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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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Cute little stop along the Westcliff Drive. This little lighthouse has some sweet old boards, nifty pictures and a great history for free!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ingersoll, Canada
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Ingersoll, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute little stop along the Westcliff Drive. This little lighthouse has some sweet old boards, nifty pictures and a great history for free!

Thank Canadian_KittyCat
White Bear Lake, MN
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Everyone should check out the Surfing Museum to understand the history of surfing. Parking can be challenging so come before noon. The museum opens at 10 am. We noticed the lot fills up with surfers. It takes less than 15 minutes to go through this small building. T-shirts are available. The BEST part is watching the surfers at this location.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is small, but it is packed with surfer history. Take a walk along the coast (wonderful paved hiking trail) and stop in for 5 minutes or an hour. Even if you don't surf, it is a must when visiting Santa Cruz - one of the surfing capitals in CA.

Thank casa1234
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is such a tiny, fun museum that honors the surfing history, brought by Hawaiian men in the 1800's! Sadly, it is only open Thurs. thru Sunday, so hopefully you can plan around the closing days and see this on the weekend.

1 Thank Judybookdoc
Fremont, California
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5,278 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,685 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We returned for a short visit to the surfer's museum. We were there on a beautiful sunny day in February. We were there on a day where lots of surfers were visiting as well.

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Taneyville, Missouri
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

This attraction was nice to visit. There were many items to read and lots of photos to see. There were many different types of surf boards.

Thank misspokey1966
Orangevale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Wandered into this museum while walking on West Cliff Drive. I think it is a converted light house, it has a history of surfing and interesting pictures of surfing through the decades. Only takes a few minutes but was well worth the stop.

Thank NorCal-traveler08
Morton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a converted lighthouse right next to the surfing pipeline. It has old handmade surfboards. It tells the history of surfing in California. I really enjoyed it and it is free. I recomend seeing this.

Thank OldNativeCalifornian
Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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...

1 Thank Reno_AL

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