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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.

Latest Memory Posts

Mom Sent it Back, 2017

Friday night concerts on the beach were a regular thing. Driving out from Central CA, sometimes solo, sometimes with friends/family. For years, I took beach balls to toss out, and

Bathing beauty, 1946

This is my “Aunt,” Beverly (Hill) Nornschild Clark, circa 1946. Shortly after the end of WWII when she was 18 or 19. She lives in Salinas now (age 95) from

Battle of the Bands, 1964, 1964

I was a member of the band, The Pendeltons in 1964 and participated in the Battle of the Bands that year. We won that year and celebrated at the Boardwalk.

Diana, 1960

For the ‘Gram, 1960

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of my grandma, Diana. It was taken when she was about 17 years old by her friend, Carla. She told me that

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk get away 1920s

Beach Outing, 1920

Beach get away trip for the family. My great great grandma who went by the nick name “Tiny” is on the far right. The photo was not dated, but given

Love at First “Peach”, 1960

My parents met on a peach farm. And when my father saw her it was love at first sight. He handed her the most perfect peach he could find and

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

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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.

Beach and Boardwalk

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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