Santa Cruz Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a kitschy playground by the sea, conjures many memories — not just because I’ve visited it over the past 35 years, but because the past is well preserved here. The iconic red Giant Dipper roller coaster — which opened in 1924 — and the 1911 Looff Carousel both call the boardwalk their home.

Canon G11, 2010.

Published by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Senior editor and story wrangler, and Longreads. Not to be fed after midnight.

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