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: http://beachboardwalk.com/01_events.html.
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: http://beachboardwalk.com/01_lodging.html.
Virtual Queue Options
From mid-June through Labor Day, many bands from the 70's and 80's perform during Friday night concerts.
Santa Cruz is one of the best seaside parks in the United States. The breeze off the ocean allows the scent of seawater and garlic to permeate the boardwalk.
The park blends the old and the new seamlessly, providing countless smiles for the whole family. While the coasters are not overpowering, they are fun. Some of the older rides have unique and or kitschy features that you might not see elsewhere.
Make sure you do some research before heading to the park and look carefully when you get to the boardwalk as some rides are difficult to find.
SCBB is a great park as much for the rides and atmosphere as for the terrfic view. As a beachside attraction, this park has some limitations, however you WILL have a good time if you visit here. The Giant Dipper is a wonderful classic wooden coaster, that should be on everyone's "must ride" lists.
Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk is a beautiful seaside park with a great collection of rides for the whole family. The star is the classic wooden coaster The Giant Dipper. Definately worth a stop if in the area!
I went to SCBB for 5 days a few weeks ago, and it was a blast! I went everyday at 11 AM when it opened and there was virtually no waits on all rides. At night we went and even though all the Giant Dipper switchbacks were full, it took no more the 20 minutes due to a two train operation and fabulous crew, Well done SCBB!
I absolutely love this park It is in an amazing location, it has a great collection of rides and the best atmosphere I have experienced at a park. The Giant Dipper is an amazing coaster, yes it can get a little rough but what do people expect she is an old lady, people don't think less of the mighty Coney Island Cyclone because she is rough they just expect it why should the dipper be any different its even older . I would recommend this park to anyone in the Bay Area especially families as it has something for everyone and then some.
SCBB is California's only seaside amusement park that is still at its greatest. Many other seaside amusement parks in California have either been shrunk or have been completely destroyed. Even though SCBB is one old park, it has a lot of new rides and has a very good collection of flat rides including Double Shot, my personal favorite flat in Northern California. The food is very good at SCBB and is much better than the usual filth amusement parks sell as food.
What can I say? Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the most pleasant beach side parks I've been to! They are very efficient, the park is always clean. The park is a very family friendly place to go to, they have a great variation of rides for all ages. Simply a great park!
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a very fun park, and has one of the best wooden coasters on the west coast. However, it is small, and the crowds get very large between noon and 6 P.M. Come in the morning, leave after lunch, and return after dinner, and you will be able to experience all the rides you want with little waiting. Brave mid-day, and you may have an entirely different experience.
Good collection of Flats and darks. Indoor break dance (wipe out) themed to surfing. One of the best starting tunnels on any coaster anywhere .Great place to spend a few hours or a day. discounts on weeknights during the summer. This is a local park for me as well I've been know to run down therefor a ride on the dipper and Under the hurricane. The food place there will make a Polish corndog if you ask (Not on the menu) So yummy but have a bottle of tums. Three words
Chocolate Coved bacon
SCBB is known for being one of the few remaining sea side parks, and is known for their classic rides. The majority of SCBB is made up of flat rides, some classic (Rock-o-Planes), often ones you'd find at the carnival. The main reason why you would be visiting the Boardwalk though is to check out the classic Giant Dipper though, right? The Dipper's an excellent ride that is a must. No visit is complete without riding it. It is also worth mentioning that the carousel has a ring dispenser.
Great rides, great food, great location, a whole lot of fun!
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