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Boardwalk Rides Reopening

Giant Dipper Roller Coaster

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Reopen Select Rides to Santa Cruz County Residents

Santa Cruz, CA: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will become the first amusement park in California to reopen amusement rides on Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8. After voluntarily closing rides in early March, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will reopen a limited selection of park rides including the world-famous 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, to Santa Cruz County residents only in accordance with State of California reopening guidelines.  
In order to comply with State mandated capacity limits, local residency requirements, and other guidelines, the Boardwalk has created a dedicated ride area where Santa Cruz County residents can ride rides and enjoy Boardwalk food and shopping. Rides will operate on weekends only at this time although public sections of the Boardwalk will remain open daily. Guests from outside Santa Cruz County will be able to enjoy Boardwalk rides whenever the County moves from Tier 3 to Tier 4.  
Reservations are required to enter the ride amusement area. Boardwalk rides are open for two sessions from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission to the ride area is $25 and guests will receive a 25-point MyBoardwalk card good for rides and games. Season Pass Members with a Santa Cruz County zip code will receive free admission and rides, but reservations are required. All guests inside the dedicated ride area will undergo a COVID-19 health screening prior to arrival and have their temperature checked before entering the ride area.  
“Saturday, November 7 is one of the most historic days in the 113-year history of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk,” said Boardwalk spokesperson Kris Reyes. “Boardwalk rides have sat silent since March and on Saturday the thrills will return in a fun and safe manner that ensures the health and safety of all Boardwalk guests and employees.” 
The colonnade and main Boardwalk plaza is open daily with free admission for all guests, regardless of residency, to enjoy their favorite Boardwalk foods, shop in their favorite stores, and play outdoor Boardwalk games. Neptune's Kingdom will reopen for miniature golf only on Saturday, November 7 and the Boardwalk Bowl is already open daily. Both attractions are open to all guests regardless of where they live. All areas of the Boardwalk, Neptune's Kingdom, and Boardwalk Bowl will be following new health and safety protocols found at
“Our entire team has been working towards this day since before the Boardwalk first reopened food and retail locations in late May,” said Reyes. “We are following all health and safety requirements; masks are required for all guests and employees, and we have robust cleaning protocols in place.” 
All details regarding Boardwalk operations, safety protocols, pricing, and park operating hours can be found online at