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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Address: West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-420-6289
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for...
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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If you want to learn about Santa Cruz Surfing History, well what are you waiting for!

The first museum in California dedicated to only surfing history, Yes, Cathy and I have five Santa Cruz Surfboard Manufactures on display, Santa Cruz where surfing first took... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The first museum in California dedicated to only surfing history, Yes, Cathy and I have five Santa Cruz Surfboard Manufactures on display, Santa Cruz where surfing first took place in California! Many great souvenir items available to remember your visit, next to the world famous "Steamer Lane"

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Aiken, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great place to watch the surfers, beautiful ocean views! Museum was closed when we were there. Plenty of free parking. Nice place to stop.

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Hollister, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The museum is tiny but huge in the amount of surfing and local knowledge . Parking is easy, if your driving by, I recommend stopping in and learning something new. The volunteer was an old time surfer with good stories.

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum is located inside Abbot Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. It's one room filled to the brim with local surfing memories. Old photos, surfboards, wetsuits and other items of interest. Really a great place to stop and see. Plus it's free.

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W-Nut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

located at Steamer Lane...home to some amazing local surf lore. They change sections each season. Watch the surf just outside the front door!

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Benicia, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is a great little stop during your walk on West Cliff. Interesting facts and history of surfing in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is a unique little place on West Cliff Drive that celebrates the history of surfing and pays tribute to a young man named Mark Abbot who lost his young life in a tragic surfing accident. Surfers will love this humble red-bricked place. The history of the sport is told sparingly through photos and text, and is divided up into... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I grew up in Santa Cruz and learned so much! I just love the surging history. I live out of state now and brought 9 yr old daughter there for a visit and she loved the museum. Unfortunately, major paring issues, we almost didn't get to see this great place. Get there first thing in the morning and stay put.... More 

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Jackson, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A small quaint shop that houses photos and boards from the Hawaiian beginnings in Santa Cruz. Very small and the line winds around the exhibit quickly. Take the time to read and see the photos displayed. No fee...just donations to keep it going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The parking area is small though the views are stunning. Great beach for your dogs to run as well. The museum is tiny but is very interesting.

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