Stop by the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Field State Beach to learn how Santa Cruz became the birthplace of surfing on the mainland and how Santa Cruz was named a World Surfing Reserve and more. The location for the museum is a fitting tribute to the sport, as it overlooks the internationally renowned surf break Steamer Lane, allowing visitors to learn about surfing then walk across the lawn and watch surfers shred the waves. The museum has photographs, surfboards, and other interesting artifacts tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. Help support the museum by stopping into the museum shop, specializes in great surfing books and surfing related items. Free parking is available at the museum and public restrooms are nearby.