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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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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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Really cool little museum

This place is small because it's in a historic building that was here when surfing came to America, in the spot where it did. Great museum, a big group would overwhelm the place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Sunnyvale, California
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Sunnyvale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This place is small because it's in a historic building that was here when surfing came to America, in the spot where it did. Great museum, a big group would overwhelm the place but couples and foursomes work well here. Nice overview of surfing history!

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Dartmouth, MA
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Santa Cruz is all about surfing, so take a few minutes and go to the Surfing Museum. It's all about the history, both of the old lighthouse that houses the museum and all the surfing stuff crammed into the small space inside. The view from the museum is a great one for watching surfers and sea creatures, especially the otters... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The surf Museum is located on West Cliff Drive..right next to one of the best Surf spots in Santa Cruz, this small put informative Museum will give you the low down on surf history, some wonderful memorabilia on display showcaseing Santa Cruz legends where it all began..check with the parks dept for hrs and time that they are open, a... More 

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New York
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

More of a memorial than a museum but some great stories highlighted here--try to find one of the old-timers to tell you his tale--you'll be amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Among the Santa Cruz beauty we easily find this little interesting museum. Admission and parking are free, and in 20 minutes you can appreciate a huge arsenal about the surf history!

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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Nice place to visit and to know about surfing history. It is beside a beautiful lighthouse. You can see lots of people surfing near this place. Very scenic place. You can view seals, sea gulls and other sea creatures resting on nearby small islands. You have a chance of viewing whales also from here.

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Sebastopol, California
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8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Even if you just like to watch surfing, like we do, this is a wonderful place to visit. The historic photos and memorabilia, the lighthouse location right on a cliff overlooking the ocean, even the merchandise is terrific. We always try to stop by at least once a year. Last year there was a surfing competition to really make our... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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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 helpful votes 7 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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