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Point Pinos Lighthouse

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Address: Asilomar Avenue, Between Ocean View Boulevard and Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 18316485716
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Fri - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast.

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Tiny gem in Pacific Grove

This lighthouse is a gem to photograph, surrounded by cypress, beach, and golf course. It has a small, but informative museum, and a worthy stop along your route.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This lighthouse is a gem to photograph, surrounded by cypress, beach, and golf course. It has a small, but informative museum, and a worthy stop along your route.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This lighthouse has a fascinating history and you can see the lighthouse keeper's logs. Still a working lighthouse. Worth a visit.

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Monroe, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

While we were at the lighthouse, a "greeter" walked around with us giving more history of the lighthouse and while we were in the basement showed us how the original light rotated by winding it up for us. The personal touch added to the visit.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

For a small $ 2 fee, one can take a self guided tour of this quaint lighthouse which is the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast. Kids and adults alike who are into science will probably love viewing and figuring out the lens operation and mechanisms. The rooms are like a gateway into the past , complete with period... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful lighthouse but I wish you could get to it. It's only open 2 days a week and the rest of the time it's locked up like Fort Knox! I had to hike onto the golf course to get shots of it. It's an adorable lighthouse though. Could have been great pictures if I could have gotten onto the property.... More 

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Super charming little spot, nestled on a golf course with deer running wild nearby. Open daily for tours.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Point Pinos Lighthouse is a "must stop" on the Monterey Peninsula for anyone interested in the sea, lighthouses or California history. The self-guided tour gave us insights into the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families and how the lighthouse protected ships along this treacherous and often foggy coast. All the Point Pinos Lighthouse volunteers were very friendly and... More 

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Granbury, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Great place to view the Pacific Coast in Pacific Grove. While not eh largest lighthouse, it does shine bright.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Historical and interesting tour available at appointed times. Interesting for children, youth, and adults.

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Scenic, historical & most interesting. Love the smell of the ocean air! A must if you are into lighthouses. $2 addmission for upkeep. Easy parking & close to Pacific Grove & 17 mile drive is a few minutes away.

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