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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

hiked in on a dirt path - missed the paved trail start when we parked in the lot. Great history there - we enjoyed it.

Thank Lois D
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

we when there about 5 years ago with the kids when they were younger and had a great time stop to see the lighthouse before we headed to bodega Bay

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The old Fresnel light was beautiful, the hike out to it was very nice, beautiful ocean, nice exercise. The lighthouse had a wonderful lady in it who gave my dog a bone and told us a lot of history. A nice morning!

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

amazing experience. This light house and setting is truly a gift from the past for all future generations to see and learn. The nearly half mile walk from parking lot to the Light houses and historical housing is really rare experience let alone the amazing view from this property. Thanks to those donating their time, Craftsmanship and dollars in support of the Light house

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Reviewed June 29, 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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