The Beach Boardwalk

After my exciting visit to The Mystery Spot, I journeyed to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park. It’s open year round, and is California’s oldest surviving amusement park. The Boardwalk features 2 roller coasters, one water ride, a free-fall style ride, and several state-fair style rides. It also includes, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, a giant arcade, kiddie rides, carnival games, and sky buckets. There is an abundant supply of fried food, too! Or you can skip the rides and just hang out at the beach.

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sky buckets!

The best part about the B’walk is that it’s free to get in. The individual rides, games, and activities cost money (around $4-5 each). So you can do as much or as little as you want without being worried about getting your money’s worth. They sell unlimited ride wristbands for $29.95, and other package deals in case you’re planning to spend the day there. Oh but btw, it costs $12 to park. Find more info at

giant swings!

I got in trouble for taking this pic. "No cell phones allowed!"

During the summer they are open daily until 11pm, and there are a ton of special events to check out. On Monday and Tuesday nights, rides, drinks and hot dogs are $1 each. And every Friday night during the summer there’s a free concert on the beach. My husband and I encountered the Boardwalk on a Saturday, in the late afternoon/evening. There were fewer people there than during the day, plus we got to enjoy the sunset.

view of sunset from giant swings

I really love the state fair, and I adore the beach, so the Beach Boardwalk was right up my alley. I think it would be a good destination for a family because there is something or everyone.


Fun Fact: The Looff Carousel still contains its original 342-pipe organ, built in 1894.

I love this slow exposure photo at sunset


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