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Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: 831-420-6289
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Activities: Surfing
Description: This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from...
This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which to check out the local surfing culture.
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Incredible Ocean Views

The lighthouse is attached to a small building that houses the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Lighthouse lovers: you can't walk up into the lighthouse itself. You can only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This small museum is located at Steamer Lane, one of the premier surfing spots in Santa Cruz. The great photos, videos and artifacts are definitely worth seeing - this a great place to bring visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The lighthouse is attached to a small building that houses the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Lighthouse lovers: you can't walk up into the lighthouse itself. You can only photograph it from the exterior. It's a smaller lighthouse, but it's in a very prestigious place. Walk to the other side of the building to take in a fantastic ocean vista and... More 

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Sacramento, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is not much to see or to do. Is just a place to get out from the car and relax your legs and take some pictures

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denver, co
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146 reviews 146 reviews
28 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Along West Cliff Drive, the scenery is amazing. This lighthouse along the way, is beautiful. Parking right in front, and beautiful coastal views. This lighthouse is home to a surfing museum, however there was a film crew the day we visited, so we were unable to go inside. From the outside though, there is much to explore, and historical information... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Short walk from Santa Cruz Beach and the wharf. Best place to watch local culture, very friendly people around sharing information about the city, surfers and history. All for free (voluntariness), but they accept tips ;) Great view, cant miss this place while visiting Santa Cruz. Did not visit a lighthouse itself, dont know if it is possible or if... More 

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east greenwich, rhode island
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166 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

On a nice sunny day, this is a lovely place to visit. Beautiful setting overlooking the water (of course). Very tranquil and peaceful and a great place to walk. Easy parking (and it's free).

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Colorado Springs, CO
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21 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was not a 'real' lighthouse and was kind of boring to be truthful. However, it's right by the ocean where you can watch several kids surfing.

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Aptos, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Loved the surf museum. Difficult parking. Great watching the surfing. Nice walking path and beaches that allow dogs.

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Loved the lighthouse and watching the surfers!!! I could be here all day long!!! You can see the Walton Lighthouse too from here!!!

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Sunnyvale, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

The views of the ocean from this place were OK. The museum inside the lighthouse itself is very small and disappointing. The lighthouse is also nothing major to crave about. Few positive points were that the views were OK, there wasn't much traffic and you could see surfers actually practicing their bit. We didn't spend more than 15 minutes at... More 

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