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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino, CA 95460
+1 707-937-6122
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Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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“Classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Bit of a walk to the lighthouse but worth the effort. Beautifully restored with Informative staff and a small museum. A caretaker's house is also restored with authentic furnishings. Very informative and educational.

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“ONE OF MY FAVORITES”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I went to this lighthouse at sunrise one morning. From where you park you walk on the trail about a half-mile to the lighthouse and surrounding buildings. Awesome location. Lighthouse is open for tours during the middle of the day, as is one of the former lighthouse keeper's homes.

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Visited June 2013
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“Nice little lighthouse”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We had a nice little walk out to this lighthouse. The Whale facts along the way were quite interesting and fun to challenge one another with. We found the answers to the fun facts on a type wrttten sheet of paper on the side of a shelf in the whale room housed in the small building to the right before you get to the lighthouse. It would be great if there was a display of these answers either on the wall of the whale room or on a review stand outside of this small building. I'll bet a local boy scout could do this as an Eagle Scout project. The Point was very pretty and the lighthouse was nice. If we had been there as the sun was going down I might have rated it and the experience there differently. Next time we'll try it later toward night fall.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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“Beautiful & Serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

My husband and I accidentally took the nature trail path to the lighthouse. It took much longer, but was amazing. We saw 4 deer, and one wasn't scared of us at all; it kept eating while we walked w/in 10 feet of it. We also saw some sea lions, and TONS of wild flowers. The lighthouse itself was really neat too. There's a small museum in the bottom. There's also a museum in one of the care taker's houses. Another house is available for vacation rental! The man working in the museum shop was extremely nice and helpful. On the walk back to the car, we took the "normal" route, which had educational signs & questions for kids. It was a great little side trip!

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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I used to live in Little River but never visited this lighthouse. A great experience. If you are disabled they let you drive to the lighthouse (1/2) mile away. Be sure to have the blue card.

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