Visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in February


Visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in February

Looking to get the most out of your visit to Santa Cruz? Then make sure to stop by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this Feb 23 and 24 for the 38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Taste a variety of local chowders, vote for your favorite and then spend time exploring the iconic Boardwalk. More details about the event, the Boardwalk and a nearby hotel, below.


Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off

You won’t be able to resist chowing down on some homemade clam chowder during the 38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Amateur chefs will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. on Saturday Feb 23 and on Sunday Feb 24, professional chefs will end the cook-off. Teams will compete head-to-head to earn the bragging rights of “Best Clam Chowder” along with various prizes. You can take at a look at last year’s winners here. As one of the country’s largest and longest-running clam chowder cook-offs, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Admission to the Boardwalk is free and Tasting Kits for the event only cost $10 (sold at the event). Each kit includes 6 taste tickets, a spoon, cup and People’s Choice ballot. If you feel like you have an award winning recipe for clam chowder, then join in on the competition and enter your own team here.


What Else is Happening?

While you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to check out all the other fun things happening at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! If you’re traveling with kids in tow, have fun in the Boardwalk’s laser tag arena. Local tip: It was just renovated last month, so February visitors will be the first to see the new-and-improved space. The Boardwalk’s bowling lanes are another family favorite, complete with food and live music. There’s also plenty of shops along the Boardwalk worth checking out before or after you have your fill of chowder. For more details about all things happening at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, visit their official website.


More About the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Open since 1907, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. With the Boardwalk’s vibrant atmosphere, thrilling rides and National Historic Landmarks, it’s no surprise that it’s so popular! Here you’ll find food like deep-fried artichokes and chocolate covered bacon, along with indoor arcades, mini golf and more. Admission is free and ride tickets can be purchased at an affordable price. Boardwalk hours vary throughout the winter season however the park will generally be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting in January.


Hotel Near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Get the most out of your stay in Santa Cruz and book a night or two at the nearby Hotel Solares. Located right near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Hotel Solares’ bright décor and welcoming amenities are perfect for anyone attending the Clam Chowder Cook-Off. The best part? Your furry friends are welcome inside!


The 38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off is nearly a month away! Don’t wait– mark your calendars for Feb 23 and 24, and book your stay at the nearby Hotel Solares.



Hotel Solares
Characterized by its bright yellow and blue hues, this pet-friendly hotel offers the best of Santa Cruz, located within walking distance of the iconic Boardwalk and downtown scene. 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831.458.9660