Part of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Natatorium, or the "Plunge", was a pool filled with salt water that was pumped in from the Monterey Bay, then heated for bathing comfort. In addition to public bathing, the "Water Carnival" was held in the Natatorium, and it featured entertainment like Ruth Kahl the human submarine, olympic swimmer and well known surfer, Duke Kahanamoku, fire dives, and swimming team races and exhibitions. It operated from 1907-1963, until it was replaced with a miniature golf course. After the remodel, some structural features of the old pool were still visible on the outer edges of the mini-golf course. When the original course was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake the whole area was remodeled into Neptune's Kingdom and a new miniature golf course was added.

Historic Walking Tour sign about The Plunge and The Water Carnival

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