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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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Lots to see

We drove up to the lighthouse thinking that would be all to see. They have a small building with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bettina P
Temecula, United States
Hot Tea, Binoculars, and enjoy Whale Watching too!

Our experience was enhanced by the local "Whale Whisperer" slipping up beside us on the cliffs as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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
+1 707-937-6122
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove up to the lighthouse thinking that would be all to see. They have a small building with some items and a very small fish tank - not so great. But you do have a large area to see the cliffs and coastline. Within...More

Thank Bettina P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience was enhanced by the local "Whale Whisperer" slipping up beside us on the cliffs as we searched for whales out in the ocean. He stared out, then pointed out several plums of water and viola, binoculars up to my eyes and I had...More

Thank KateonRoute
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After an invigorating 1/2 mile walk from the lot, we gained the cliff over the beach. The lighthouse is one of the few working lights I've ever seen. In the tiny museum/shop, the young lady there told us all we wanted to know about the...More

Thank Deb K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can either take the trail or the road to get to the lighthouse. It is in a very nice setting on the cliff. The personal inside was friendly and knowledgeable of the history of the site.

Thank WombatBen
Reviewed September 16, 2018

if you have a handicap plate you can drive down to another parking lot by the rental homes. Once again amazing views every where you turn.

Thank jersey5454
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

I have been to a lot of lighthouses and this one actually looks like a house. Very well restored and the regular Fresnel lens is still functional. Grounds have the restored light keepers houses for lodging. There is about a half mile walk from parking...More

Thank Chip144
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Somehow it didn't excite me as much as Point Arena. The restored home museum does give you a sense of living there. There was no guided tour, really just exhibits in the lighthouse. But gotta go and see for yourself.More

Thank Catherine E
Jennifer L, Public Relations Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Glad you got the chance to stop by, Catherine! Unfortunately, because we still have our original priceless Fresnel Lens in working order, we can't offer tours up to the top of the Lighthouse on a daily basis, only eight times a year. We're so glad...More

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

PRO'S: My wife wanted to stop here and I'm glad we did. We spent 90 minutes exploring the park including touring the museum and lighthouse. The volunteer guide at the lighthouse gave a thorough and entertaining history of the place. CON'S: We enjoyed the paved...More

Thank Spurgeon B
Jennifer L, Public Relations Manager at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

So glad you got the chance to stop by and had such a wonderful time! Our volunteer docents are amazing, we are so thankful to have such an awesome team. We hope you will come back and stay in the Lightkeepers homes! It is a...More

Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Pt Cabrillo Lighthouse is located on a cliff and touring the lighthouse and grounds are free. But not many know you can also stay at the lighthouse! There are three 1 room cottages and 2 light keeper cottages for rent. Check it out at Mendocino...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

The mile walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse keeps larger crowds away. beautiful coastline, flat bluff and deep coves make for some nice photographic opportunities

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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
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
Jennifer H
August 4, 2015|
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.