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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Beautiful lighthouse

The lighthouse is fascinating, we wish we had been able to tour the entire building. Nice walk in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cyndy M
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Visalia
Lots to see and learn

Not only a great lighthouse but restored houses and outbuildings. You really get a sense of what... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
RuNanS
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Pacific Grove, California
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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...more
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45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The lighthouse is fascinating, we wish we had been able to tour the entire building. Nice walk in a great setting!More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting and reviewing, Cyndy! We love sharing our Lighthouse and State Historic Park with visitors. Next time you visit the Mendocino area, plan to come during one of our Lens Tours, when we open up the top floor and welcome visitors to...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Not only a great lighthouse but restored houses and outbuildings. You really get a sense of what life was like for the light keepers and their families. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review! We love sharing the stories of the Lighthouse, and we're so glad you enjoyed your time here at the Point.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here a couple different years. Each time in January and we see whales pretty close to shore. Parking is about 1/2 mile from the lighthouse. If you need a shorter walk, you can drive down to a lower parking lot. There are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the review! We have been seeing a bunch of whales over the past couple days... this season is so great! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful coastline and some very cool local history at the lighthouse museum. Strongly recommend - even in intense wind. The lighthouse optic is particularly pretty. There are restrooms nearby.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed the Light Station and our museum! The wind has been insane lately, but it makes for some gorgeous waves, and we love it! Thank you for the compliment on our Fresnel Lens - it's our original that was first lit in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse has so much history and gorgeous views. My husband and I were there a couple of years ago and we saw whales migrating. This December we walked out during a rainstorm. We we're soaked to the bone but the docents were so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this excellent review! We're so glad the rain didn't scare you away. We have an amazing team of docents (and several heaters, thank goodness), and we love sharing the local history with our visitors. We hope you'll come again soon and stay...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018

Quaint yet stylish,but expensive to stay here,this place is beautiful.we can see the ocean quiet here and seal pups are abundant plus if one is lucky to spot a whale,nothing more to ask for.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Every time we see a whale, we feel so supremely lucky! We've been seeing a bunch over the last couple months, and we're getting excited for the really busy migration season coming soon. Thank you for the review, we hope you'll visit again sometime!

Reviewed December 11, 2018

While staying in Fort Brag we decided to go to Mendocino for the day. The Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park is on the way so we left Fort Bragg early so we could stop and check it out. This was in October and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Next time for sure! We're open from 11am - 4pm, 365 days a year! Hope to see you inside the museum next time. We do have two trails that lead from the parking lot, and one walks past the wreck of the Frolic - the...More

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time visiting. The gentleman working was very informative and helpful. It was quite a walk to get there, so be careful. The views are beautiful and breathtaking. Would love to go back again

Date of experience: December 2016
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Jen L, Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience, Kerry! We love sharing the stories and history of our Mendocino Coast, and we're so glad you had such a wonderful time. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed October 31, 2018

Its a half mile hike from the parking lot to the Lighthouse. We recommend taking the north trail as it is more interesting then walking along the road leading to the lighthouse. You get to see more of the coast and well as wildlife. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

You have to walk about half a mile to this site unless you are disabled or staying at the holiday cottages. Pretty spot with some history attached. Nothing to do. Nice little shop. That's about it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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CaliforniaJan
February 28, 2017|
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Response from Manuel L | Reviewed this property |
It's a long walk but worth it. If one is physically unable to and with a disable placard, I would drive it all the way to the lighthouse parking. Whether there is space or not, the fact is one is legally disable, I'd find a... More
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richardsilvoy
August 12, 2016|
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Response from Lrksprldy | Reviewed this property |
I see the question has been answered. A little more info, there are several trails leading to and from the lighthouse, but ticks are a real problem. Recommend staying on the main road, especially if you have dogs with you... More
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Jennifer H
August 4, 2015|
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Response from PCLK-Association | Property representative |
Yes, pets are welcome on a leash on the grounds, inside the lighthouse, and with overnight guests in the West Cottage.
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