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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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Latest Memory Posts

We don’t have time, 2008

My daughter had just recently found the courage to ride the Giant Dipper. We did a quick trip to the Boardwalk before we had to pick up her brother from

Grandma riding rides in Santa Cruz, 1948

Grandma moved over to California, Santa Clara in 1940’s from Lansing Michigan. She had never seen or had nice beaches or weather before so while as a teen growing up

Once a day, 1986

There were 6 parking meter spaces on the main road right in front of the Giant Dipper. On my way home from work I’d drive by and if one of

Wedding Fest ’97, 1997

For years while dating we would meet up with friends on Monday nights in the summer at 8 pm under the Giant Dipper sign to ride the roller coaster together.

Memorable Celebration, 2024

It was closing time at the 100th Birthday Party for the Giant Dipper, and the massive turnout was not ready to go home!

Wedding ride, 1992

After our wedding reception at the Cocoanut Grove, our wedding party rode the Giant Dipper.

The Old Dark Ride from the 60’s

Hello: I loved the “Laf in the Dark” ride. I don’t quite remember its name. I do remember lots of black light paint and a bus with monster heads in

Finally!, 1950

I was always afraid to ride the Giant Dipper as a teenager. I would tell my date “oh I’ve ridden that many times, let’s go to the merry-go-round.” When I

Dipper Operator, 1977

I worked at the Boardwalk for two seasons. That’s when we worked split shifts day and night for the summer. I made my way up to operating the Dipper and

Beautiful Sky, 2024

So many amazing memories growing up in the Bay Area and coming here as a kid. To now bringing my own family here and exploring all the fun areas. The

A family day at Santa Cruz, 2019

My granddaughter and I rode several of the rides together but the one ride that stands out in my mind is the Giant Dipper. Before leaving we enjoyed some ice

Early days of the Giant Dipper, 1936

My husband Ron Harmon and his little brother Glynn Harmon enjoying a day at Santa Cruz with the Giant Dipper in the background…1936. Ron would be 91 years old if

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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


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


Visitors love the Challenge of a fun Boardwalk game.

guests on the Giant Dipper a long time ago

Giant Dipper 100th

With over 68 million riders since 1924, the Giant Dipper is an iconic highlight of cherished memories for generations of Boardwalk guests.

Boardwalk Fun Facts

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

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