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Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
707-882-2777
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Activities: Whale watching
Description: It's worth the flight up 146 steps to see the Fresnel lens, which makes a small kerosene flame visible from twenty miles offshore.
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Cameron Park, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A nice half-mile walk to the lighthouse is good start. Tidbits of whale trivia along the trail. You'll see fog rolling and bring a sweater. It's cold in the morning! Watch for mountain lions because they do use the trail, too. The lighthouse is very nice. I took lots of pictures, especially with the fog in the background. You can't... More

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Penrose, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We always like to visit lighthouses and the Point Arena lighthouse is a must see. The beautiful rocky coast where the lighthouse is located is enhanced by the lighthouse. The design of the lighthouse is simply yet beautiful.

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Upstate New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Went to the top of the lighthouse for the views but ended up getting a great history lesson. Don't miss it

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Mendocino. We caught the last tour of the lighthouse. It's a bit annoying that the lighthouse keeper kepts rushing me along because he wanted to close it down and go home. I share the same sentiment as the other reviewer that the fee is a bit steep at $7 per adult. The kid... More

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Dallas, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Maybe if we were more into lighthouses? It was a 30 minute drive from our rental house, and they charged quite a bit ($7.50/adult) to go to the top. If you just wanted the museum (which was one room with placards) that was still $5. We ended up not paying for any of it and just walking through the gift... More

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pnjaban
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a fun gem for visitors and a great spot for whale watching in season. The original iron stairs are not difficult to climb to reach a stunning view of the coast. I live nearby and never tire of showing off this hidden gem to visitors, young and old alike.

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Eugene, Or
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122 reviews 122 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Climbing up to the top and viewing the ocean and surrounding area was marvelous. Also seeing the lighthouse lens in the museum was amazing - what an incredible invention that was.

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Sun Lakes Az
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Views are spectacular, but if you want elegant accommodations this is NOT the place to stay. The website pictures seem to imply a luxury cabin's. Ours was NOT. Our dining room chairs were stained and there were a few holes in the carpet. The dresser in our bedroom was broken. We had to take a drawer out all together... More

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Cardiff
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288 reviews 288 reviews
137 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Fabulous day trip to the fascinating site with gr8 views and 30 degrees cooler than the triple digit temps along Hwy 101. Allow extra time for the drive along Hwy 128 which was very curvy to start and again on the turn-off from Boonville to the lighthouse. The fee is $7.50 for adults/seniors and $1 for kids and was worth... More

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Healdsburg, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The lighthouse and museum had been on our "to do" list for some time. It did not disappoint. The day we attended was "free day" to go up the 140+ stairs in the lighthouse (with a docent). The museum staff was knowledgable and pleasant.

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