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Our Staff Picks are your guide to stay 'in the know' when you go. Whether you're planning to hang ten or take five, checkout our blog to find the best local attractions, events and activities to keep you entertained while you stay in Santa Cruz. There's no shortage of things to do. From mild to wild, there's something for everyone here. 

The Coney Island of Santa Cruz

The Coney Island of Santa Cruz

June 13, 2022

For over a century, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (a.k.a., “the Coney Island of the West”) has drawn visitors from across California and the country in search of fun, excitement, and the salubrious sea air. The long list of attractions at this iconic amusement park includes a bowling alley, two arcades, laser tag, mini-golf, and around a dozen of the finest thrill rides on the West Coast. The Giant Dipper is the fourth-oldest roller coaster in the country and also one of the most famous, having appeared in movies like The Lost Boys and Sudden Impact, plus countless TV commercials. On the Double Shot you’ll plunge 125 vertical feet in the blink of an eye (try not to blink, though—the view is spectacular). Or try the Cliff Hanger to experience the sensation of soaring high above the shore. Plus, with dozens of casual restaurants and eateries, you’ll have no problem keeping your energy up for a full day of family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.