The Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz, CA

Where are we going?

The Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz

831 423 5590

What is there to do?

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. Our vibrant, bustling amusement park is renowned for its great rides, remarkable history, spectacular beach setting, and friendly attitude.

The Boardwalk has been operating since 1907, and it hasn’t missed a beat! We believe in affordable family fun - that’s why admission is free, summer entertainment is included, and ride tickets are affordable.

Two of our rides are National Historic Landmarks, but don’t let that fool you. The 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster still thrills riders with its hair-raising dips and turns and the Looff Carousel's unique ring toss provides a surprising challenge. Our indoor arcades offer the largest selection of games in Northern California with the latest video and redemption games, pinball machines, a vintage game collection, two-story miniature golf course, and laser tag arena. There's also a family bowling center right across the street.

Many people visit just for the food. Choices include corn dogs made from a secret family recipe, deep fried artichokes, chocolate covered bacon, and deep fried Twinkies!

The Boardwalk spans a wide sandy beach along Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where it’s not unusual to see otters, dolphins, sea lions, and even whales swimming just offshore.

How much does it cost?

Adults: Pay and Play

Children: Pay and Play


Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the Guest Services Office near the Haunted Castle ride. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the Boardwalk, as well as inside Neptune’s Kingdom and Boardwalk Bowl.


When can we go?

11am to 11pm daily, generally. Individual


Any top tips?

Plan ahead if you're on a budget, buying ticket bundles for specific things can save you a bundle.

I’m Hungry!

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers a variety of delicious choices for indoor or outdoor dining. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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