|The Giant Dipper, built in 1924, is the most renowned ride on the boardwalk, the only true beach amusement park left on the West Coast. There is a lot of historic value in the Giant Dipper and the 1911 Looff Carousel, which still maintains its brass-ring mechanism. The park built a state-of-the-art haunted house in 2010 to join a few other interesting dark rides in the park: Ghost Blasters (shooting dark ride) and the iconic Cave Train Adventure. |
Along with the spinning coaster, Undertow, the park blends in a couple of intense flat rides-- Double Shot (S&S Tower), Fireball, and Wipeout (indoor Breakdance)-- with traditional ones (Rock-0-Plane, Round Up, Tilt-a-Whirl). Riding the Sky Glider over the boardwalk is another old tradition.
|The smell of garlic fries permeates the whole area, but there are plenty of food options that you would expect to find on a boardwalk, such as seafood, hot dogs, corn dogs, burgers, cheese steaks, pizza, sausage, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and salt water taffy, along with some that are not traditional to boardwalks, such as stir fry, wraps, Mexican, paninis, and fried artichokes. |
|The rides are open on weekends from January to November. Weekday operations take place from Memorial Day to Labor Day. |
|Established Seasonal events|
|Not so much a seasonal event, but on weeknights during the summer the park offers an after 5PM discount: |
|Access & Location|
|To get to the Boardwalk, take Highway 17 or scenic Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and follow the street signs to Santa Cruz Beach.|
The Amtrak Highway 17 Express line has service from San Jose to Santa Cruz Pacific Station, which is less than one mile from the boardwalk.
|The following link provides suggestions for local accomodations: |
|Virtual Queue Options|
|From mid-June through Labor Day, many bands from the 70's and 80's perform during Friday night concerts.|