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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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Scenic stop

The museum is located in a scenic lighthouse - built in the late 1960s as a memorial to a local... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LightFighter
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Lafayette, California
OK for a quick visit.

This is a very small museum but worth a look if your in the area. There is no charge, but they do... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Mary B
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California
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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
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“steamer lane” (15 reviews)
“surf city” (8 reviews)
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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
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+1 831-420-6289
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"steamer lane"
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"surf city"
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"west cliff drive"
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"early days"
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"surf boards"
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"small lighthouse"
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"interesting pictures"
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"love lighthouses"
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"accept donations"
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"cool stuff"
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"on display"
in 6 reviews
"steamers"
in 4 reviews
"huntington beach"
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"light house"
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"great history"
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"great place to learn"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located in a scenic lighthouse - built in the late 1960s as a memorial to a local surfer. Hours are very limited so time your visit accordingly - though the location on a bluff just outside of the city is very scenic...More

Thank LightFighter
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a very small museum but worth a look if your in the area. There is no charge, but they do accept donations. We looked at the memorabilia but didn't find it to be anything exceptional. I must admit I'm not a museum person,...More

1  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Okay, so this is a must-see museum. And here you will get a flavor of one of the two cities claiming to be Surf City. Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz have both vied for this title. HB has its status at the foot its pier...More

Thank RonCentralCA
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Visit here regularly... whenever I'm walking on West Cliff Dr. Great location with very interesting information and memorabilia.

Thank CBeattie14
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This museum is tiny, basic and without frills of any kind. But required viewing for visitors wanting to understand what makes Santa Cruz tick. Besides, it’s right on a beautiful cliff above one of the world’s pre-eminent Surf breaks. On a decent day you can...More

Thank Jkwusa
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

When in town, this place is great to go and peep in. Sadly no coffee which would be nice on winter months in CA. Yet, the view is phenomenal and the walks are great, watch the surfer and go to the beach down below (dog...More

Thank KaroGraphix
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Listed on Tripadvisor as two separate attractions, but the surfing Museum and Lighthouse are the same thing, with lighthouse history being explained inside the same building that is filled with surf memorabilia.

Thank JohnInItaly
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

My husband is a former surfer and he loved this museum! He enjoyed the articles, photos, old boards, and films that were on display. I did not surf, but I enjoyed it as well. Although it is small, it is cozy and being in the...More

Thank Rkimberlie
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a small museum which was a lighthouse - that has great memorabilia of the history of surfing - from the introduction of surfing from Hawaii to California - many original surfboards and great photos. Outstanding views of the bay and fun to watch...More

Thank Shirlee R
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Surfing museum was nice as was the working lighthouse but the views were incredible. We were able to find sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and lots of surfers. Great picture spot.

Thank Maiya L
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