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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
831-420-6289
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Ranked #13 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Watsonville, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Small but interseting little museum with great pictures and artifacts from the past. Bought souvenir t-shirt there and they are good quality.

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Toledo, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Stopped by during our PCH trip. Great place to learn the history of surfing and get a feel for Santa Cruz in the 20s to 60s. Lots of reading and no hands on exhibits so the little ones might not like it.

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Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Surfers and non surfers alike love this little,,,free museum...Learn the history of surfing and understand how it shaped the history of Santa Cruz....worth the time...........

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Livermore, California
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

not a place I need to go to more than once but interesting and neat to see our history ....even the younger grand kids liked it .....ammazed at the long surf boards and photos .....never a bad idea to show the kids how THINGS used to be in the OLDEN days :) actually very cool....

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The location in Santa Cruz is beautiful enough, in a lighthouse with surfers catching waves just off the coast...but the museum is thorough and delightful. Gift shop has everything, it is hard to believe it all fits in that lighthouse. Worth a look and linger to watch the surfers and walk on West Cliff Drive.

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Lincoln,California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great free movie and lots of memorabilia displays. The history of how surfing was brought to California. A must see. Museum is on W. Cliff Drive right on the cliffs.

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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Worth the walk from the boardwalk to check it out. Very small but the views are great and the history is wonderful. Definitely worth the short time it will take you to go through it.

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england
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Visited the museum during a bike ride in santa cruz, I expected a little more on offer. Thought the museum would offer more. The area is renowned for its surfing, and thought the building would be larger than the outlook. Nice to see parts of the history inside regarding the history of Surfing,

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San Luis Obispo, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This small museum is located right beside the lighthouse. I am not a surfer, but left feeling touched by the history of surfing and the stories I read. This is a good place to connect with this sport that is such a part of Santa Cruz.

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