We love trains. I think part of it is from my Dad. Another part is that they are fun. Before we left California we ventured down to the coast and hopped onto the Roaring Camp Railroad. This trip was taken in April of 2014.
This is the entrance to Roaring Camp. Not sure why the post is there in the middle of the road but never let a photo opportunity go to waste.
Roaring Camp is more than just a railroad. There is a small village with gift shop, café, etc. They also hold large barbeques for groups.
The train itself has both inside cars and the open-air car shown here. We had good weather so it was a no-brainer for us to enjoy the sunshine while traveling the forest.
The views on this train ride are hard to beat. Having traveled about an hour from Silicon Valley, this was a nice way to visit nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
To get to the Boardwalk the train actually travels through the streets of Santa Cruz for several blocks. It is a bit surreal to go from the forest to the city streets to the beach within a few minutes.
The destination is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It literally stops on the boardwalk.
Within a short time you travel from the big city to the forest in the mountains to the beach. What a wonderful trip.
First on the “to do” list for my wife Jan is to put her feet in the ocean. I like standing back and taking the picture.
Of course the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a variety of rides for all ages. There are thrill rides, kiddie rides, miniature golf, arcades, shops, faire food, and more. One of the best features is that there is no admission charge. You can roam the Boardwalk freely.
After a few hours at the beach the train returns you back to Roaring Camp through the woods again.
After our train ride we stopped at the nearby Mystery Spot. We did not go in because the wait was a few hours long. If you want to go here I suggest getting here earlier than we did (late afternoon).
This was a great day. We got the best of nature on this trip – the woods, the city, the beach, and the Boardwalk. Can’t wait to do it again. We recommend any and all of this for couples or families.
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For more about Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk here is their link: