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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s oldest surviving amusement park, offers classic funfair attractions in a seaside setting. Ride on the Giant Dipper, a world-famous wooden roller coaster that has thrilled visitors since 1924. Make sure to keep your eyes open to catch superb views of the beach. For more vintage fun, take a spin on the Looff Carousel, a hand-carved merry-go-round that dates back to 1911. Try your luck on carnival games, play old favorites in the video arcade, or swing a round of mini-golf. Refuel with boardwalk classics, such as corndogs, pretzels, cotton candy, and saltwater taffy. If you are in the mood for something more upscale, head to Fisherman’s Galley. Put Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santa Cruz vacation planner.
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  • 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. 
    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.  more »
  • 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. 
    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.  more »
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  • We went on a Friday in December. The arcades are open, but none of the rides are open during the week until spring or summer. However the boardwalk is open to walk and check out. It was a very nice calm environment… A stroll down memory lane. My wife and I went here years ago when we were dating and it was fun to visit the same place without crowds and chaos. If you want a chill place to walk with lots of fun stuff to look at go mid week; if you want to enjoy the rides and crowds visit on the weekends. There is a parking lot across the street for five dollars, or you can park on the street and feed the meter. You need an app to pay parking meters with a credit card, or …. Meters still take good old American quarters.
  • We went on weekend with children and grandchildren and we all lost in crowd and fun. The ride Typhoon and the Haunted Castle terrifying. The Sky Gliders and the one wooden boat water ride were exiting. We enjoyed good food alongside. We played hilarious Jungle Climb and The great water race and yes the Break the Plates was rewarding and a great fun. At the beach we played to the full of our energy and also with the forming waves, it was really very good experience we ever had, than we relaxed. In the evening it was too cold for us. The Board Walk and the beach, as we felt, is safe and secured and good for full day family outing. Though a bit heavy on pocket.

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