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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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For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core...

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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very nice but tiny museum

I finally have the chance to visit this place. You go in and walk in clockwise pattern( follow the painted foot prints on the floor). The museum is so small- almost like human... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Watsonville, California
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Watsonville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally have the chance to visit this place. You go in and walk in clockwise pattern( follow the painted foot prints on the floor). The museum is so small- almost like human bumper cars inside. But, the little place does go through the history of surfing. I am impressed.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little museum has some of the best dispalys of surfing from the early 1900's through the present. I saw how ideal it was for tourist from all over the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got goosebumps reading how Princes from Hawaii introduced surfing to SC in 1885. Then the Duke visited a few decades later. Nice progression of a century+ of rich SC surfing history BUT I got annoyed at the blatant omissions of SC icons. No Anthony Ruffo? Vince Collier? Pete Mel? Only one pic of Kevin Reed, the first surfer to... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The surfing museum is an old light house. And that pretty cool to start with. It is so interesting with old board, pictures and lots of information. Its a must stop when your near this area.

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Sonoma County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is up the hill from the Surfer statue. The museum is very small, but nicely done. It was nice going down memory lane.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

I knew nothing about surfing, so this stop was very interesting to me. There is no entry fee and isn't a long stop. The view point offers a great vantage point for watching surfers. Glad we took 1/2 hour to check it out.

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Sacramento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

It's in the old lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. There is free parking and you'll enjoy a short visit highlighting the surfing history of the area. Surfers below on our visit!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

My aunt was visiting from out of the country so we wanted to show her some local spots. This was my first time in the museum, although I have been to the lighthouse many times. Lots of cool stuff, worth the visit, beautiful location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Nice little surprise while driving the scenic drive in Santa Cruz. A lot of history and a lot of information stuffed into a little lighthouse. Lucky for us, the surf was up during our visit and we were able to witness people of all ages surfing right there before our very eyes! It was kind of awesome!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Santa Cruz is known for surfing and this little place tells the history of surfing in the area. Situated in a local light house the museum has lots of pictures pertaining to, well, surfing in the area. There are other items on display all to do with the sport. Don't expect a large museum here as this is small but... More 

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