Central Coast Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks on the California Central Coast include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Gilroy Gardens and Boomers. Some concentrate on thrill rides, while others are more of a theme park. A few seaside boardwalk parks still exist where the rides are at water's edge or on a pier stretching out over the Pacific Ocean. Many of California's them also feature water parks. Below we've listed all that can be found along the Central Coast.

Central Coast

View of Santa Cruz Boardwalk from pier

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located off Highway 1 in Santa Cruz. This is a classic boardwalk and possibly the oldest one in continual use in California. Attractions include the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, a 1911 carousel, arcades, shopping and entertainment.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Gilroy Gardens is located off Highway 152 just a short distance east of Highway 101 in Gilroy. Bonfante is combination gardens and theme park with rides suited for young children. Theme park rides include the Timber Twister Roller Coaster, Splash & Squirt, Redwood Junction Railroad, Tubs-O-Fun and more. The gardens are intermingled throughout the park and include a topiary garden of conifers, colorful of topiaries and annuals that can be viewed on the Rainbow Garden Boat Ride, tropical gardens and more. One of the most interesting aspects of the park is the Tree Circus consisting of several uniquely, if not strangely, grafted trees that form baskets, arches and many other shapes that were in the imagination of Axel Erlandson back in the 1920's.

Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Highway
Gilroy, California 95020
(408) 840-7100

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Boomers is located off Highway 101 at the Broadway exit. This small-scale amusement park features an arcade, mini-golf, go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, a rock wall, thrill rides and more. On-site café serves up favorites like pizza, burgers, hot dogs and salads.

Boomers! Santa Maria
2250 N. Preisker Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 928-4942

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