CA Originals :: Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Fun in the sun at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, California’s oldest, still standing, amusement park.


n some days we want to read a book in the park, next person at least 0.3 miles away and then on those other days, we want it all. The tumult, the sugar, the adventure, and the fun of an amusement park. So from time to time we send an email to all our friends, asking who’s in for the jamboree. Because an amusement park is best enjoyed with a group of friends, right? After a few days back and forth, the carpooling situation is sorted out and we hit the road.

Our destination Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

The oldest, continuously operating amusement park in California is definitely a CA Original since 1907.

Old and young are welcome to scream for joy at the Giant Dipper and eat as much caramel apples as they can. Boasting with 35 rides, mini golf, arcade, bowling alley and laser tag area, plus countless snack options Santa Cruz Boardwalk is for sure fun for everyone.


For the brave, there is the Giant Dipper, probably the most famous wooden roller coaster in the world. It might not be the biggest -highest-fastest anymore, but overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach and the Pacific and going wild since 1924 make this roller coaster a very special one. For more excitement, there are all kinds of turn, drop, spin, fly, twist, rotate & roll activities.



When our feet get tired, and our stomach needs a rest from the up and downs of thrill rides, we love to take a seat in the Sky Glider and soar over the fair with legs dangling and on corn on the cob nibbling. This is how you want your Santa Cruz Boardwalk day to end. And if you feel, this is too much for you; there is the beach, a wide beach, where you can for sure find a spot for yourself – next person at least 0.3 miles away.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-5590
opening hours: 11am – 11pm
Tickets from $3 – $6

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8 Responses
  • Barb
    July 21, 2016

    Absolutely the best place on earth! So good we even honeymooned there 🙂

  • Marco
    July 21, 2016


  • Mike Carroll
    July 22, 2016

    We used to visit the Boardwalk in the ’50s, when the had the giant clown entrance and salt water pool. Great memories!

    • Ana Kamin
      July 22, 2016

      Wow! I can imagine how cool it must have looked back then. 🙂

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