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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 34 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The location in Santa Cruz is beautiful enough, in a lighthouse with surfers catching waves just off the coast...but the museum is thorough and delightful. Gift shop has everything, it is hard to believe it all fits in that lighthouse. Worth a look and linger to watch the surfers and walk on West Cliff Drive.

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Lincoln,California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great free movie and lots of memorabilia displays. The history of how surfing was brought to California. A must see. Museum is on W. Cliff Drive right on the cliffs.

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Sacramento, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Worth the walk from the boardwalk to check it out. Very small but the views are great and the history is wonderful. Definitely worth the short time it will take you to go through it.

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england
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41 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Visited the museum during a bike ride in santa cruz, I expected a little more on offer. Thought the museum would offer more. The area is renowned for its surfing, and thought the building would be larger than the outlook. Nice to see parts of the history inside regarding the history of Surfing,

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San Luis Obispo, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This small museum is located right beside the lighthouse. I am not a surfer, but left feeling touched by the history of surfing and the stories I read. This is a good place to connect with this sport that is such a part of Santa Cruz.

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Brooklyn, New York
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I love lighthouses, so I was definitely attracted to the spot. It overlooks the ocean along a lovely stretch of beach. The museum is very tiny with photos and info on the surfing history of Santa Cruz. Did I mention it is also free? Bought a great baseball cap to remind me of fun times in Santa Cruz.

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The Bay Area, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

this is a well preserved little lighthouse with an impressive collection of surfboards and photos telling a story of surfing on the West coast.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The museum was located off of West Cliff Drive. It contained old-fashioned wooden surfboards which were interesting to look at. There were also many interesting pictures of surfers from decades ago. It only takes about 10 minutes to see everything.

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La Selva Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Thought is very small place it has lot of historical pictures, articles, boards. Very educational. And outside, just 30 feet away you can watch a real surfers!!!

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east greenwich, rhode island
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233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Small but interesting museum in the old lighthouse. Lovely view of the water and the surfers. Hardly ever open but if it is open, go visit. If nothing else, it's peaceful, tranquil, has beautiful views, and is a great walk. Just remember, it's cooler than in Santa Cruz proper. And as an extra added value, watch the surfers!

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