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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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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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Cool little museum with lots of stories!

Nice little museum with great stories and photos of the old days as well as modern times. It's a bit small so can become crowded but they fit a lot of great stuff into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Orange County, CA
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Orange County, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Nice little museum with great stories and photos of the old days as well as modern times. It's a bit small so can become crowded but they fit a lot of great stuff into the limited space they have. Great location too as the views of the coast are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Its donation on entry, within an historic lighthouse and about surfing. what more could you want. Cool photos, cool stories, and great views. highly recommend a visit

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Placerville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz, CA - It may be small but it has lots to offer as does the surrounding area. Lots of history on the sport of surfing and a great area to just hang out. Beautiful views and close to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. A must see on your visit to Santa Cruz for anyone even... More 

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Philly Burbs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We stopped here on our way back to San Francisco. It was an impromptu stop but I am so glad we found this little gem. Lots of great local history about surfing from the 1920s to present, including many photos. There is even a surf board with a shark bite in it! The views from the doorstep of the museum... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a very small museum located on the cliff at one of Santa Cruz's best surfing spots. The museum is full of old photographs and surfing memoralbia including an original redwood longboard used by the first surfers from Hawaii in Santa Cruz. There is also a surfboard with a big shark bite. The museum is free but donations are... More 

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Soquel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A leisure drive along West Cliff Dr. to museum and Steamers Lane for a little surfing or just watching. And if you drive further out West Cliff you will come to Natural Bridges State Park.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very nice little place, with all the memorabilia on surf you like. An iconic place to surfers, as there were many of all ages and conditions.

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Northridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Fun piece of history of the area. Small museum - but well curated display of surfboards & the history of surfing in the area.

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Cupertino, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The history of surfing is great in California, and Santa Cruz is one of its most famous places, especially given that it is the location of O'Neill. However, the surfing museum is really lacking as a destination, and I really hope that the local surfing companies will make a REAL surfing museum happen, complete with videos and chronology of its... More 

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Clovis ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Thankfully we found parking, it was a busy day. Museum is tiny, with some neat photos. Only took about 10 minutes of our time. If you're in the area, stop in...but not worth going out of your way to see.

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