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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Address: West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-420-6289
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Ranked #13 of 31 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I'm not a surfer but this museum was a good way to look into the history of surfing in the area of Santa Cruz. It's only one small room but it's got so,e great tales of the place and is located in a beautiful place.

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Malibu, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Small and funky lil surf museum at light house with killer views of Steamer Lane. It seems kinda self-indulgent... But hey, it's a surf museum! If you surf, go somewhere else---smile! I visit several times a year for a surf getaway. Stay outa the way and respect. Parking can be a challenge. Make sure you pay attention to the signs.

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Portland, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Free museum covers the Santa Cruz surfing scene and history. Located in an old lighthouse on the famous West Cliff Drive. It took us 5 minutes to see the whole thing, it was interesting, but since we were not surfers, it was not really for us. The guy behind the counter was busy talking about waves to another kid so... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Don't let the size fool you. This is a great little museum dedicated to the surfer. Then step outside and watch the surfers. What could be better! Cool t-shirts too!

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a very small but fun surfer museum. Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach are the two cities in California that compete for the number 1 position as the "Surfing City" for California. The museum is by a popular surfing area of Santa Cruz.

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is Mecca for surfers and those who love to watch. It is filled with the historical items that became surfing: original wetsuits, wooden longboards, great old photos. The location is a surfing show like no other.

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