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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Good for a quick visit

The museum itself won't take long. But it provides a good brief overview of surfing both on the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Edmonton, Canada
Very COOL!

This is a super informative and nostalgic museum. Small, only takes about 20-30 minutes to go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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

The museum itself won't take long. But it provides a good brief overview of surfing both on the local scale and historically on a broader scale. Lots of good visuals and mini-stories. All in a quaint setting in a lighthouse like structure set on a...More

Thank RonB473
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a super informative and nostalgic museum. Small, only takes about 20-30 minutes to go thru. Very cool old photos and boards on display. I also recomend going just outside of museum and view the locals surfing!!!

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well laid out in a cute little light house building. Lots of people taking photos of the surfers in the ocean below, it's great to see.

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely a must do. It isn’t very big so it doesn’t take long to go through. It is a great history of the sport and is nicely done. The location is wonderful. When we were there we saw surfers right outside off the...More

Thank skpetrimoulx
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The museum is inside Santa Cruz Lighthouse; a sturdy little Lighthouse and local icon, not far from the surfer's statue in tribute to all who ride the waves and in memorial to those who rode their last one. It's a small but very worthy museum,...More

Thank sayyestolife
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Any surfer traveling through town should stop off here at least once in their life. There is an interesting map of all local shark attacks which is interesting, though rarely updated.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

While riding bikes along the bike path to Natural Bridges beach we stopped in at the surf museum. Loved reading about the surf history and culture and admiring all the vintage boards and photos. Each photo had a caption with a ton of history about...More

Thank Gina M
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The museum is located in the lighthouse. It is one room and is filled with photos and newspaper clippings arranged by decade going back to the 40s. The location is also great to watch local surfers catch some waves.

Thank Shadmonster
Reviewed 9 August 2018

i've been in here a few times to show people around(friends who haven't seen it) I like the entire area of west cliff anf steamers lane- it's got the best waves usually and is a very popular place to hang out and relax.

Thank WillS1706
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Great information spot on the surfing community. Would help to have someone working there to give information instead of just a cashier who knows nothing about surfing! Nice memorabilia to see!

Thank Hawaiiwahine808
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