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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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Great photo op 🎥

But was unfortunately closed so we didn't see the museum. Beautiful building right by the water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Small, but awesome

Heaps of information and history on local surfing, with lots of cool photos from the last 70 years... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

But was unfortunately closed so we didn't see the museum. Beautiful building right by the water. Check the operation hours if interested in seeing the museum.

Thank HotPocket505
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heaps of information and history on local surfing, with lots of cool photos from the last 70 years. A quick stop, but well worth it for surf fans.

Thank unicyclistjoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are going to do the Santa Cruz West Cliff Drive plan to check this sweet museum out. Expect parking to be an issue on the weekends.

Thank FullTiltTraveler
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Awesome place of history, its worth looking for a parking spot to see it. Hang out and watch the surfers at Steamers

Thank Family0007
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Friendly staff member who was willing to answer questions that we had. The visit went great. We even bought a few little things while in the shop. It was great to learn the history, too!

Thank jamie c
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We stopped into the surfing museum while walking along the cliff road and enjoying the gorgeous scenery in Santa Cruz. The displays are somewhat faded, but it did provide some interesting old pictures of the early days of surfing on the California coast.

Thank susieqRockville_MD
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Great stop for tourists to learn a surfing history of this town. It's very small but charming full of old pictures and artifacts. I'd bring kids to teach them about sea world and local surfing history.

Thank L0ve2travle
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the surf, specially in the States and mainly in Santa Cruz. This is a must if...More

Thank ivan g
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We stumbled across this museum. We were here to see the lighthouse and were happily greeted with a surf museum. Fitting and creative way to reuse the space. The info and artifacts were great. Not a surfer, but gained an appreciation for those who are....More

Thank Coreen S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

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
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