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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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Address: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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Worth a visit (I wish the tower had been open)

This is a very good place to visit. Park in the Visitor Center lot. One can get some scenic photos of the lighthouse and quarters from within 100 meters, and the view from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a very good place to visit. Park in the Visitor Center lot. One can get some scenic photos of the lighthouse and quarters from within 100 meters, and the view from the lighthouse is pretty cool (as expected). Expect to spend 15-20 minutes checking out the exhibits and taking photos, more if the tower is open (closed when... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Take the drive to go all the way to the light house. You will see great real estate on the way, and the historical military cemeteries are not to be missed. The point has great views and you could spend many hours at the water just looking at the views.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great views and some interesting history. It's a short walk up the hill from the Point Loma visitor center. You can climb part way up the lighthouse. At the base and next door there are exhibits on the history of this lighthouse and on the science of light projection.

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful scenery, fresh ocean air. Bring a sack lunch and just enjoy the moment. I was briefly interrupted by a gaggle of teenage boy, but they quickly turned to their cell phones and ignored their surroundings.

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Ogden, UT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I was really surprised by all the rooms on the way up into the lighthouse. I guess whole families lived there. I'd always imagined just a lone man taking care of the lighthouse. There were about 3 bedrooms I think and a vegetable garden out back for the family. They had removed the huge lens and put it in a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Just absorbed the atmosphere and loved the lighthouse and the natural wildness of the surroundings. Worth a visit...

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I live on the Eastern seaboard and this West Coast lighthouse is as good an example of a working lighthouse system as any I have ever been to. Especially interesting is the cistern and rain catching equipment at the site that allowed the lighthouse manager to live there with his family quite independently.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Awesome view. Great place to just sit back and watch the world, and ships, go by. Happened to be there one time when the Star of India sailed out. Cool!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Its a Federal Park, small fee, but well worth it. The lighthouse is an interesting piece of history with breathtaking views. One can hike a vigorous steep trail down to the water's edge, or simply stroll around cabrillo's monument and take in amazing city views. Finish your visit with a drive down to the tide poles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Old Pt Loma Lighthouse is located in Cabrillo National Monument. There is an entrance fee into Cabrillo National Monument and you can go see the lighthouse. It opens only twice a year to climb to the top but, there still is much to see. It is a well preserved lighthouse and is a must see when visiting San Diego

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