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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

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Address: 45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9736
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909, and...

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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A beautiful spot to watch whales or waves. It was cold and windy, which it's supposed to be, so be smart and prepared. It is delicate land, always fighting erosion. I don't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful spot to watch whales or waves. It was cold and windy, which it's supposed to be, so be smart and prepared. It is delicate land, always fighting erosion. I don't understand people who think the rules don't apply to them but please, stay behind the fences. The land needs time. A great historical treasure.

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Felton, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a fairly long walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot. The lighthouse has a nice gift shop and many old homes on the grounds. Also has a small museum. The homes can be rented for a vacation stay. Very kid friendly. A very nice visit. Note that it can be very windy.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best outing was a visit to the Botanical Garden just north of Mendocino. Even in Winter a special place. A short walk brings you to the bluff overlooking the pounding surf.

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse is a great place to photograph. There are cabins and the ligh tkeepers house for rent on site. If you are handicapped the handicapped parking is right next to the lighthouse and saves a 1/2 mile walk

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings and view are stunning and we were lucky to see migrating grey whale spouts. The lighthouse has a little shop, wooden boat models, a six pound cannon, and placards describing the history.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place, really magical. Cottage is quaint and old-fashioned, in a good way. Dog-friendly, which is awesome. Everything needed for brief stay; lack of kitchen might annoy if staying longer. Big vintage bathroom. Lighthouse is beautiful, especially the rare light fitting that looks like a crystal ball hanging in the dark sky at night. Beam of light circling around adds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the walk to this very scenic special place. We lucked out and got to see many whales the area too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun, helpful and educational experience. This place is delightfully "haunted" by a warm but lonely spirit. Well worth the stop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A gentle downhill trek brings you to this lighthouse. If you have nothing better to do it is worth a trip and it is a nice walk

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is one of the lighthouses along the California coast. It's not impressive in its height, but the lens is still operating and it's quite pretty. There's a half mile walk on a paved road out to the lighthouse that's very flat and, although not that scenic, it's easy. The displays with the local history are interesting.

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