I was just a little kid, but I remember the Fun House on the Boardwalk with the giant wooden slide, the spinning disc, the wavy walkway, and basically the wonderful atmosphere of the Boardwalk.
I remember my big sister taking me to the Boardwalk when you could actually go “Under the Boardwalk” as the tune goes.. I loved going under the Boardwalk, because it was nice and cool under there, and I could rest from body surfing on my boogie board. Of course, after an hour of surfing, my big sister and her friends liked to smoke cigarettes under the Boardwalk, unbeknownst to our parents!
When I was 12 years old, my big sister talked me into going on the Giant Dipper. Needless to say, I was terrified to death, and lost one of my flip-flops!
I am now 47 years old with an 11 year-old daughter, and I can STILL ride the Giant Dipper…..with my arms up the ENTIRE ride!
I still have that wonderful feeling of nostalgia when my family and I visit the Beach and Boardwalk. From the old rides to the new ones, from the indoor arcade to the tide rolling in, from the candy apples to the FREE Friday night concerts…..I love you, Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk!