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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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Surf Museum

Great little museum with lots of really neat vintage surfboards inside, although I don't surf, it was really interesting to see all the old pictures and surfboards. Beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Culver City, California
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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great little museum with lots of really neat vintage surfboards inside, although I don't surf, it was really interesting to see all the old pictures and surfboards. Beautiful views outside. Free parking and entry.

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Twain Harte
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Hours listed on several site and their own web page are not accurate. Never open so far when I have been there. It is a shame. Beautiful place to start out for a hike along the coast.

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Grover Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Santa Cruz is where surfing got started in California. It is a fun destination. Even if you do not surf, this is a fun place to go.

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Sunnyvale, California
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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Address: West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-420-6289
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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