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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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For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core...

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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Stop in if you can while walking along West Cliff Drive.

This is a small charming museum on a lovely walk inside a historic lighthouse in Santa Cruz. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it, but it's fun to stop in during a walk along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MaryfromCA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small charming museum on a lovely walk inside a historic lighthouse in Santa Cruz. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it, but it's fun to stop in during a walk along the bluff. Interesting history and info of Santa Cruz surfing. Bring some small bills to make a contribution--I'm pretty sure no admission is... More 

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Thank MaryfromCA
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in the area drop in and spend a few minutes learning about the history of surfing and it's impact on the area. 100% Santa Cruz!

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Ione
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We've been to this museum many times over the years, but always return, when it's open, to see the history of surfing in and around Santa Cruz. A lot of surfing history on display in a wonderful setting.

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Winters, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Go left as you enter and look at the history of surfing. Good board display. small gift desk with helpful docent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

This tiny museum packs a lot of information about the history of surfing and how surfing came to California. The numerous surfing photographs, including some over 100 years old, provide a wonderful way to visualize surfing through the decades.

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

yeah, okay, they have some surf boards and pictures. Included is the story about how surfing came to the area. That's all great and will take 5 minutes to peruse. However, this spot is right smack in the heartbeat of Santa Cruz's west side surf breaks! Grab a tea, some snacks, etc before you make the dirve up West Cliff.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

A great place off West Cliff Drive to stop and enjoy Pacific Ocean views and watch surfers catch their waves. There is a moving memorial of surfers who have died near one of the cement staircases down where the surfers enter the sea from the rocky shore. A nice stopping point.

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Peoria, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

My husband and I visited this museum and we were surprised by all the different donated items that were there. The history of surfing is amazing and so very different then I thought.

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Thank Mary K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is a small but informative museum located in the lighthouse at Steamers Lane. It shows the history of surfing with photos, items and even a shark bitten board. Once you go through the museum which is good for all ages and abilities. You will learn about the local history and rich background Santa Cruz has on the surfing world.... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

When you're in the birthplace of surfing it's a treat to see it's history. This is the cutest, smallest museum you can imagine with photos and boards from the beginning displayed by decade. Walk along Cliff Drive and there it is. Stand outside along the cliff and watch the surfers and an occasional sea otter.

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