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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
+1 707-937-6122
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Take the Meadow Hike

Walk down the flat and scenic meadow trail to the lighthouse. We saw roaming deer along the way to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MSBak
Classic lighthouse visit

We enjoyed visiting this small, fun lighthouse, with beautiful views of the Mendocino coast. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sfsande
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Provo, Utah
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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 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.
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45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
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"beautiful lighthouse"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Walk down the flat and scenic meadow trail to the lighthouse. We saw roaming deer along the way to a great ocean view. Go early in the morning and you will have the walk to your self...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed visiting this small, fun lighthouse, with beautiful views of the Mendocino coast. The family enjoyed this typical lighthouse.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to watch for whales. Accomodations are good but don't expect cell service out there. Can be very windy here. Sunsets are beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my most favorite OH MY GOD experiences. The day we went in October 2017 there was a double rainbow! Then to find out your can rent the houses made this another favorite places to come back to.

Thank Bruce S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a cute little lighthouse but it is really a gift shop.Not worth going out of your way to see. The view of the beautiful coast line was definitely worth it.If you like nature and the ocean views then do see this.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is magical, there is a small museum in this lighthouse. On the compound of the lighthouse are houses you can rent for vacation, it´s simply beautiful there.

Thank Elle O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse has a museum in it that is interesting. The lighthouse is beautiful as well. In addition to the lighthouse, we saw sea lions on the beach, whales, sea birds, and climbed on rocks; great photos!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun activity. Be prepared for a little walk for the light house is a 1 1/2 miles from the parking area. We took the nature trial in an enjoyed the walk, however we took the paved road back an it was an...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well-kept lighthouse with a unique Fresnel lens. The ½ mile walk down to the lighthouse and then back up to the parking lot is a bit tiring. There is parking next to the lighthouse for those unable to make the walk. Rental...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Park near the highway and walk 1/2 mile down a paved road to the cottages (several vacation rentals available), museum and lighthouse. This road is open for handicap vehicles only. Point Cabrillo is one of the few west coast lighthouses using its original (restored) Fresnel...More

Thank Sue L
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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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