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Point Pinos Lighthouse

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Address: 80 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2015
Phone Number: 18316485716
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Fri - Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast.

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Quaint and delightful

Not far from Monterey or Asilomar State Beach. The lighthouse is a beautiful, accessible New England style house which still functions as a lighthouse. It's a beautiful, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jason P
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not far from Monterey or Asilomar State Beach. The lighthouse is a beautiful, accessible New England style house which still functions as a lighthouse. It's a beautiful, and brief, stop if you're in the area.

Thank Jason P
Austin, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the oldest lighthouses on the west coast that is still in operation. It is very quaint and worth a stop - especially if you are staying in Pacific Grove - you can probably walk over for a quick visit.

Thank sebenz
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking for the lighthouse seems to be behind it (on the non-ocean facing side) and it is only open 1-4. Can't get that closed when it's not open.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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 

Thank Queen J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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.

Thank doris s
St. Johns, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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 

Thank Jason H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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 July 9, 2016 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.

Thank Carolyn M
San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

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.

Thank csarchibald
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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.

Thank Paul N

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