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Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

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#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mendocino County
Lighthouse Tourist Spot
began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Plan to visit Point Cabrillo Light Station during your Mendocino vacation using our convenient Mendocino holiday planner.
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  • Gorgeous spot. A real working lighthouse with beautiful lens and informative visitor center. I asked the volunteer if children/grandchildren come back to visit where their parents were lighthousekeepe...  more »
  • Two options for walking to the lighthouse, two parking lots. First lot when you drive in is paved, overflow area is a short way further on grass (so if you are worried about your car, come early, as t...  more »
  • great point of interest on the coast, free, but donations are welcome, great history of the light house, worth an hour of you time.  more »
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  • Beautiful! This light house was our favorite. They scenery was breathtaking and there was a little cove with baby Harbor seals swimming around. Also there are cute lighthouse keepers cottages that are available for vacation rentals. It would be a relaxing place to stay and very close to Fort Bragg. We'll have to try it sometime. I believe a few times a year they allow people to climb to the top of the lighthouse, but usually it's closed to climbers. We didn't see this as a problem for us, because we set outside at the picnic tables and enjoy the views. Check their website for climbing dates. There is a gift shop and small museum inside the lighthouse. The lady who works there is incredibly friendly. We enjoyed the very small "aquarium" building, which is free to look in. It has a fish tank with a tide pool inside and also whale bones and shells. It was actually really cool. Be advised it's a half mile walk from the upper parking lot to the lighthouse and back. It's an incline on the way back, but for handicapped or those with trouble walking, you can drive much closer. This was good since my mother is in her 70's and definitely wouldn't have made it back up. I would advise bringing a water and snacks if you have kids. There are also picnic tables on the side of the road too.
  • Half mile hike to the lighthouse with restored buildings of the residences of the former lighthouse keepers. One is open for public walk through and the others are short term vacation rentals. The lighthouse itself is a gift shop now. Hike the trails around for experiencing California's coastline.
  • Wonderful grounds to walk. Beautiful lighthouse. You can year the seals (sea lions?) in the near distance. Take a good camera or binoculars.
  • great foggy morning walk... if i return i'll try to book a stay at one of their awesome cottages... i hiked the morning with one of the renters that raved about staying there..
  • Very well maintained. Good historic information. Beautiful surroundings. Well worth the trip!