California Beaches - What Happened to the Fun?
So a soda use to cost a nickel, and an
oceanfront lot on Balboa Island now worth
several million could be had for a couple
hundred bucks. We know the prices on everything
went up, but what happened to the fun?
Do girls and ladies today actually think it was
great wearing dresses in the ocean to play?
Probably not. But 100 years ago the attire shown
in the photo above from Pismo Beach circa 1910
shows nine women and girls keeping covered and
remaining decent. Also seen above are the Balboa
Pavilion with the Electric Pacific train parked
outside, a modern day replica train you can ride
in San Pedro, and the Balboa Pavilion today.
From the Pike at Long Beach to the Joy Zone in
Seal Beach, and the Cement Ship at Seacliff
Beach near Santa Cruz, many of the early 20th
century beach amusements are gone. When
California's beach destinations strives to bring
back the tourists, maybe they should bring back
Here is a walk back in time, where the fun
remains, and where it is gone:
STILL HERE AFTER ABOUT 100 YEARS!
Santa Cruz Boardwalk celebrated 100 years
recently and remains the prominent beach
attraction with amusement rides overlooking the
ocean in California.
Santa Monica Pacific Park has been renovated
with a carousel and rides to rekindle the
memories of an original fun zone.
Belmont Park in San Diego still has fun
rides and a Plunge Pool, just like the old days.
Newport Beach still has the Balboa Pavilion and
Fun Zone with a few rides and games.
San Pedro has a replica red car that
tourists can ride on and enjoy.
GONE FOREVER & SOMETIMES FORGOTTEN
The Pike in Long Beach
Joy Zone in Seal Beach
Saltwater Plunges -- nearly every beach had
them, and most are gone.
REKINDLE THE MEMORIES
Balboa Island Museum features old signage,
photos and the staff always warmly accepts
memories you want to share.
Red Car Museum in Seal Beach is a few blocks
from the beach, and includes red car
Queen Mary ship in Long Beach harbor is a
period piece. Though not 100 years old, the
vessel contains many exhibits showcasing the
Golden Era of Hollywood and the ship's esteemed