Covering a mile-long stretch of beach, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in California. Enjoy everything from thrill-inducing roller coasters and mellow kid-friendly rides to a classic arcade and skill games that allow you to win tickets redeemable for prizes.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Rides
An abundance of rides beckon from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Thrill-seekers will surely want to seek out such hair-raising thrill rides like the Giant Dipper, Tsunami, Wipeout, Tornado, and Hurricane. Families with little ones will be big fans of Bulgy the Whale, the Looff Carousel, and the Logger's Revenge, a kid-friendly coaster.
The action-packed Casino Arcade is chockfull of such contemporary games as Terminator Salvation, Sky Target Flight Simulator, Guitar Hero, San Francisco Rush Driving, H2Overdrive, and Super Bike 2. Oldies but goodies include Pac Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede.
Your skill at games of skill can help you win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes. The Boardwalk features some of the standards like Dime Toss, Milk Bottle, Long Shot Basketball, Water Race, Bushel Baskets, and Break a Plate. There are also newer games such as Top Glo, Roll a Ball Race, and Shoot Out Star.
A nautical-themed entertainment center, Neptune's Kingdom reigns supreme on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Buccaneer Bay is a two-story 18-hole miniature golf course with pirates lurking around every green. Smuggler's Arcade overflows with video games and pinball. The Captain's Game Deck features several pool tables plus air hockey.
Where can I park and what are the rates near the Santa Cruz Boardwalk?
The Boardwalk operates two main parking lots adjacent to the amusement park.
Full ride days: $15 (RV $30)
Limited ride days: $10 (RV $10)
Holidays and weekends: $20 (RV $40)
The Boardwalk is a popular weekend and holiday destination so early arrival is recommended to secure on-site parking.
Off-site parking is available with shuttle service at the County Government Building located at 701 Ocean Street. During the summer, a trolley runs every 30 minutes between the Boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz.
What are some fun things to do around the Boardwalk and in Santa Cruz?
The Boardwalk features two original rides: the iconic Looff Carousel and the thrilling Big Dipper Roller Coaster. There are 40 other amusements, plus an indoor arcade, gift shops, and classic boardwalk treats to eat.
Other popular Santa Cruz attractions nearby are the gravitational anomaly Mystery Spot, Capitola Village, Natural Bridge State Beach, Roaring Camp, Santa Cruz Mission, and Redwood State Park. Monterey Aquarium is just 40 miles from Santa Cruz.