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December 09, 2016

Your Off-Season (& Rainy Day) Guide to the Boardwalk

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

With a sunny beachfront locale, open-air thrill rides, and an endless parade of frozen treats, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the very definition of summer. But that doesn’t mean the fun ends with the first bell of the school year. The Boardwalk is open year-round, and quieter months mean more deals and less crowds. Don’t stash those My Boardwalk cards just yet. Below, you’ll see why the off-season—and even a rainy day—is a great time to enjoy the Boardwalk.

SEASON PASSES GOOD THROUGH END OF 2017
The off-season is the best time to buy a season pass. Nab one today for $76.95 and you’ll enjoy unlimited rides through the end of 2017. As a bonus, you’ll also get a free, one-day pass for a friend plus a booklet with hundreds of 2-for-1 deals on food, drink, and arcade play. Given that daily passes are $33.95, the annual pass proves a killer deal in just three visits.

BOWL FOR FREE!
During the months of November and December, guests who bring a can of food to the Boardwalk Bowl get one game free thanks to Strike Out Hunger, a promotion that benefits a local food bank. Get more details here.

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

MINI GOLF, BILLIARDS & MAGIC
Open daily throughout the year, the nautical-themed Neptune’s Kingdom is like a second amusement park inside the Boardwalk. The cavernous historic building that once housed a huge saltwater pool is now home to a fantastical 18-hole mini golf course, billiards room, two mini arcades, and a cool new magic shop.

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

BIGGEST ARCADE IN SANTA CRUZ
You’ll hear the fun cacophony of bleeps and zaps before you step foot inside the Casino Arcade. The former penny arcade is abuzz with hi-def video games, air hockey, pinball, skee-ball, laser tag, and other interactive games every day throughout the year.

You’ll usually catch us plugging away at cast-iron skillets and cow-skulls in the old-school shooting gallery. And don’t miss Classic Corner, that temple to golden age games like Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and Frogger.

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

LIMITED RIDES ARE STILL OPEN
From now until the summer, a limited number of rides will remain open on most weekends and holidays. Check the Boardwalk’s online calendar to see when rides will operate.

GEEK OUT ON HISTORY
Although much has changed since they opened in 1907, the Boardwalk has never lost touch with its storied past. You can dive into a fun mix of historical photos and keepsakes at the Historium located on the second level of Neptune’s Kingdom. You’ll also discover secret histories and lesser-known facts about the Boardwalk with this self-guided guided walking tour that leads you to numerous points of interest throughout the property.

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Summer 2017 promises lots of new surprises at the Boardwalk—a brand new entrance, a completely revamped Fright Walk, and rumors of new rides—but there is still plenty fun to be had before then. See you there!






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