While in Santa Cruz, I had the opportunity to take my children to the Boardwalk. It was a neat experience to be by the beach and hear the waves all the while having fun. They loved going on all the rides and there were rides for every age group. My youngest (20 months) was able to enjoy rides just as much as my 14 year old. The cost was not too prohibitive at $27 for a day use wristband which included use of all the rides plus an extra ticket to go in the Fright Walk haunted house. The hours are a little short, only operating from 11 am until 7 pm. And the food costs about the same as any other amusement park food (pricey). I had a pretzel and it was $2.50. All in all, it was a good time and I didn't go broke.