The Treehugging Outdoorsman

The Boardwalk

Claimed to be the “Coney Island of the West”, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been a popular destination for more than a hundred years now with a variety of rides to choose from. For numerous summer afternoons, as far as I can remember, I’ve gone to the Boardwalk either with my family or friends to try the rides, play arcade games, eat cotton candies or corndogs. Fred Swanton built the Boardwalk at the start of twentieth century with Neptune’s Casino as his first project. On June 22, 1906 though, just less than two years after its opening, the casino was engulfed in a big fire that started at the kitchen.

This did not deter Swanton into building another one months after, so in June 1907, a Boardwalk, pier and new casino was opened. Favorite rides are the Loof carousel and Giant Dipper although I liked the Cave train Adventure because of the glow-in-the-dark train. Did you know that the Boardwalk has been used for some famous films such as The Lost Boys, Sudden Impact and Dangerous Minds? Me neither.


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I totally agree with you. I love spending lazy summer afternoons there. Its great for the family and for lovers too.

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