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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Ranked #11 of 82 things to do in Santa Cruz
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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.
Groveland, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loved this place”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 :)

Visited June 2013
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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Surfer or not, interesting museum”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 minutes.

Also be sure to wander along the fenced cliff face to spot seals & otters on the rocks & in the water.

Visited September 2013
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Malibu, California, United States
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618 reviews
282 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Nice spot and you can view Steamer Lane”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2013
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Liberty, Missouri
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226 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great starting point”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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San Jose, California
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435 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Worth Stopping and Seeing - Located at Surfers Point”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Small interesting museum that contains the history of surfing .... if you were born in the 50's then this is a must see, to get an idea of where the surf music of the early 60's came from, will take you back in time a bit. Also good education on the early days of surfing and the advancements
over time. The admission is free (leave a donation) so can;t beat that, and depending on when you visit, might also get to watch some of the surfers down in the water. Overall a nice little museum, with interesting history and overview of the evolution of surfing.

Visited April 2013
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