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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

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Address: 45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone Number: +1 707-937-6122
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909...
OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909, and extensively restored, it is one of the most complete Lightstations in the U.S. and hosts visitors, vacation rentals, receptions and weddings, plus education programs for classes of local students. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse with its public restroom. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. There is parking for vehicles with Disabled placards at the bottom of the hill. There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. The Light Station includes the Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens. -- Three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first is a period museum of a lightkeeper's house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes, -- The restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium, -- Two lovely vacation rental cottages, and public restrooms, one by the lightkeepers houses and another in the Kearn farmhouse. THERE IS NO FEE to tour the Lighthouse museum/giftshop or the period museum lightkeeper's house, although your donations are welcome. The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round, including holidays. The State Historic Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
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A great view on top of a remarkable place.

We wanted to see a great sunset, to went by the lighthouse, not realizing just how wonderful it would be. The attraction was closed, cause we went after hours, but we could see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Metairie, Louisiana
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Metairie, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We wanted to see a great sunset, to went by the lighthouse, not realizing just how wonderful it would be. The attraction was closed, cause we went after hours, but we could see how well it is kept up. You can just imagine the ships and boats using this wonderful lighthouse to identify their location. Hoping to return, but in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We visited on a beautiful day and enjoyed the exhibits. We were excited to see whales right off the coast migrating. Give yourself plenty of time for the walk to and from the parking lot. There is a historic home, an exhibit on sea life with hands on for the kids. The history exhibit in the lighthouse was very well... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

History and beauty mingle at the end of this point of land. A pleasant walk to the end of the peninsular is rewarded by a nice museum in the base of the still operating lighthouse. Be sure to visit one of the light keepers houses closer to the parking lot that is also available for viewing.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We loved it so nice renovated and the exhibitions are very informative. Definitely a place to see when you are in the Mendocino area

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

It is a half mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot (downhill to the lighthouse, uphill back to the lot), although if you have handicapped parking, you can drive down to within a couple hundred feet of the lighthouse. There is a fee to go into the lighthouse, and we could not go to the top. There is... More 

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Thanks, Torte_Sue, for your four-star review of Point Cabrillo. While there is a donation box, there is no fee to enter the Lighthouse museum / gift shop. Artifacts of an 1850 shipwreck of the Frolic, which ran aground at the northern edge of the 290+ acre preserve, can be found in the Lighthouse. There is also a period museum in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The lighthouse is restored and operational. The houses and grounds are actually rentable for the night or weddings. Great ocean views! It's a .5 mile easy stroll from the parking lot unless you have a handicap then just drive out. This is a very pretty setting with lots of areas to watch the sea life or squirrels

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Well displayed information in visitor's center. People working there know "their stuff." Lovely walk from parking lot to lighthouse.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

It's a nice walk (1/2 mi) from the parking lot to the lighthouse on a paved trail. There are signs along the way offering questions about whales. This makes the hike interactive. Definitely drop in at the acquarium (on the right as you approach the lighthouse) and enjoy the photos and exhibits, as well as the fish. The docent was... More 

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Hermanus, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

To go back in time and realize that this light house have saved lives by deterring ships from being wrecked on this rugged shoreline is a surreal emotion. Beautifully maintained to grant visitors a glimse of what lighthouses are all about! And then you can step right back into time visiting the 1930's house and to top it all.... the... More 

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Fortuna, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Bring a lunch and take a walk. The bathrooms were clean and the area was too. A bit of a walk to the ocean, it's graveled to keep down the dust. Easy parking

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