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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 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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La Selva Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Not always open when it's supposed to be. Only takes 10 minutes to go round, but still worth the visit. Plus you can watch the surfers on Steamer point while waiting for it to open.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Sweet little museum given that the space is so small. But limited in the coverage of local surfers, considering the many who started surfing there and continue to surf all over the world. Not just the contest winners. Glad we went though.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum at Steamer Lane is staffed by friends of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club who have surfed Santa Cruz waves since the 1930s. Hours of operation between July 4 and Labor Day: Wednesday-Monday, 10AM to 5 PM. Open Thursday through Monday, noon to 4 p.m. the rest of the year

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Santa Cruz, California
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15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This museum is a great place to stop in and learn about the history of surfing in Santa Cruz and California. The museum, housed in a brick lighthouse, is steps away from the Steamer Lane overlook, where you can watch (mostly) locals surfing the break. The overlook also has a great view of the Boardwalk and of Monterey Bay in... More

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Groveland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

What a great lil piece of history.... loved it. All the old pictures and surfboards were cool. It was a beautiful day and everyone was friendly and smiling :)

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The museum is housed in the old lighthouse located at Lighthouse Point Park which overlooks Monterrey Bay & Seal Rock. The museum is small but includes a number of vintage surfboards, photographs & information about the early days (1930's - 1950's) of California surfing & the locals who made it happen. You can see the whole thing in about fifteen... More

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Malibu, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The surf museum is on the cliff above Steamer Lane; famous surf spot for advanced surfers, (read locals); near the lighthouse and worth a visit. You can also view Sea Lions and Sea Otters, possibly Dolphins and Humpback whales from the cliff.

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Liberty, Missouri
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We checked out this tiny museum in a lighthouse before heading to the dog beach. My g-children enjoyed looking at the displays and I did too. In fact, they were so taken with the surfboards, I bought them surf board key rings on the spot. Lovely location and great view of the Pacific.

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