Kim · September 20, 2014
  • Kay D.

    Love the rollercoaster!!!! :))

    Kay Dela Cruz · September 14, 2014
  • Emiliy M.

    There is a pineapple stand that sells Dole Whip identical to what you can find at Disneyland!

    Emiliy Marino · September 8, 2014
  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    This is not the fun place it was when I was a kid. This theme park is hella ghetto. A lot of people walking around ready to fight over nothing.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · September 1, 2014
  • Bhaskar K.

    Piece of sh*t beach with the worst f***ing traffic and parking.. Absolutely worthless

    Bhaskar K · September 1, 2014
  • Sunil K.

    Super happening place. Great games and fun thrilling rides along with eats and shops.

    Sunil Koundinya · August 25, 2014
  • Jessica G.

    Family fun day

    Jessica Gray · August 23, 2014
  • Des T.

    Everything is awesome!!!

    Des Turner · August 21, 2014
  • Des T.

    Everything is Awesome

    Des Turner · August 21, 2014
  • Jen M.

    Sand, surf, greasy food and cheesy carnival rides.

    Jen McVicker · August 21, 2014
  • Justin S.

    Beware, the Giant Dipper lunges into the dark.

    Justin Sullivan · August 17, 2014
  • Tom A.

    Enjoy the rides

    Tom A · August 14, 2014
  • Rich H.

    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.

    Rich H. · August 9, 2014
  • Jolene B.

    Fun with grandkids!

    Jolene Buehrer · August 7, 2014
  • Evan J.

    Giant Dipper is one of the best rides ever. Monday and Tuesday are retro nights, meaning $1 per ride.

    Evan Johnson · August 7, 2014
  • Tiffany H.

    Fun! What else can I say.

    Tiffany Hazen · July 28, 2014
  • Misty B.

    Really fun but crowded. Had great seafood at the a Mexican restaurant and beautiful sunset

    Misty Bonta · July 20, 2014
  • Thomas Z.

    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.

    Thomas Zoggas · July 11, 2014
  • FunCheap SF

    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

    FunCheap SF · July 8, 2014
  • Mina K.

    Ride the Wipe Out.

    Mina Kelly · July 1, 2014
  • Dion S.

    Check out the wharf! It has restaurants, shops, ice cream, sea life, and more.

    Dion Shattuck · June 28, 2014
  • Lauren

    Night rides r the best

    Lauren · June 12, 2014
  • Tyson Q.

    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

    Tyson Quick · May 26, 2014
  • Nancilou B.

    good fun all year round. free smmer concerts on the beach rock!

    Nancilou Biscotti · April 30, 2014
  • Anya Z.

    Dirty, filthy and crowded. Go to Monterey instead, so much prettier there.

    Anya Z.K. · March 16, 2014
  • Stephanie D.

    Winter all day pass is just over $20. Worth it for die hard ride fans.

    Stephanie Dark · January 3, 2014

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