Time Traveling to a Coastal Playground in Santa Cruz, California
This nostalgic beachfront playground in the sleepy oasis of Santa Cruz comes to life with carnival colors and enticing whiffs of corn dogs, garlic fries, and caramel apples. Its 85-year-old, white-and-cherry red Giant Dipper rollercoaster dominates the landscape, while the classic Looff Carousel, built in 1911, spins to the sounds of a rare antique organ. Riders flail their arms as they drop down a water chute on the Logger's Revenge in the distance. Kids lick powdered sugar from a funnel cake off their fingers. Riding the Sky Glider above the Boardwalk—and dangling your feet—is particularly fun. This place is old school—it photographs like a true California dream—and even when crowded, the aerial view is calming. Nearby taquerias, funky motels, and a mix of city folk, daytripping families, UCSC students, and Middle America creates an eclectic vibe. If you've never visited, you haven't experienced the quirky coastal culture of the Bay’s most laid-back town.
- Angie Rivas Fantastic shot- love the color.