I have been going to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since I was no more than a baby. It has to be one of the most wonderful places to visit in California. One of the last surviving historic seaside amusement parks, the Boardwalk has something for everyone.
For thrill seekers, the Giant Dipper roller coaster is not to be missed! Built in 1924, the Giant Dipper is a thrilling coaster, which takes riders twisting and turning through plunging down a 65 foot drop and through a series of smaller drops that lift riders up out of their seats!
The carousel is nothing short of a treasure. Built in 1911 by Arthur Loof, it is a glittering gem whose hand-carved wooden horses prance beneath glittering mirrors and ornate gilt carvings. And as if that were not enough, it is one of the few remaining carousels where riders can snatch metal rings and try to toss them into a target!
History buffs will love this historic seaside play land. On the upper floors above the miniature golf course, is a small photographic museum, which chronicles the early history of the Boardwalk. Photographs include dramatic photos of the Casino building in flames and of bathing beauties from bygone eras. Laughing Sal is a recent addition to the Boardwalk. She is a larger than life animated character, who welcomed visitors to the old Playland at the Beach in San Francisco for more than 40 years. The Giant Dipper, the Carousel and the Boardwalk itself are all designated as historic landmarks.
And then there is the beach- a long stretch of sand where you can stroll along and hunt for shells or try your hand at surfing; there is no shortage of things to do here!! I always bring my out of town guests here for the day. No visit to Santa Cruz is complete without a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!!