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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 #15 of 29 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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321 reviews 321 reviews
67 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Montreal, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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