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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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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
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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 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 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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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum is located inside Abbot Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. It's one room filled to the brim with local surfing memories. Old photos, surfboards, wetsuits and other items of interest. Really a great place to stop and see. Plus it's free.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

located at Steamer Lane...home to some amazing local surf lore. They change sections each season. Watch the surf just outside the front door!

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is a great little stop during your walk on West Cliff. Interesting facts and history of surfing in the area.

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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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