It’s maybe a little silly writing this to a readership comprised entirely of grownups, but as I am, also, a grownup and I find this news very exciting, I thought maybe you would too. As of next Monday, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk goes into full summer operation. That means all rides open all day, every day, from now until fall.
If you’ve never been to The Boardwalk before, let me assure you that this is not just a piece of personal childhood nostalgia that I’m trying to pawn off on you; it really is a pretty amazing place. A stretch of rides, games and decadent treats, running alongside the Pacific Ocean should, to begin with, not be such a hard sell. What’s really great about The Boardwalk, though, is that it’s more or less exactly the same as it was when I was a little girl. And I think, actually, that it’s been the same for quite a while longer than that. I mean, sure, there’re one or two new rides. The last time I was there, there was a game where you hit a piece of metal with a mallet, with bigger prizes for harder hits. I think that was new. But there isn’t a Subway sandwich to be found. Nor is there a McDonald’s or a Burger King or anything of that ilk. You can buy t-shirts to commemorate your experience, but the shops that sell them are exactly the same as they’ve always been and do not bear a recognizable name. I don’t understand why The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is so resoundingly old-school, all I know is that it is, and that it feels something like a haven. I highly recommend a visit.