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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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Iconic to surfers!

Very nice little place, with all the memorabilia on surf you like. An iconic place to surfers, as there were many of all ages and conditions.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice little place, with all the memorabilia on surf you like. An iconic place to surfers, as there were many of all ages and conditions.

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Northridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Fun piece of history of the area. Small museum - but well curated display of surfboards & the history of surfing in the area.

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Cupertino, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The history of surfing is great in California, and Santa Cruz is one of its most famous places, especially given that it is the location of O'Neill. However, the surfing museum is really lacking as a destination, and I really hope that the local surfing companies will make a REAL surfing museum happen, complete with videos and chronology of its... More 

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Clovis ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Thankfully we found parking, it was a busy day. Museum is tiny, with some neat photos. Only took about 10 minutes of our time. If you're in the area, stop in...but not worth going out of your way to see.

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We liked the surf museum. Just like Santa Cruz, not pretentious or over done...just a little room with some cool stuff in it. It only takes a few minutes to read everything and worth it when stopping off at the lighthouse to hang out.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I loved this lighthouse turned surfing museum! There is a lot of history and information in this little place. The only drawback is that when the one person working takes a break, it's closed. I waited over an hour for someone to come back and open it up.

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

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

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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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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