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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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Small but AWESOME!

The museum is located inside Abbot Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. It's one room filled to the brim with local surfing memories. Old photos, surfboards, wetsuits and other items... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum is located inside Abbot Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. It's one room filled to the brim with local surfing memories. Old photos, surfboards, wetsuits and other items of interest. Really a great place to stop and see. Plus it's free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

located at Steamer Lane...home to some amazing local surf lore. They change sections each season. Watch the surf just outside the front door!

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Benicia, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is a great little stop during your walk on West Cliff. Interesting facts and history of surfing in the area.

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This is a unique little place on West Cliff Drive that celebrates the history of surfing and pays tribute to a young man named Mark Abbot who lost his young life in a tragic surfing accident. Surfers will love this humble red-bricked place. The history of the sport is told sparingly through photos and text, and is divided up into... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I grew up in Santa Cruz and learned so much! I just love the surging history. I live out of state now and brought 9 yr old daughter there for a visit and she loved the museum. Unfortunately, major paring issues, we almost didn't get to see this great place. Get there first thing in the morning and stay put.... More 

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Jackson, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A small quaint shop that houses photos and boards from the Hawaiian beginnings in Santa Cruz. Very small and the line winds around the exhibit quickly. Take the time to read and see the photos displayed. No fee...just donations to keep it going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The parking area is small though the views are stunning. Great beach for your dogs to run as well. The museum is tiny but is very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I'm not a surfer but this museum was a good way to look into the history of surfing in the area of Santa Cruz. It's only one small room but it's got so,e great tales of the place and is located in a beautiful place.

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Malibu, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Small and funky lil surf museum at light house with killer views of Steamer Lane. It seems kinda self-indulgent... But hey, it's a surf museum! If you surf, go somewhere else---smile! I visit several times a year for a surf getaway. Stay outa the way and respect. Parking can be a challenge. Make sure you pay attention to the signs.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Free museum covers the Santa Cruz surfing scene and history. Located in an old lighthouse on the famous West Cliff Drive. It took us 5 minutes to see the whole thing, it was interesting, but since we were not surfers, it was not really for us. The guy behind the counter was busy talking about waves to another kid so... More 

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