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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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Fun little visit

Friendly staff member who was willing to answer questions that we had. The visit went great. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jamie c
Orangevale, California
Charming little museum in a scenic spot

We stopped into the surfing museum while walking along the cliff road and enjoying the gorgeous... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rockville, MD
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For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum tells their stories through photographs, surfboards and other related items.
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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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Reviewed yesterday

Friendly staff member who was willing to answer questions that we had. The visit went great. We even bought a few little things while in the shop. It was great to learn the history, too!

Thank jamie c
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped into the surfing museum while walking along the cliff road and enjoying the gorgeous scenery in Santa Cruz. The displays are somewhat faded, but it did provide some interesting old pictures of the early days of surfing on the California coast.

Thank susieqRockville_MD
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great stop for tourists to learn a surfing history of this town. It's very small but charming full of old pictures and artifacts. I'd bring kids to teach them about sea world and local surfing history.

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the surf, specially in the States and mainly in Santa Cruz. This is a must if...More

Thank ivan g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled across this museum. We were here to see the lighthouse and were happily greeted with a surf museum. Fitting and creative way to reuse the space. The info and artifacts were great. Not a surfer, but gained an appreciation for those who are....More

Thank Coreen S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great pictures and information about the history of surfing in Santa Cruz. It is small and a bit cramped, but still a must-see if you are walking the West Cliff path.

Thank jeff573
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Unique Surfing Museum located inside the Lighthouse on the point. Beautiful park with stellar views. Lots of local info on surfing in the area. Usually see surfers in the water below dodging seals & otters

Thank Christopher W
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I love lighthouses, and this one houses a surfing museum. Unique! We especially liked the tribute to Duke, whom we learned about while in Hawaii.

Thank Becky H
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

This is on the scenic drive. It is closed on mon tues and wed so plan accordingly. You can still read some of the plaques outside that talk about surfing and wildlife. The surfers were out in full force and were fun to watch.

Thank Tcard2013
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

The museum is small though contains interesting information on how surfing evolved straight from the 1960s. The walk upto the museum is all the way over a seaside cliff and you can see surfers in the waters below. You can also view the famed steamer...More

Thank Anant G
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