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Ferris Wheel and Trabant, 1971

The Evolution of the Ferris Wheel at the Boardwalk

The iconic Ferris wheel is a staple of the amusement park skyline. Its presence conjures the anticipation of reaching the top, where panoramic views await. At the Boardwalk, this ride has a rich history that spans nearly a century. Join me as we journey through the history of the Ferris wheel at the Boardwalk and celebrate the latest addition to this legacy, the Dream Wheel.

Local Collaborations: Celebrating History with Commemorative Brews

Are you over 21, a beer drinker, an IPA aficionado, or an Ale enthusiast? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has established a reputation for more than just fun rides and scenic ocean views. Through a series of notable hoppy collaborations, with local brewers, the Boardwalk has brought custom brews to the beach, offering a unique way to enjoy a sunny day in Santa Cruz.

Giant Dipper 100th – New Merch Exclusive    

The excitement about the 100th Anniversary of the iconic Giant Dipper is building! Help us celebrate with some unique collectible commemorative merch. Get an inside peek into the Boardwalk’s retail team, The Walk store, and the limited edition merchandise available during this monumental season in this exclusive article, written in collaboration with Assistant Retail Manager, Jonathan Rogers.

Giant Dipper then and now

Giant Dipper 100th | Then & Now

This year marks the Giant Dipper’s 100th anniversary! To honor this remarkable milestone, the Boardwalk is hosting a variety of fun events, offering cool promotions, and providing some fresh new merchandise. Join us this season as we celebrate A Century Of Thrills – 100 Years of Unforgettable Twists & Turns!

Boardwalk Midway Games Receive Brass Ring Award!

Its an exciting time at the Boardwalk! On March 3rd, the Boardwalk was publicly recognized at IAAPA (The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) in Las Vegas with the Brass Ring Award for Best Midway Games. This prestigious award is given out once a year to one amusement park, and holds an honor of great esteem that the Boardwalk Games Department has worked hard to achieve. We interviewed a handful of Games Department members to learn more about them and explore the factors that led to this achievement.

Winter at the Boardwalk | A Peek Behind-the-Scenes

You might be wondering, what happens at the Boardwalk during the wintertime? After the holidays, when rides are closed during the week, it may seem like there’s not much going on here. To the untrained eye it may look quiet along the ‘walk, but behind the scenes, there’s much more to the story. 

Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove: Then and Now

As we reflect back on 2023 we are grateful for another wonderful season at the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove. With organizations, companies, and local artists returning to in-person events, the venue once again provided a vibrant hub for unforgettable gatherings. Boardwalk guests may be familiar with the Casino Arcade, but did you know that private and public events have taken place in the beautiful venue spaces upstairs since its grand opening in 1907?

Beverly and Jay 1944 and Beverly 2023

A Dive into History: Water Carnival Performer Beverly Graham Forson

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk stands as an icon of seaside entertainment; history and nostalgia intertwined to create stories that endure the test of time. Recently, Ted Whiting and myself had the extraordinary privilege of sitting down with Beverly Graham Forson, to dive into the captivating tale of her awe-inspiring performance during the famous Plunge Water Carnivals at the Boardwalk back in the 1940s when she was just a child.

Archival Boxes and Boardwalk Panorama

Sharing Our Story

For this month’s blog, with a nod to American Archives month, we would specifically like to highlight the various history resources we provide on-site and online. Take a look and you may just learn something new!

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