For a complete immersive experience of the vibrant surfing culture of Santa Cruz, stop by the charming surfing museum in Santa Cruz housed inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse on Lighthouse Point. First opening its doors in June 1986, the surfing museum chronicles the history and culture of surfing, first introduced to Santa Cruz and the continental U.S. by three Hawaiian princes. The museum explores surfing’s origins in Ancient Hawaii and depicts the vibrant Santa Cruz surfing culture throughout the years.
The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum’s exhibits feature surfboards, photographs, and even more fascinating artifacts to showcase Santa Cruz’s rich surfing history spanning over 100 years. Say hello to the museum’s friendly and knowledgeable staff, learn more about surfing’s role in popular culture and treat yourself to charming memorabilia at the gift shop. And don’t miss out on viewing the popular coastal sport in action or even testing out the waves yourself – the museum overlooks the famed surfing hotspot, Steamer Lane.
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, Lighthouse Point
701 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Phone: 831 420-6289
Summer Hours (July 4 - Labor Day): 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed Wednesdays)
After Labor Day Hours: Noon - 4:00 p.m. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)