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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Address: West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
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+1 831-420-6289
12:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 16:00

For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core...

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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Surf's Up Here in Santa Cruz

This a quaint place that is a lighthouse and a museum. This is an interesting brick structure and there are tributes to surfing inside and out as well as along the water which is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
Larkspur, Colorado
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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This a quaint place that is a lighthouse and a museum. This is an interesting brick structure and there are tributes to surfing inside and out as well as along the water which is where this place is located. Fun times celebrating the cool surfing culture of Santa Cruz. All around the lighthouse/Surfer's Museum you will see locals surfing.

Thank Oceandweller7
Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is more of a drive by and take a look kind of place. Don't build your itinerary around it. It is about the size of a gift shop (and that includes the gift shop that is in there). Cool stuff, but kind of eh...

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Drove a cross Steamer Lane to view the surfing in the area, pop into the museum, nice details about the history of the surfing in the area. The whole area is very nice for a walk and watching the surfers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went to the museum on a really stormy wet day and it is great. It's free and there is local free parking too. There's loads of information about surfing in Santa Cruz throughout the 20th Century focussed on the local surfing. It has inspired me to visit my local surfing museum in the UK which is only a couple... More 

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Iconic surfing area. Great fun to watch all ages surfing and ripping it up on the ocean. Fun for photography.

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is a maust see for trips to Santa Cruz. Located on the point, the views are incredible, the information is unique to the area where surfing was first brought to the mainland (on redwood surfboards!). Beaches to on side, surfing on the other, this point is a park.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Small museum, but worth a quick visit if you have time. Serves as a good reminder of how powerful and unforgiving the ocean can be. It was interesting to see the photos of the first people who surfed (and brought surfing) to the area from Hawaii. I love the lighthouse that it is located in. Neat building.

Thank BRosswog
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Finally stopped into the museum after visiting and living here for years. It was quite a little gem, not to mention the grounds are perfect viewing for surfers and sea life. The museum is quite small, but with great articles and boards (of course), it's worth the time to stop in. The staff is also quite nice and willing to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a small, but interesting museum and a cool place to visit if you're in the area. The best part is that it sits right above the iconic Steamer Lane, which is a must do for surfers or a cool place to watch if you don't.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This museum is pretty small, but: you'll find so much information about the beginning of surfing in Santa Cruz. The setting is perfect right above the No. 1 spot of watching the local surfers on Steamer Lane in the old Lighthouse. Many original display items and pictures of the old days. No entry fee, but donations are welcome.

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