Located along the coast of Santa Cruz, California, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest surviving amusement park in the entire state of California. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was founded back in 1907, and has been operated by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company since 1915. It was only a hundred years later, in the year 2007, when the ownership of the park was transferred to Charles Canfield. Today, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the two remaining seaside parks that can be found in the West Coast, and is a breathtaking reminder of what was considered to be amusement in an era gone by. It is no wonder, then, that the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been declared as a California State Historical Landmark.
Although the park had been able to keep up the demands of what many people are now looking for in an amusement park, very little has changed. Visitors to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are still able to enjoy the very same attractions that were made available back when the amusement park was opened more than a hundred years ago. One beautiful example of this is the Looff Carousel. The carousel was constructed back in 1894 and remains in operation to this day. The 342 pipe organ that is built into the carousel is still there and functioning. In fact, the Looff Carousel has been now declared as a National Historical Landmark.
There are a number of different attractions that can be found in the park to cater to those, seeking for more modern attractions. There are numerous video arcades and even a laser tag arena that line the boardwalk.