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Boardwalk Memories

Bring Boardwalk history to life with your stories and photos! 

Everyone has a story to share about visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Whether from years gone by or just recently.

If you have any great photographs taken at the Boardwalk, we’d like to see them! We’re especially interested in older photographs, from before 1970.

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Two people on the beach

Bathing Beauties, 1928

My husband’s grandmother grew up in the Hollywood area (and is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery). A google reverse image search led me to this source. Florence and her sister

Grandma, 1936

My Foxy Grandma!, 1936

My family has been going to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk further back than my lifetime. This is my 25 year old grandmother in 1936. One of my favorite stories is

Flying Cages, 1965

I lived in Santa Cruz from 1965 to 1968. Loved the wooden roller coaster but really enjoyed the Flying Cages. Had no problem making the cage move over the top.

Kids enjoying the old pier, 1938

This is my grandmother and her sister and cousins enjoying the Boardwalk while on the old (no longer existent) pier. She has such wonderful memories of their summer trip to

Giant Dipper Fun, 1935

This picture was taken of my mom Florence when she was in her early 20’s. Just a day at the beach with her Italian friends and family in front of

Mamie Started It, 1957

Beginning in 1957, my Grandmother Mamie started taking my brother, cousin and me to Santa Cruz each summer. Most years we would ride a Greyhound bus from Sacramento to Santa

Many concerts much fun, 1988

I lived across the street from the Boardwalk from 1986 until 2002. So close that if we did not make to the concerts, we could sit on the porch and

Mom’s Beach Time, 1940

Mom (Marci Armetta McIntire) was born in 1933. She was the joy of her parents life. Here is one of my Grandmother’s pictures of Mom at the Boardwalk, summer 1940

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Children on Speed Boats ride

Family & Friends

Our most precious memories include family and friends.

People on Freefall ride

Rides & Attractions

Everyone has a favorite ride, the Boardwalk has been thrilling kids of all ages for generations.

two couples on Boast ride

Romance

The Boardwalk has always been a popular date destination, there must be something in the ocean air.

two couples on Boast ride

Beach Fun

The Boardwalk has always been a popular date destination, there must be something in the ocean air.

Fun Food

Food has always been an irresistable part of any Boardwalk visit.

Bushel in Basket game

Games

Visitors love the Challenge of a fun Boardwalk game.

Boardwalk Fun Facts

The Boardwalk has roots as far back as 1865. Learn fun facts through classic photos.

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