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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

Enough of the Lost Boys for now.  the Boardwalk has been the heart and soul of Santa Cruz since it first opened in 1907.  The coastline of California once was full of amusement parks and amusement piers early in the last century.  Unfortunately with changing times most of the seaside amusement parks have faded away as there are only three left with Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk being the oldest.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

If you are a classic amusement park lover like I am Santa Cruz has everything you need.  There is a walk through haunted house, two dark rides, a classic coaster, a sky ride, a wonderful location and a lot of preserved history as well as modern rides mixed in.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

One of the newer rides at the Beach Boardwalk is the Double Shot.  This is really a perfect ride for a park like Santa Cruz as it takes up little space and it gives guests a really amazing view of the town, the boardwalk or the coastline from a hundred and twenty-five feet in the air.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk only takes up twenty-four acres of land so they have really had to get creative with where to place all of the rides and attractions.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California

On the roof above a few stores and restaurants sits the Undertow coaster.  It is one of the many spinning coasters by Mauer Rides.  Unlike the spinning coasters where riders face inward these facing outward ones are different as the spin seems a little more random.  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk added this coaster in 2013 as a replacement for the aging Hurricane coaster.



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