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“A must see for lighthouse enthusiasts”

Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena/Stornetta Public Lands, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales. Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo. With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Los Angeles, California
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968 reviews
327 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 416 helpful votes
“A must see for lighthouse enthusiasts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum is a worthwhile visit. Located off of highway1 it's along the most beautiful and rugged coastline of California. Devils Punchbowl, is located directly in front of the Lightthouse.The Museum s open 7 days a week, and you can climb to the top of the lighthouse, into the Glass top, and out onto the circular observation area just below the top. Spectacular views of the coastline and surrounding 360 degree views.

Located just a few miles from where the San Andreas Fault meets the sea.

This is a simple quick look see at the History of this Lighthouse which also happens to be the closest point of land to the Hawaiian Islands. Tour time total to see the museum and climb the lighthouse can be done in 20 minutes, but you will find yourself unrushed and possibly picnicking at on of the tables along the cliffs.

Worth the time

Visited July 2013
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Hillsborough, California
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107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great Overlook, Nice Presentation of Light House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

This Lighthouse and Museum is a nice spot and good example of California coastal lighthouses. The local community seems to take great pride in this location and it is well preserved and nicely presented. I am not sure why this is not part of the California State Park system but not to worry since the local community and foundation appear to present it well and keep it proud. I would recommend visiting and supporting this location just for that reason alone. This is a beautiful location even for all lighthouses being on the coast and ocean. They have a very nice museum and story plus a great giftshop. The only disappointment was our tour and the lack of any comments or guidance on the tour? I see many good reviews about the knowledgeable staff and guides but we must have missed that person. It could be because it was just after July 4th holiday and I hear they were very busy but I was very disappointed not to get more info on the Lighthouse tour itself. All in all, I would definitely recommend this spot as a great part of history and a spot of beauty and relaxation.

Visited July 2013
Thank Christopher D
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Alameda, California
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205 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“If you have any love of lighthouses ~ this is a must-see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Just the story alone about the first lighthouse being demolished in the 1906 historical earthquake is interesting enough but getting to see the First Order Fresnel Lens and climbing to the top of the lighthouse to see out and get a very good docent-led tour ~ it's totally worth the price of entrance.

Visited June 2013
Thank mackanna
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Perth, Australia
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179 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A unique tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We took the guided tour. It was exciting to be able to climb up the lighthouse. It was interesting to be able to see the old workings of it, the history of the lighthouse an d the shipwrecks that have occurred in the area.
The guide was extremely knowledgable, with many tales to tell.
It was well worth the money and the time that was spent there.
Go explore!

Visited June 2013
Thank Allan C
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Tallahassee, Florida
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Surprisingly unique and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

My husband wanted to stop at every lighthouse along the PCH. This one was very special. Great gift shop, too.

Visited May 2013
Thank Ann V
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