The Monterey Bay Area Sights

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

  • Promenade/Boardwalk
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/08/2015

Fodor's Review

Santa Cruz has been a seaside resort since the mid-19th century. Along one end of the broad, south-facing beach, the Boardwalk has entertained holidaymakers for more than a century. Its Looff carousel and classic wooden Giant Dipper roller coaster, both dating from the early 1900s, are surrounded by high-tech thrill rides and easygoing kiddie rides with ocean views. Video and arcade games, a mini-golf course, and a laser-tag arena pack one gigantic building, which is open daily even if the rides aren't running. You have to pay to play, but you can wander the entire boardwalk for free while sampling delicacies such as corn dogs and garlic fries.

Sight Information


Along Beach St., Santa Cruz, California, 95060, United States


831-423–5590-info line

Sight Details:

  • $33 day pass for unlimited rides, or pay per ride
  • Apr.–early Sept., daily; early Sept.–Mar., weekends and holidays, weather permitting; call for hrs
  • Some rides closed Sept.–May

Updated 05/08/2015


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