About the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

March 15, 2018
Category: Santa Cruz CA Attractions

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, located in Santa Cruz, California. A little-known fact about the boardwalk is that because it was founded in 1907, that makes it the oldest surviving amusement park in California. Around the end of the 19th century, Frank W. Swanton – who was considered one of the best entrepreneurs of his time – came up with an idea for the public: he began his project by creating plans for a boardwalk and a casino that he would then consider “the Coney Island of the West.” After an unsuccessful opening and a fire that destroyed the first casino, new plans were already being put into motion. On June 22, 1907, on its opening day, nearly 1,200 people attended the gala where the boardwalk and casino – that featured a ballroom, indoor swimming pool named “The Plunge,” and a pier. Only a few months after its opening, there were already plans for amusement rides to be installed. The most iconic and historic ride at the boardwalk was open to the public in 1924, and it is known as the Giant Dipper – the best known wooden roller coaster in the world – and today is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Santa Cruz.

From Monday through Thursday, the boardwalk is open from 11am-6pm; on Fridays through Sundays, they’re open from 11am-8pm. At the boardwalk, aside from it being directly on the open beach, there are a total of 35 different rides; from thrill rides to kiddie rides, there’s bound to be one that you and your family will love. Some of the park’s thrill rides and other popular rides are The Giant Dipper, hang-gliders, bumper cars, a logger ride, and many other options to choose from. Another popular attraction (and the park’s oldest ride) is the 1911 Looff Carousel. The carousel features a ring dispenser where you can collect the rings and try to throw them into a clown’s mouth as you ride around the room, all while listening to the music of the original 342-pipe Ruth und Sohn band organ that was made in 1894. And not to worry; if adrenaline rides aren’t your type, then scattered throughout the boardwalk are several souvenir shops, 24 different types of concession stands, restaurants, and snack carts, an arcade, nearly 30 different boardwalk game booths, laser tag, mini golf, and much more.


About the Hotel


Located only 9 minutes (2.5 miles) away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the Mission Inn & Suites, which is a Spanish-themed style hotel that is located right in the heart of Santa Cruz. During your stay, your room will have a flat screen TV’s equipped with premium cable channels, in-room coffee and tea, microwaves, refrigerators, and as a guest, you’ll have access to their free WiFi, complimentary continental breakfast that’s served each morning. The hotel also offers a sauna, and an outdoor spa. Book your stay at the Mission Inn & Suites and find the best rates today.