Boardwalk Wins 9th Golden Ticket Award

SANTA CRUZ, CA (September 10, 2016) - The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has once again been named the world’s Best Seaside Park by the amusement industry. The award was announced during the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The two-day gathering included exclusive events and an award dinner for amusement park owners, operators and managers.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk president Karl Rice accepted the Golden Ticket Award for Best Seaside Park during a festive ceremony with an Academy Awards theme. “We’re extremely proud to be recognized by our industry as the Best Seaside Park in the world,” said Rice. “Our employees and concessionaires work hard to create a special place for families to enjoy.”
In addition to Karl Rice, Boardwalk vice presidents Omid Aminifard and Tom Canfield, as well as maintenance director Mike Sukel also attended the Golden Ticket Awards.
This year’s Golden Ticket Award follows an upset in 2015, when an east coast amusement park won the award for the first time. Prior to that, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk won Golden Tickets for Best Seaside Park from 2007-2014.
Earlier this year the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was named Best Boardwalk in the USA by USA Today readers; the Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper was named “Best Bay Area Roller Coaster” by the San Francisco Chronicle; and the park currently leads a Trip Advisor poll of “Awesome Piers, Boardwalks and Waterfronts.”

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About the Golden Ticket Awards
The Golden Ticket Awards are presented annually to honor the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry and are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today.  The prestigious survey asks experienced amusement park voters around the country and world to rate the “bests” in 23 categories. For more information visit

About the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, built in 1907, was voted Best Boardwalk in the USA by USA Today readers in 2016. One of the most popular attractions in Northern California, the seaside amusement park features a family-friendly collection of rides, games, entertainment, food and shopping. The park's 1924 Giant Dipper wooden coaster, and 1911 Looff Carousel are both National Historic Landmarks and the entire Boardwalk is a State Historic Landmark.