The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, just east of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and a short walk from downtown Santa Cruz, has enjoyed over a century of storied summers. It's one of only two remaining seaside amusement parks on the West Coast, with an arcade, amusement park, mini-golf course and laser tag. No entrance fee means that on hot summer days, beachgoers run back and forth between the sand and the conflagration of saltwater taffymakers, ice cream purveyors and rides, enjoying the best of both worlds.
Founded in 1904 by businessman Fred Swanton as a casino, the boardwalk is listed as a historical landmark by the California Office of Historic Preservation. In 1911, famed woodcarver Charles Loof contributed the Loof Carousel, and in 1924, the Giant Dipper wooden rollercoaster took its first passengers for a ride that still thrills today. The kitsch of rides like the Cave Train reigned supreme during the 1960s, later giving way to the updated Haunted Castle, while the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom's Art Deco flourishes recall even earlier days. The boardwalk made it to the silver screen a number of times over the years, cameoing in Dangerous Minds and The Lost Boys .
Read more about the history of the Boardwalk .
Today,the boardwalk plays host to big-name bands (free on Friday nights during the summer), circus acts and community events like the Wharf to Wharf Race, usually held in July. The boardwalk's Coney Island-type charm has been souped up by more modern rides, like the Logger's Revenge log flume, the 125-foot Double Shot tower ride and the all-new Sea Swings, each of which provides a unique way to take in the Monterey Bay scenery—even it's just for a few fleeting seconds.
Closed. Will reopen Dec 26
Call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm rides open.
|Token Madness Tokens may be used anytime during the year and make great stocking stuffers for arcade fans.
Ask an attendant about Token Madness in the Casino Arcade, Neptune's Kingdom, or Guest Services office.
|Whether you're looking for the latest games like Dance Dance Revolution, Sky Target Flight Simulator, San Francisco Rush Driving or the interactive experience of the new NASCAR 4 player race game, we've got you covered.
Plus … a Classic Corner full of your old favorites like Space Invaders, Pac Man and Centipede.
Plus … win tickets playing Skee Ball and other games of skill. Redeem your tickets for great prizes at the Boardwalk redemption center.
The entire Casino Arcade
is available for private rental.
for groups of 200+.
Call Group Sales at (831) 460-3340
for more information
or send us your event info: Click here! The Casino Arcade is located on the Boardwalk
at 400 Beach St. - Google Maps Link
For more information call (831) 423-5590 The Boardwalk's Casino Arcade houses the largest selection of video games in the area. More than 300 games in all.
Santa's Kingdom& the Holiday Lights Train Have a wonderfully fun evening riding the train, playing mini-golf and more!
Watch out for pirates as you play through on the Buccaneer Bay two-story 18-hole miniature golf course includes 3 new black light holes to test your skills.
Golfers pay just $5 each or $4 with a Boardwalk Unlimited Rides Wristband .
Test your skills inside Smuggler's Arcade playing video games and pinball.
Visit the Captain's Game Deck upstairs for more fun and games including eight pool tables, air hockey, fosse ball, ping pong, snacks, and beer. Check out the Barbary Coast restaurant for burgers, deli sandwiches, and espresso.
|Planning a party?
Neptune's Kingdom is available for private rental. Call Group Sales at
(831) 460-3340 for more information.
Neptune's Kingdom is a nautical-themed entertainment center located on the Boardwalk at 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz.
Admission is FREE! Neptune's Kingdom is open every day except December 25th.
For more information call (831) 423-5590
Laser Tag is a fast paced adventure game. Players compete head-to-head or in teams in our 3,500 square foot arena.
|Each shot counts!
The master computer calculates your score and ranking.
This isn't Virtual Reality, IT IS REALITY!
|With special lighting, sound effects, obstacles and fog adding to the action.
Laser Tag admission is $5 per person or $4 with a Boardwalk Unlimited Rides Wristband .
|The arena is available for private rental at $300 per hour. Group discounts are also available for parties of 20 or more. Call (831) 460-3340 for more information.|
Laser Tag is located inside the Casino Arcade on the Boardwalk at 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz.
Operating hours for Laser Tag vary, for more information call (831) 423-5590
The Boardwalk is a sweet-tooth paradise!
Marini's saltwater taffy is located near the Casino Arcade and near Entrance 5. Handmade chocolates, caramel apples, and more sugary delights.
Whiting's Foods' scrumptious soft serve cones are highlighted at Carousel Cones by Entrance 3 and the historic black and white booth next to the Haunted Castle. Whiting's also offers DIP ‘N' DOTs inside the Casino Arcade, at Entrance 3 and near the Logger's Revenge.
Favorite Funnel Cakes are cooked to order at a colorful booth near the Giant Dipper. And don't miss those Deep Fried Twinkies next to Cliff Hanger. On hot days the refreshing Santa Cruz Sno across from the Haunted Castle provides icy creations.
More dairy treats are also located at the Barbary Coast inside Neptune's Kingdom, Marini's Yogurt Shop inside the Casino Arcade, Ice Cream Express near Rock ‘n' Roll, and Super Sundae near Logger's Revenge.
Look for traditional cotton candy at booths near the Pirate Ship and Giant Dipper as well as the Bright Spot near the Cliff Hanger, and both Marini's locations.
Popcorn choices are found at Carousel Cones at Entrance 3, the snack booth across from the Giant Dipper, the Kettle Korn booth near Tsunami, the Game Deck snack bar on the second floor of Neptune's Kingdom, and at both Marini's locations.
Soft pretzel and gourmet beef jerky (both traditional and Cajun) carts are located at Entrance 3 and next to the Cave Train Adventure.
Shopping at the Boardwalk is a great way to cool off and find hot treasures
that will keep you close to the beach until our next visit to
the West Coast's only major seaside amusement park.
Located next to the Casino Arcade, everything is $20.00 or less!
T-shirts, sunglasses, beach toys, Boardwalk posters, and souvenirs.
Purchase Select Boardwalk Merchandise Online >> Click Here!
Right next to Boardwalk Bargains.
Beach items, beach wear, beach umbrellas, jewelry, collectibles.
Famous wetsuits, surfboards, clothing, and more!
Two locations on the Boardwalk showcase the latest in beachwear, sunglasses, sand toys, and unique gifts.
Located at Entrance 2 and Entrance 5.
Treasures from the sea, unique gifts, T-shirts, sand toys, and more.
Located near Haunted Castle between Entrances 3 and 4.
Next to Funland Arcade across from Logger's Revenge.
Great selection of kid's T-shirts, toys, jewelry, and hats.
In front of Kid's Cove. A variety of jewelry and retro gifts of the past.
Next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk , the Boardwalk Bowl is a state-of-the-art bowling facility, arcade and lounge with plenty of party fun!
|OPEN DAILY at 9am
Mon & Tues - Midnight
Wed & Thurs - 11pm
Fri & Sat - 1am
Sun - 11pm
For schedule information and
to sign up for leagues NOW,
Call (831) 426-33
|The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Phone: (831) 423-5590|
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|Directions and Parking
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, located at 400 Beach St. in Santa Cruz, California , is about a 75-minute drive from San Francisco, 45 minutes from the Monterey/Carmel area, and 30 minutes from the San Jose area.
|To get to the Boardwalk, take Highway 17 or scenic Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and follow the street signs to Santa Cruz Beach.
Parking is $11 for cars, $25 for RVs. Parking lots are located across the street from the Boardwalk. You can save that car ride and take the train by using the Amtrak Throughway Motorcoach right to the Boardwalk.
Call 1-800-USA-RAIL for scheduling information.
2011 Endless Summer Season Pass - $69.95 plus tax Each pass includes an additional FREE All-Day Unlimited Rides Wristband for a friend! PLUS... a bonus book full of discounts and freebees! Issued when you activate your Season Pass.
Available at any Boardwalk ticket booth and here on our web site.
Order online today and we'll pay the tax! Already a Season Pass Holder?
Renew your pass online!
Visit our Season Pass Purchase page then click "Renew Pass "
When you renew, your existing card will immediately be valid for another season. Bring in your renew order confirmation number and receive your complimentary Buddy Pass!
Boardwalk Season Passes Make Great Gifts!
Purchase a gift pass online (gift pass will be mailed) - Click here! Attractions Plus Unlimited Rides Package
Limited Operations / Winter Special - $26.95 plus tax (reg. $36.95) Ride as often as you want, PLUS choose two attractions: Mini Golf, Laser Tag, The Vault Lazer Maze, Desperados, Fright Walk, Boardwalk Bowl bowling (one game and shoes), 12 arcade tokens.
Available at any Boardwalk ticket booth .
Plus... Boardwalk parking is now just $5.00 during our Winter Special.
All-Day Unlimited Rides Wristband
Limited Operations / Winter Special - $19.95 plus tax (reg. $29.95) Ride as often as you want, all day!
Available at any Boardwalk ticket booth.
Plus... Boardwalk parking is now just $5.00 during our Winter Special. 50-Ticket Strip - $42.95 plus tax Good for 10-to-20 rides, depending on your choices. Available at any Boardwalk ticket booth. Individual Rides - $3.00 to $5.00 You can buy tickets for just one or any number of rides at any Boardwalk ticket booth. Tickets are one dollar each and each ride requires 3 to 5 tickets. Boardwalk Attractions - $5.00 Laser Tag , Mini-Golf , Desperados, Fright Walk, Climb ‘N Conquer SAVINGS TIP:
Two attraction tickets are included with the Attractions Plus Unlimited Rides Package or save $1 per attraction with a Season Pass or Unlimited Ride Wristband . Click here to view Boardwalk Attractions info.
Individual Ride Ticket Information and Height Requirements For your safety and for the maximum enjoyment for every visitor, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk enforces these height restrictions: Child under 36 inches tall may ride these rides free when riding with a ticketed chaperone.
|Speedway||3||$3.00||under 36" w/chaperone|
|Convoy||3||$3.00||under 36" w/chaperone|
|Sea Dragons||3||$3.00||under 36" w/chaperone|
|Merry-Go-Round||3||$3.00||under 36" w/chaperone|
|Freefall||3||$3.00||under 42" to 34" w/chaperone|
|Space Race||4||$4.00||42" minimum|
|Logger's Revenge||5||$5.00||under 48" to 34" w/chaperone|
|Rock-O-Plane||4||$4.00||under 48" to 34" w/chaperone|
|Sea Serpent||3||$3.00||under 48" to 34" w/chaperone|
|Starfish||3||$3.00||under 48" to 34" w/chaperone|
|Pirate Ship||4||$4.00||under 48" to 42" w/chaperone|
|Tornado||4||$4.00||under 48" to 42" w/chaperone|
|Sea Swings||5||$5.00||under 48" to 42" w/chaperone|
|Rock & Roll||4||$4.00||under 48" to 42" w/chaperone|
|Cyclone||4||$3.00||under 48" to 42" w/chaperone|
|Cave Train||4||$4.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Ferris Wheel||4||$4.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Ghost Blasters||4||$4.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Haunted Castle||5||$5.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Riptide||4||$4.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Sky Glider (1 way)||3||$3.00||under 48" w/chaperone|
|Cliff Hanger||4||$4.00||48" minimum|
|Crazy Surf||4||$4.00||48" minimum|
|Giant Dipper||5||$5.00||50" minimum|
|Speed Bumps||4||$4.00||50" minimum|
Chaperone: A person who, in the opinion of the Ride Operator, is capable of controlling the actions of the unqualified rider. ** Information subject to change without notice.
*** Due to weather and maintenance schedule some rides may not be available.