The train stops directly in front of the rides. The conductor opens a
special gate to the park and you are on your way to fun. This has to rank
among the top beach experiences for fun. Be sure when you visit Santa Cruz
to save some time for the Beach Train Ride from the Redwood Big Trees Roaring Camp. See
California Trains & Trams
The Golden Days of Beach Amusement entertainment
included pleasure piers and fun rides strewn along the California coastline.
During the early 1900's, there were water plunges, pikes and piers to delight
vacationers. Just around the bend at Seacliff State
Beach are the remnants of the Cement Ship, connected to a wooden pier.
This ship once served as an entertainment venue for fun-seekers in the Santa
Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk offers more than 30 rides, four arcades with
both vintage machines and hundreds of modern video games, a game
deck, 26 games of skill, 30 food vendors, an electronic shooting gallery,
indoor miniature golf and over 15 gift shops with everything from
beachwear to sunglasses and jewelry. The Cocoanut Grove complex hosts a
variety of events: trade shows, conferences, dances, parties, conventions,
banquets and wedding receptions. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Cocoanut
Grove is located at 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz. Take Highway 1 or 17
to Santa Cruz and follow the signs to the beach. 831-423-2053.
The Riverwalk at the Santa Cruz Beach
Board Walk includes popular rides such as Cave Train. This redesigned and
remodeled Boardwalk plaza brings plenty of new fun and thrills to the historic
park. New rides include the Jumpin' Star, Pepsi Convoy truck course, Tornado
thrill ride, Sea Serpent roller coaster, Space Race bumper cars and Cave
Train 2000. Cave Train 2000 is a new version of an old favorite. Originally
in 1961, the Cave Train has long been one of the park's most popular family
rides. On hiatus for the past three years for refurbishment, Cave Train
2000 features many of the original ride's elements plus technology of the
new millennium. Info: 831-426-7433.Web Site: www.beachboardwalk.com
Giant Dipper no longer costs 15 cents but the 74
year-old wooden classic still draws Californians by the thousands each
year at $3 a ride. This National Historic Landmark offers views of
Monterey Bay and familiarity for those who saw movies such as Sudden Impact
and The Sting. Top speed: 55 mph.
Santa Cruz Visitors Center. California's
Central Coast is home to a new visitor information center that is easily
accessible to tourists traveling along the California coast. Located in Santa
Cruz at 1211 Ocean Street, the Center meets a hub where traffic spills from
Highways 1 and 17. International and domestic travelers will enjoy a variety of
services including free regional and statewide tourism materials; maps; restroom
facilities; and a knowledgeable staff ready to answer questions and make
suggestions as visitors plan their stay on California's Central Coast. Public
contact: Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council, 1211 Ocean
Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 831-425-1234 or 800-833-3494.
Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk
is one of California's most beloved theme parks amusements.
Consistently ranking in the Top 10 for
California theme park attendance, over three million people flock to
this coastal wonderland in a funky, beach town where you can
actually ride a train from the Redwood forests to the boardwalk and beach!