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Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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+1 831-420-6289
12:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 16:00

This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which...

This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which to check out the local surfing culture.

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Came for the monarchs!

We stopped here because we were told that the monarchs came here during their migration. Normally they are at natural bridges, but they came here because of the rain. We walked... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2016
Elizabeth P
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Reedsport, Oregon
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Loved the lighthouse. Has some great old photos of surfers that I really liked. I purchased two of the VW bug cars with the surfboards on top. Really cute.

Thank Linda G
Raymore, Missouri
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The Lighthouse wasn't as big as I expected, and you can't go up inside it. A surfing museum is inside, but it was closed on the day we were there. The point is a very nice, comfortable area to walk around, good walkways, good parking and great views of the bay, & surfers. We enjoyed it.

Thank Kona W
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133 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped here because we were told that the monarchs came here during their migration. Normally they are at natural bridges, but they came here because of the rain. We walked through the little woods area and saw thousands of butterflies in the trees! They cover the branches and look like pretty orange clusters. We stood and watched for a... More 

Thank Elizabeth P
Larkspur, Colorado
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457 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

This was the first brick lighthouse that I have seen and really enjoyed it. The twisted cypress trees on the outside added to its character. I was thrilled to see all of the surfing activity in the vicinity and it was a cool Santa Cruz vibe. It was great to see the locals below and the crabs go in and... More 

Thank Oceandweller7
Victoria, Canada
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121 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

After a day of driving and enjoying the coast, coming back to Santa Cruz, we decided to continue on past our hotel and see surfing above the beach area. We watched them,meanwhile seeing an old lighthouse. It was convertd into a Surfer Museum! Original surfer equipment displayed made me realize how much the sport has changed!

Thank Kerrista
Roseville, California
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The coast in this area is really beautiful. We were pleased to find parking and walking trails. We hope to return.

Thank Anne G
San Marcos, California
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543 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Being a Lighthouse nut, I found this one interesting, but it is not one of the historic lighthouses. It has a really interesting use in that it is a Surfing Museum. Small Museum but lots of history about surfing in the area.

Thank csarchibald
San Diego, California
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141 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

A nice stop on the West Cliff circuit. Even the kids enjoyed looking at the old surf memorabilia. We took some great pictures and then spent some time watching all the surfers below.

Thank yolofam4
Santa Cruz, California
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

A must stop for any tourist interested in Santa Cruz Surf History. Not a very large museum with limited hours, but it has some great photos and surfboards on display. And, the location is a great place to see some surfers, provided the surf is up, and experience the diversified Santa Cruz culture. From here you can walk along West... More 

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Vacaville, California
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

I have had many years of enjoying this pretty lighthouse. This was the first time I seen it light up the sky. Very wonderful.

Thank Tara H

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