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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

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Address: 45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone Number: +1 707-937-6122
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OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909, and...

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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Nice family outing

The drive through the closed military base and seeing water on both sides of the road made for a very nice ride. The little museum is interesting and the views (especially on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive through the closed military base and seeing water on both sides of the road made for a very nice ride. The little museum is interesting and the views (especially on a clear day) are wonderful. Being able to go up the steep spiral staircase inside the lighthouse was fun, too!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 2 large houses (3-4 bedroom) available for rent on the grounds. The lighthouse museum is free and dog-friendly. Views are spectacular. Its a half mile walk from the parking lot.

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Vallejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Mendocino and took a self guided walking tour of the light house. It was a nice leisurely walk along the coast to the lighthouse. We enjoyed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by - it's an easy downhill hike to the lighthouse, and the facility is manned by volunteers. The guy on duty while I was there was friendly and informative (I had questions about abalone fishing that day, as well as light house questions). The walk is not steep and although breezy, it was not too cold to walk... More 

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Rohnert Park, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a nice walk we walked the road down and came back through the field path seen a family of deer's. The lighthouse was cool and the volunteer guide at the house was very nice and knowledgeable about whales.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was raining when we went to this site, and it was about .5 mile walk, so we got soaked but it was worth the walk to me. This is a pretty cool site, and the lighthouse it cool! Wasn't too much we could do in the rain, but the inside was full of information to read about the lighthouse.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Very easy hike. 20-30 minutes. Paved. Dog friendly. Very knowledgeable guide pointing out whales migrating. Very friendly woman in the gift shop too!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Maybe a mile or a bit more round trip, an easy and pleasant hike, with a great view once you make it to the lighthouse. Don't miss it if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The light Station is about a one-half mile walk from the parking lot. The ground level is now a museum and souvenir shop. Visitors are not allowed to go above the ground floor, but the docent was very knowledgeable about the operation and history. The views from the grounds are breathtaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My spouse took me here to celebrate a significant birthday. We stayed in one of the small cottages, which was cozy, clean and comfortable. As this is a State Park, it closes at sundown, so we had the grounds to ourselves during the night. Although you cannot go up into the light, it glows beautifully and is one of the... More 

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