With Monterey behind us, we headed up the coast toward our next destination, San Fransisco! But how could we miss the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? I LOVED the movie Lost Boys, so there was NO way I was missing this!
I'm glad we made a stop here. After doing Disney I was pretty played out on amusements, but I was interested in the history of the boardwalk which was opened in 1907. Todd and Luke spent most of the time in the giant arcade building while my parents, Eve, and I went exploring.
The Looff Carousel (1911) was a thing of beauty. I didn't realize it until after we had already chosen our horses, but there's a reason why everyone rushed to the outer ones. As you ride, it's an added challenge to pull a brass ring out of a wooden dispenser that extends from the outside wall to just within reach of riders fingertips. Once you've grabbed the ring, you have to immediately toss it into a giant clowns mouth with a satisfying TING! We made the connection that this is where the saying "Reaching for the Brass Ring" came from. Travel teaches you things people!
The beach area was nice and spacious considering what a busy place Santa Cruz is. I think it would be easy to spend a day between swimming, sunning, eating carnival food, playing games and enjoying the rides. I didn't quite get my fill of antique carnival memorabilia (I would unexpectedly discover that elsewhere a couple days later) but found that the boardwalk still had loads of charm. For those who love variety while road-tripping, I'd suggest a stop at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk!
Eve does too!