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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Reopen Select Rides Starting Thursday, April 1

Ride Reservations are now live for California Residents

Santa Cruz, CA (March 29, 2021): The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will reopen select rides to California residents starting Thursday, April 1. Among the rides scheduled to reopen is the world famous 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster. All rides in operation will follow California COVID-19 safety guidelines and all guests will be required to wear a face covering during their visit.  
In order to comply with State mandated capacity limits and other guidelines, the Boardwalk has implemented a variety of rules to ensure compliance while maintaining a fun atmosphere for all visitors. Guests are encouraged to visit for the latest details.  
Boardwalk ride wristbands are available for advance purchase. Purchasing ride wristbands in advance for specific days is highly recommended and will guarantee access to Boardwalk rides. Boardwalk Season Pass holders will also be able to make reservations for specific days. Daily walk-up ride wristband purchases will be available if capacity allows. Guests with MyBoardwalk Cards will be able to use them for a variety of activities including rides. Guests wishing to use MyBoardwalk Cards for rides must register at any Boardwalk ticket booth prior to riding rides. Due to capacity limits, the Boardwalk may limit guest access as needed from time to time.  
“Everyone at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been preparing for this important moment in our unique and storied history,” said Boardwalk spokesperson Kris Reyes. “The thrills will return on April 1 and we look forward to reopening rides to California residents in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all Boardwalk guests and employees.” 
The Boardwalk is currently open daily with free admission for guests to enjoy their favorite Boardwalk foods, shop in their favorite stores and play outdoor Boardwalk games. Boardwalk rides will be open daily April 1 – 11 and then on weekends for the remainder of April. Guest wishing to visit the Boardwalk without riding rides are welcome so long as capacity limits allow.   
“The reopening of Boardwalk rides will be gradual and measured” said Reyes. “Operating hours for rides will change frequently in the weeks ahead so we strongly encourage anyone planning a visit to check prior to their arrival for all the latest information.” 
The Boardwalk Bowl is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Thursday, April 1 provided Santa Cruz County has moved to the Orange Tier. All areas of the Boardwalk and Boardwalk Bowl will be following new health and safety protocols found at All details regarding Boardwalk operating hours, safety protocols, pricing and park operations can be found online at