Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 75 miles south of San Francisco with sweeping ocean vistas. This Boardwalk is an oceanfront, oldest amusement park which was opened in 1907. The admission-free amusement park is filled with rides, arcades, a laser tag, a bowling alley, a two-story 18-hole mini golf course, a 26-foot-high climbing wall and so on.
- You can walk to the ticket booth on The Boardwalk and check-in to get your wristbands for the day (If you are fully into rides)
- Get a MyBoardwalk Card, load the amount and pay as you go (If you are more into arcades and midway games)
- Checkout at Costco for Passes or eVoucher at Costco.com
- Buy a Boardwalk Season Pass and Enjoy year along.
Healthy options are slim to none but they had plenty of options like Mexican, Italian and American. Lots and Lots of snacks all along the walk like ice cream, funnel cake, churros, grilled corn, Texas donuts, fried potato swirl things, candy apples, huge lollipops and so on. Yeah! Never ends…
Rides are priced by amount of points (4-7 per ride) needed and the all day wristband is worth your money. Bar codes are scanned to pass through the rides. There are various rides for all ages like Thrill rides, Family rides and rides for the little ones.
Boardwalk Thrill Rides involves an adrenaline-infused pleasure that makes inerasable memory. Riders must be around 48 – 50 inches to ride all these thrill rides. There are around 10 Thrill rides on the boardwalk.
Giant Dipper Roller Coaster is my favorite ride and one of the last classic wooden roller coasters of the 20th century, built in just 47 days in 1924. The classic wooden coaster can be seen in several movies including “The Lost Boys”, “Dangerous Minds” and few television series.
Boardwalk Family Rides:
Family rides are great fun for the whole family. There are around 15 rides with height requirements for both children as well as adults.
Boardwalk Rides for the Little Ones:
Rides for the Little Ones can be accompanied by their parents in most of them. There are around 10 rides for the little ones with height restrictions in few.
The Looff Carousel (1911) is a National Historic Landmark. Try taking outer horses so that you can pull a brass ring out of a wooden dispenser and immediately toss it into a giant clowns mouth! It was fun.
Apart from the rides, the pavilion is filled with arcades games, a laser tag, a Pirate-themed Mini golf and a bowling alley.
After all the fun with rides, games, food and with the hot sun getting us exhausted; we eventually hit the water. The beach and waves were such a pretty sight.
You can bring your tents, beach gear here to just relax on the beach or bring your volleyball for endless games.
The bright and radiant colors of the rides with throng of people all around and the serenity of the beach created a magical scene. The boardwalk had loads of charm. A great place to make memories with your family.
- Arrive as early in the day as possible to get your car parked. We nearly spent 20 minutes to get our parked safely.
- Check the website’s calendar to make sure the rides are open; it all depends on the season.
- Dress and prepare for weather. Evenings get cold even during summers.
- If are looking for place to relax on the beach, swim, explore the tide pools, gaze at the butterflies, try Natural bridges state beach.