The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. Our vibrant, bustling amusement park is renowned for its great rides, remarkable history, spectacular beach setting, and friendly attitude...
The 150-year-old carousel and wooden rollercoaster are worth the trip. Admission-free, right on the beach. Live outdoor concerts on Friday nights.
This the perfect place to spend an entire day! Take advantage of being on the beach and split your day between rides and play time in the sand.
The oldest wooden roller coaster in the US. Then walk to the boardwalk for some great seafood
Around 30 miles from San Jose. The traffic can be heavy during the weekend afternoons. Check google maps and starting before 1 PM and Starting the return drive after 7.30 PM will help to skip the peak traffic.
Funloving kids and adults will enjoy this place. Entrance is free, it's right on the beach, and Santa Cruz is a stereotypical California Beach town.
Beach and rollercoasters, hot dogs and ice cream! What are you waiting for? Check opening times.
I love the Boardwalk, there is no admission charge, just walk around and take it all in. There are rides for all ages. You’re right on the ocean and the Wharf right next door. In the summer there are free concerts. Enjoy!
“Nice beach, tide pools, nature center. Also is a monarch butterfly migration destination Oct-Feb each year.”
“Right next to the Harbor, great views both upstarts and downstairs. Has music and comedy night. Love the calamari and clam chowder. Nice salad bar. Full bar. ”
State / Provincial Park
“Historic Giant Redwood Trees, walking & biking trails for miles. A hike to the top of the mountain is a family favorite. 20ish minute drive from the beach house.”
“What a beautiful hiking or biking 🚴♀️ area. Take a hat if it’s a sunny day. ”