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“Great surfing history and displays” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
831-420-6289
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Ranked #17 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Specialty Museums
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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.
Scotts Valley, California
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“Great surfing history and displays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The museum is located at Lighthouse Point, in what used to be a functioning lighthouse. The photos and historical information are really interesting, and the displays of surfboard styles over the years are well super. The hours are limited, 12-4, closed on Tues and Wed, so beware. It is free, but donations are welcome.

Visited June 2012
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Washington, DC
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“Informative Museum Overlooking Surfer Haven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is housed in a small lighthouse on W. Cliff Drive overlooking surfers at play. Though a one room collection, the curator has compiled a comprehensive collection of the sport's history by utilizing the space very well. Donations are accepted, and a small gift concession by the door purveys surf-themed items. A bottle opener surfboard keychain makes a unique gift. Visit the museum during a bike ride along the mostly flat drive along the ocean.

Visited September 2012
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Battle Ground, Washington
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“great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Older museum with a lot of history. It was nice to see how surfing changed over the years. The musuem needs donations, don't forget to donate.

Visited August 2012
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West Sacramento, CA
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“Beautiful Lighthouse and view of ocean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I liked the grounds surrounding the Lighthouse, the view, and the small museum. Great place to take pictures of family and scenic views. Great place to watch the surfers too.

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Adorable & educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The Surfing Museum is squeezed into one of the cutest little lighthouses I've ever seen. And it has more information squeezed into its exhibits than I ever expected! Excellent old photos, flyers, posters, ephemera from the surfing-scenes for each decade-- going back to the days of tree-sized boards & woollen swimwear-- really brought things to life. You could see the scene evolve from decade to decade. Also, I had no idea there were so *many* women involved in history of surfing from its earliest days onward, because they didn't get written into history, especially the earlier ones.... I learned about them here at the Surfing Museum! A wonderful eye-opener.

A visit to the Surfing Museum makes a perfect after-lunch activity being a leisurely stroll from the beach/ Boardwalk area. It's not far, and the scenic beauty of West Cliff Drive makes the walk a pleasure in itself.

Visited July 2012
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