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Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

Address: 45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
Phone Number: 707-882-2777
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Whale watching
Owner description: It's worth the flight up 146 steps to see the Fresnel lens, which makes a small kerosene flame...
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Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Whale watching
Owner 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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Lake View Terrace, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We visited the museum several times during our three-day stay in the head keeper's quarters. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits, buildings, and scenery. Not as agile as we had been, my wife and I were concerned about the effort in climbing the steps to the top of the lighthouse. We waited to be last in the group to start the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Well-kept lighthouse at the edge of the north coast in California. The docent was a wealth of knowledge and really interesting to talk to one-on-one. The view from the "cat walk" was amazing, and one of the few lighthouses we've been to on the Pacific Coast where you can go outside when you're at the top. The original Fresnel lens... More 

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Fremont, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Interesting Class 1 Fresnal lens on display. You can walk up 146 steps to the top and get a spectacular view.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is is the closest point in the lower 48 states to Hawaii. What a wonderful view and excellent tour of the lighthouse. If you want a nice experience, you can even book lodging in one of it's cabins. And yes the Lighthouse is situated on the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was a nice little museum; they have a good little shop where you can buy gifts and things to remember your visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

If you have the time this is a beautiful drive on hwy 1 1hrs from mendocino. Another beAutiful attraction just keep in mind this place closes early,3:30.

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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Best place to stay while on Highway 1. Nothing beats it. If I could post the pictures. Such as amazing place.

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I really liked the history of the lighthouse, the staff were very informative. There are places to walk around and you can walk up to the top for an even better view.

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Palo Alto, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

You have to go visit the " closest place to the Hawaiian Islands". Great trip for students of optics and light houses. The walk up to the top of the lighthouse is not for the faint of breath. There are over 140 steps to the top, but the view from the top is worth it.

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Dublin, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's worth paying the minor fee to go onto the property and see the lighthouse and visit the museum. The knowledgeable and friendly docent at the top of the lighthouse made it worth the 145 steps it took to reach the top. Amazing view from the top too! Museum is small but take time to watch the documentary about the... More 

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