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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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A lot of surfing history packed into a small lighthouse

Great pictures and information about the history of surfing in Santa Cruz. It is small and a bit... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orange County, California
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Unique Surfing Museum located inside the Lighthouse on the point. Beautiful park with stellar... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christopher W
Sun City, California, United States
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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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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great pictures and information about the history of surfing in Santa Cruz. It is small and a bit cramped, but still a must-see if you are walking the West Cliff path.

Thank jeff573
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique Surfing Museum located inside the Lighthouse on the point. Beautiful park with stellar views. Lots of local info on surfing in the area. Usually see surfers in the water below dodging seals & otters

Thank Christopher W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love lighthouses, and this one houses a surfing museum. Unique! We especially liked the tribute to Duke, whom we learned about while in Hawaii.

Thank Becky H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is on the scenic drive. It is closed on mon tues and wed so plan accordingly. You can still read some of the plaques outside that talk about surfing and wildlife. The surfers were out in full force and were fun to watch.

Thank Tcard2013
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

The museum is small though contains interesting information on how surfing evolved straight from the 1960s. The walk upto the museum is all the way over a seaside cliff and you can see surfers in the waters below. You can also view the famed steamer...More

Thank Anant G
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Cute little stop along the Westcliff Drive. This little lighthouse has some sweet old boards, nifty pictures and a great history for free!

Thank Canadian_KittyCat
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Everyone should check out the Surfing Museum to understand the history of surfing. Parking can be challenging so come before noon. The museum opens at 10 am. We noticed the lot fills up with surfers. It takes less than 15 minutes to go through this...More

Thank clw492013
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is small, but it is packed with surfer history. Take a walk along the coast (wonderful paved hiking trail) and stop in for 5 minutes or an hour. Even if you don't surf, it is a must when visiting Santa...More

Thank casa1234
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is such a tiny, fun museum that honors the surfing history, brought by Hawaiian men in the 1800's! Sadly, it is only open Thurs. thru Sunday, so hopefully you can plan around the closing days and see this on the weekend.

1  Thank Judybookdoc
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We returned for a short visit to the surfer's museum. We were there on a beautiful sunny day in February. We were there on a day where lots of surfers were visiting as well.

Thank mini
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