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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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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

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

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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Redwood Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Toured the light house, grounds and even got to climb to the top and view the lens up close. Very cool!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

When I read these reviews, it amazes me how someone can say it's a "flat hike". Just because it's not a strenuous hike, does NOT make it FLAT. It's not flat, and when you start walking, you will see that right away. And you can turn around and leave. It's simple to see that you have long way to walk,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Dropped in on our way to Mendocino. The Lighthouse and grounds are free, and it is a half mile walk down to the Lighthouse itself. Beautiful place and a great vantage point to watch for whales.

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Fallon, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I think if you visit the coast you need to see a light house. Point Cabrillo has an interesting shop/museum at the base of the light house. It was very interesting to read about a ship wreck near the lighthouse, and the history of the families that stayed there. It helped me to imagine the old days and growing up... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had found this just as a side note while driving the coast. Pulled into the parking lot and were told it was only a short walk...turned out to be a round trip of over 3 miles and the only way to get down there. This was a light station only...no lighthouse. Disappointing to say the least.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Easy flat walk and hiking. Sweet gift shop with a very informative guide. Hands on biology center, perfect for little children. Former housing for the lighthouse crew now converted to cottages looked very quaint.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It's a nice little lighthouse, with a lot of good information in the combination gift shop/museum. On the way down, you are going downhill, past blackberry bushes, pine trees, redwoods, eucalyptus and there are little signs with facts about grey whales. Unfortunately, on the way back, it's 1/2 mile UPHILL all the way . . . If you are disabled,... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Who isn't fascinated by lighthouses? At the parking area, there's a restroom and map. The walk down to the lighthouse is about a half mile. Its on a beautiful location and there's a small gift show in the lighthouse. There are a number of educational displays and artifacts that help bring life to the lighthouse. There are also some period... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Ok what can I tell you about it....Cute little light house and a walking trail around the whole area. Its a walk from the parking lot but the views are really good and its a great photo spot. We were here on our anniversary weekend and they had the lighthouse tour open with the light area open. They only do... More 

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