The Plunge

The Plunge (HM16NN)

Location: Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Santa Cruz County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 57.855', W 122° 1.157'

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Neptune's Kingdom

Less than a year after fire destroyed the original Casino and Plunge, construction began on new buildings to include an indoor natatorium. The original ceiling arches can be seen today. The main pool measured 144 feet by 64 feet and featured a 40-foot slide. It was one of the largest heated, salt water swimming pools on the West coast. The pool's two tanks, with a combined capacity of 408,000 gallons, were replenished daily from the Pacific Ocean. The chilly water was heated from a breathtaking fifty degrees to a comfortable eighty-three degrees.

Today, the Plunge building houses Neptune's Kingdom Amusement Center which sports a pirate-themed miniature golf course as the centerpiece of a modern entertainment complex. The two-story course, with talking pirates, booming cannons, and a rumbling volcano is the only miniature golf course in Santa Cruz County.

Upstairs a Historium showcases Boardwalk history with a display of photographs that capture major highlights of past eras. A game deck offers pool, air hockey, ping-pong, video games, and a snack bar.

The Water Carnival
Thirty thousand people witnessed the Plunge Water Carnival performances each summer. This was the home of the world record-holding Underwater Natators (human submarines), flying trapeze artists, fire divers, Stratosphere Plungers, water ballets, and Slide for Life daredevils.
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HM NumberHM16NN
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Placed BySanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 12:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 587302 N 4091355
Decimal Degrees36.96425000, -122.01928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 57.855', W 122° 1.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 57' 51.30" N, 122° 1' 9.42" W
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Area Code(s)408, 831, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz CA 95060, US
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