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A local landmark since 1907, this boardwalk was one of the first amusement parks in California. It is now the only oceanside amusement park operating on the west coast. The boardwalk is the site of two rare attractions, the 1911 carousel and the 1…
The Fitzsimmons & Twisselman families have been operating their concessions at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since 1934. Over the years, Charles J. Fitzsimmons moved from games to retail food. Today, Charles's grandson, Matt Twisselman, continues…
The Ross Whiting family has been part of Boardwalk history since 1927. As superintendent, Joseph "Ross" Whiting was responsible for the first widening and paving of the Boardwalk. After leaving the Seaside Company in 1946, Ross and his family went…
The Giant Dipper roller coaster, with its trademark red and white structure, spectacular view of the Monterey Bay, and speedy dips and curves, keeps generations of riders coming back for more.
The Giant Dipper has thrilled over 50 million ride…
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's Giant Dipper as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.
The 75-foot high wood coaster officially opened on May 17, 192…
The timeless and picturesque Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has "starred" in everything from industrial films, commercials, and music videos to made-for-TV movies and feature-length big-screen releases.
At the turn of the century, lounging couples covered the beach much as they do today. But the women were fully dressed, and men wore hats and coats. Laws prohibited sitting on the beach in bathing attire.Today, from bikinis to tankinis, women's be…
The restaurant now called Surf City Grill has been known by other names and owned by several families over the years. In spite of these changes, it remains a favorite for satisfying the appetites of visitors, ravenous after a day at the Boardwalk.
Whether you call it a merry-go-round, carousel, or whirlgig, visitors have always been enchanted with the Boardwalk's oldest ride. At the grand opening of the "hippodrome," as the carousel and its building were called, one hundred rocking chairs w…
These boards are part of the original Santa Cruz Boardwalk and were saved during a restoration project completed in 1984.This project was one of many completed under Laurence P. Canfield, President of the Santa Cruz Seaside Company from 1952 to 1984