Ah, the smell of sunscreen lotion in the air…

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been operating since 1907 and two of the rides are National Historic Landmarks, the 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel with its unique ring toss that provides a surprising challenge. There’s a mixture of nostalgia with penny arcade games, the smell of sunscreen lotion in the air, retro rides (like the sky glider, pictured with Mr. Caveman) and classic greasy, sugary carnival food. It’s probably the only amusement park where you can get deep fried artichokes I bet!


The Boardwalk spans a wide sandy beach along Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and often times you’ll spot amazing sand art. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been throughout the years; I even had my high school prom there! As one of the last classic seaside amusement parks in the United States, I hope many more visitors get to experience the nostalgia while it lasts.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk- 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz
Published by Amy on: Jul 12, 2017

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