Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Some call it the Coney Island of the West, and that’s an apt comparison — if Coney Island had palm trees, balmy breezes and a setting on Monterey Bay. The half-mile-long Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk dates to 1907; its 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster and 1911 Looff Carousel are National Historic Landmarks. More modern attractions include mini-golf, laser tag, pinball and bowling, as well as plenty of eateries and, of course, the beach. The nearby Municipal Wharf has more restaurants, shops and fishing.