Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world, guests can enjoy over 40 rides and attractions. Open daily during the summer, weekends and select weekdays in the spring and fall. Enjoy Winter Wonderland during the winter, and the largest arcade in the country, open daily year-round. Visiting more than twice this year? Purchase a season pass, and it will pay for itself in less than two visits! Visiting just one day? Buy your rides wristband online in advance and visit weekdays, and save up to $20 per person! MyBoardwalk cards are also available for purchase and can be used for individual rides, attractions (like Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Laser Maze and Fright Walk), food and select retail locations. Visit early to get a great parking spot. – Tripadvisor
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  • OrlandoGradeVOPS
    Vallejo, California6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always a great place to visit!!🎢🌊☀️🍕🍔
    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is timeless IMO. My parents brought me here and now my wife and I have started making great memories here as well!! Nothing like the salt air, beach vibes, great food, and of course the pretty exciting rides!! Can’t wait to go back!! This is definitely a great staycation for us Bay Area Folks!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • 832vgs
    New Delhi, India1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Tourist's Must Visit!
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amazing place to spend a day with family and friends. This was our second visit. We went there on a sunny day and walked along the waves in the beach enjoying the seaweed circling our feet and getting washed away. We sat there relishing the sunshine. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean and the boats. As it was a working day, the rides and most shops including Restaurants were closed. We enjoyed Garlic Fries, Corndogs and Ice Creams from the few Restaurants open. We did not mind as our earlier visit with kids, we had enjoyed the rides.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Michael B
    Sydney, Australia88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great old school amusement park - stop and check it out!
    We were driving up the coast from LA to San Francisco and this was one of the stops that was suggested. What a great day we had there. It really is a great old school amusement park in a great setting. The old wooden roller coaster was a must do as well as the chairlift ride looking out over the beach. Really enjoyed the Fright Walk Under the Boardwalk.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 February 2024
  • NoMoney TravelGuy
    United States18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bay Area and a Santa Cruz Must-Do for Families
    This is a must-do for anyone visiting the Santa Cruz or Bay Area. This boardwalk has it all as a miniature amusement park with games, food, shops, and the rides of course. It’s great for kids and teens to spend a day. It is a bit pricey with the food, games, and rides. The best park is you can hang out on the beach with family and/or friends and have restrooms and food right there. The boardwalk does have areas for smaller children so it can be fun for everyone. It is free to walk in, but you do have to pay for everything else once there. The beach is also free and great for people watching. If you are driving in, they do charge $20 per car to park in their lots. The meter is the way to go if they are available. We paid $4 for a couple of hours. There is also free parking just across the bridge towards SeaBright beach, and that is a short walk to the boardwalk. If you head over there, don’t forget to take a stroll down the pier. The food is cheaper and they have great views of the ocean. It’s free to walk in as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
  • M N
    254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Cruz beach boardwalk weekday visit
    It has been years since we have visited the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. We were impressed the city, county and beach boardwalk corporation have done much to clean up the area and make it enjoyable, free of litter and trash, homeless and vagrants. It is refreshing. Came here to visit the old childhood haunts. Spent the whole day, sampled the foods and had to ride the big dipper with the grandkids. You need to visit before summer and the crowds increase.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2024
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,912 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the best as they claim
    Lots of fun activities and food trippin. Place claims to be the best boardwalk in US. I dont believe so, i have been to other boardwalks which are more fun than this place. Beach is nice. It is also a stop for the roaring camp big trees and pacific train. See images for further reference.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 May 2024
  • DEE J
    California7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parking is a problem BUT the beach, ride and food are awesome!
    Overall experience was awesome! I gave 4* because we we're stuck for 2-hours waiting for parking on Saturday. Will be back again hopefully to drive a little bit early so we can enjoy our time. The beach is clean, food are affordable. Rides and games are great! Perfect for family.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2024
  • Laura R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect boardwalk!
    We absolutely loved our time on the boardwalk. The rides were full sized rides like you would see at big amusement parks, without the long lines. It was beautiful and fun! We highly recommend it!
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2024
  • Richard W
    Penn Valley, California826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained, family friendly and safe- a great place for fun.
    A landmark for almost a century this venue offers fun for the whole family. It is operated very well, including maintenance, security, staff training, variety of rides and activities and food offerings. It offers discount evenings, passes and group purchase options which can help reduce the cost of a visit. While not cheap, it offers so much more than a visiting carnival. The location is beautiful and on an iconic beach. I am very impressed by the training that seems to go into staffing, the uniforms and visible security. I highly recommend visiting this coastal gem.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2024
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flzdmpm03
Fort Myers, FL445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very, very crowded the day we visited. The wharf was wall to wall people and all of the parking areas were full so we were unable to enjoy all it had to offer. We rode around the area and took in all the beach sites. Would have loved to get on the wharf….maybe next time.
Written 13 July 2024
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KCLJ520
Illinois355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was such an amazing experience. If you're in the Bay area, this is a must-do! Tons of rides and games for all ages, including a log flume, big roller coasters, a ferris wheel, carnival games, and much, much more! Overlooking the ocean, the Santa Cruz boardwalk also has lots of great photo ops! A sure way to create smiles and fun for the whole family!
Written 8 July 2024
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Richard W
Penn Valley, CA826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A landmark for almost a century this venue offers fun for the whole family. It is operated very well, including maintenance, security, staff training, variety of rides and activities and food offerings. It offers discount evenings, passes and group purchase options which can help reduce the cost of a visit. While not cheap, it offers so much more than a visiting carnival. The location is beautiful and on an iconic beach. I am very impressed by the training that seems to go into staffing, the uniforms and visible security. I highly recommend visiting this coastal gem.
Written 5 July 2024
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Laura R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We absolutely loved our time on the boardwalk. The rides were full sized rides like you would see at big amusement parks, without the long lines. It was beautiful and fun! We highly recommend it!
Written 4 July 2024
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DEE J
California7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Overall experience was awesome! I gave 4* because we we're stuck for 2-hours waiting for parking on Saturday. Will be back again hopefully to drive a little bit early so we can enjoy our time. The beach is clean, food are affordable. Rides and games are great! Perfect for family.
Written 24 June 2024
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Eataroundwoburn
Litchfield, NH707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What a throwback- it reminded me of what revere beach was like, only cleaner. It was a nice walking area and thought Laughing Sal was a hoot. Visit this place while in the area!
Written 20 May 2024
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT1,912 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lots of fun activities and food trippin. Place claims to be the best boardwalk in US. I dont believe so, i have been to other boardwalks which are more fun than this place. Beach is nice. It is also a stop for the roaring camp big trees and pacific train. See images for further reference.
Written 12 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

M N
254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It has been years since we have visited the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. We were impressed the city, county and beach boardwalk corporation have done much to clean up the area and make it enjoyable, free of litter and trash, homeless and vagrants. It is refreshing.
Came here to visit the old childhood haunts. Spent the whole day, sampled the foods and had to ride the big dipper with the grandkids.
You need to visit before summer and the crowds increase.
Written 29 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lb33wonka
Redondo Beach, CA2,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Like your vintage boardwalk vibes. I grew up in NJ and this was close to our boardwalk. You can buy a ride card but it’s money based and can be used for food and other things
Written 11 April 2024
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NoMoney TravelGuy
United States18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a must-do for anyone visiting the Santa Cruz or Bay Area. This boardwalk has it all as a miniature amusement park with games, food, shops, and the rides of course. It’s great for kids and teens to spend a day. It is a bit pricey with the food, games, and rides. The best park is you can hang out on the beach with family and/or friends and have restrooms and food right there. The boardwalk does have areas for smaller children so it can be fun for everyone. It is free to walk in, but you do have to pay for everything else once there. The beach is also free and great for people watching. If you are driving in, they do charge $20 per car to park in their lots. The meter is the way to go if they are available. We paid $4 for a couple of hours. There is also free parking just across the bridge towards SeaBright beach, and that is a short walk to the boardwalk. If you head over there, don’t forget to take a stroll down the pier. The food is cheaper and they have great views of the ocean. It’s free to walk in as well.
Written 31 March 2024
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