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Point Pinos Lighthouse

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Address: 80 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 18316485716
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Fri - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast.

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Great stop for an hour

This lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast, and is conveniently located near the scenic coastal drive and the 17-mile drive in Pacific Grove. It's a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Fresno
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Fresno
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast, and is conveniently located near the scenic coastal drive and the 17-mile drive in Pacific Grove. It's a small lighthouse, manned by a volunteer on each floor to explain the history of it. The self-guided tour is free, but a donation of $3+ is encouraged. It's worth more than... More 

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goleta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place for a lovely morning or evening stroll! Surrounded by a beautiful golf course and very special cemetery, wonderful walkways that take you our to gorgeous vistas of the coast line.

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St. Johns, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived just as the lighthouse was opening for visitors (check the days and hours of operation before driving out there). The Lighthouse is well restored and still working. There are many nice exhibits to view and read. The staff on site are very knowledgeable and love to share information about the lighthouse and area. There is no admission charge,... More 

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Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised to find this little museum to be pretty interesting - but then, I love history. I thought I was only going to see a lighthouse, but the tour also has displays of artifacts from the lives of the people who were the caretakers. The lighthouse also played an important, strategic part in WWII. It is free. but... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse was a well organized and educational experience. We went on Saturday ( open 1-4) and each floor (3) had volunteers to explain what you were seeing! It was meticulously set up. A beautiful light house worth seeing.

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the oldest continuously operating lighthouses in California. The docents at the lighthouse spent time to explain how the lens worked, how the fog horn worked and about the life of the lighthouse keepers. A wonderful experience for our eight year old Granddaughter.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nicely restored lighthouse that is still in operation. You can also learn about the woman that ran the lighthouse in the early 1900s, which is unusual. Volunteer staff was very friendly. As if June 2016 the fee was $2.

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Seabeck, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Point Pinos Lighthouse with our 5 year old granddaughter. The volunteers were great in helping explain everything to her. And she was enchanted with the fact that the "house" part of the lighthouse was fully furnished with period furnishings and accessories that made it seem like a home and not just a museum. The... More 

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Vinhedo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

A very interesting place to visit, especially if you can have the lady that takes care of the place showing you around and explaining how it worked (and still works). She knows a lot about the California lighthouses!

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Susanville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This was a neat little place to visit with the kids. The volunteers there are very knowledgeable about the lighthouse's history and gave wonderful additional info. I wouldn't recommend taking kids under 4-5, as most displays you cannot touch and the spiral stairs are a little tricky and steep for little walkers. Overall a very nice visit for very little... More 

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