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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Address: West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
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+1 831-420-6289
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 16:00
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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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Caution: closed Mon, Tues, Wed.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Taneyville, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction was nice to visit. There were many items to read and lots of photos to see. There were many different types of surf boards.

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Orangevale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wandered into this museum while walking on West Cliff Drive. I think it is a converted light house, it has a history of surfing and interesting pictures of surfing through the decades. Only takes a few minutes but was well worth the stop.

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a converted lighthouse right next to the surfing pipeline. It has old handmade surfboards. It tells the history of surfing in California. I really enjoyed it and it is free. I recomend seeing this.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This a quaint place that is a lighthouse and a museum. This is an interesting brick structure and there are tributes to surfing inside and out as well as along the water which is where this place is located. Fun times celebrating the cool surfing culture of Santa Cruz. All around the lighthouse/Surfer's Museum you will see locals surfing.

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is more of a drive by and take a look kind of place. Don't build your itinerary around it. It is about the size of a gift shop (and that includes the gift shop that is in there). Cool stuff, but kind of eh...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Drove a cross Steamer Lane to view the surfing in the area, pop into the museum, nice details about the history of the surfing in the area. The whole area is very nice for a walk and watching the surfers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We went to the museum on a really stormy wet day and it is great. It's free and there is local free parking too. There's loads of information about surfing in Santa Cruz throughout the 20th Century focussed on the local surfing. It has inspired me to visit my local surfing museum in the UK which is only a couple... More 

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Iconic surfing area. Great fun to watch all ages surfing and ripping it up on the ocean. Fun for photography.

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