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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Cool little piece of surf history in this surf town-worth a visit!

While riding bikes along the bike path to Natural Bridges beach we stopped in at the surf museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gina M
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Great history lesson

The museum is located in the lighthouse. It is one room and is filled with photos and newspaper... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
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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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 28 July 2018

enjoyed a quick trip through the museum. Obviously a labour of love of surfing and surfers. We stopped in while walking along West Cliff Drive. Great spot to watch some surfing as well.

Reviewed 27 July 2018

Small, nice museum. Shares local surfing history. Best part was hearing an old surfer telling tales (I guess he was in his 70s-80s).

Thank Chloris B
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is a tiny little museum packed with great information & photos. I wonder if it is the world's smallest? It could be but this place will have you in the know lickety-split! Their selection of surf history & memorabilia is excellent. It is a...More

Thank Baidra M
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Locals and tourists alike will enjoy this glimpse into Santa Cruz's surfing past--the orliginal surf club members, and photos of some of our local champs.

Thank Kekerica
Reviewed 1 June 2018

A nice but small museum on some of the early history. Fairly informative with a great collection of surfing artifacts. Even some of the information and stories I had not heard.

Thank patterd7
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Come here to watch the waves and the surfers. This is a fun Santa Cruz place. There's a beach dogpark nearby. There are often performers from musicians to hula hoopers, bubble makers, jugglers and just that awesome Santa Cruz unique vibe.

Thank Libi K
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