Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060- Map It
Phone: (831) 423-5590
AAA Members Save on Rides + MyBoardwalk Card Combo with pre-purchase online or in-branch

AAA Editor Notes

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is off SR 1 following signs to the municipal wharf. This beachside amusement park has been entertaining young and old alike for more than a century. In addition to more than three dozen rides, there are attractions like miniature golf, laser tag, a bowling alley and the nautically themed Neptune's Kingdom entertainment center. The Casino Arcade has pinball machines, air hockey, skee-ball and a variety of video games.</br>A highlight is a hand-carved Looff carousel, which dates from 1911 and features a rare brass ring machine and an original 342-pipe organ. Both the carousel and the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, built in 1924, are National Historic Landmarks. Logger's Revenge offers panoramic ocean views from a vantage point high above the park, and it's a certainty that you'll get splashed during the final drop. Little kids can pilot Kiddie Cruzers that are designed to resemble classic cars from the 1940s.</br>Thrill rides include the Double Shot, which propels brave souls 125 feet skyward for a spectacular bird's-eye view of the coast before shooting them back down to Earth. Nerves of steel are also required for a spin on Undertow, a roller coaster equipped with a dizzying assortment of sharp turns, sudden drops and speedy downhill lunges.</br>It wouldn't be an amusement park without a tasty array of munchies, and the caloric delights here include corn dogs, deep-fried artichoke hearts and Italian sausage sandwiches. On Friday nights during the summer months free band concerts take place at the beach bandstand.</br>Food is available.</br>
Boardwalk admission free. Individual rides $3-$7; all-day ride wristband $36.95. Individual attractions $6; all-day rides plus two attractions $48.95.
AAA Benefit:
AAA Members save $15 on the Rides + MyBoardwalk Card Combo, and save $6 on the Unlimited All-Day Rides Wristband. To take advantage of these great offers, purchase them in advance online or at a AAA Northern California, Nevada or Utah branch office.
$10-$20.
Hours: Amusement park facilities open daily; hours vary. Rides operate daily, April 1-Labor Day and during spring break and Christmas vacation; weekends only, rest of year. Neptune's Kingdom and Mini-Golf, Casino Arcade and Laser Tag open daily year-round. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.