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Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

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4.4/5 based on 260 reviews on the web
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  • The lighthouse is still in operation! Volunteers did a great job of explaining the history and what still happens at the light house today. Also, a beautiful ocean view and a great view of the Pacific...  read more »
  • This was one of the most fascinating lighthouses I have ever visited. It was equipped with furniture from the times, walked up spiral stairway to multiple levels, including the favorite spot (then and...  read more »
  • The lighthouse is nicely restored with the lens in place and a few original artifacts. there is a very interesting docent on hand and a nice gift shop. 
  • Great little piece of history with a little museum in a beautiful location. Can't go wrong. Free entry but donation encouraged. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer docents.
  • Visited Point Pinos Lighthouse during our stay in Pacific Grove/Monterey for our 27th wedding anniversary. Absolutely picturesque setting of the coastline, golf course, Cypress trees and the ocean. Lighthouse is lovingly maintained by volunteers. Docents were very happy to share historical accounts about the lighthouse. Toured the quaint, adorable rooms which entailed a narrow spiral staircase leading up to an area where you can look up and see into the lighthouses light tower.
  • Monterey is always a joy to visit. With the cool temperatures, the ocean breezes, the friendly people, the aquarium, and so much more, I found the lighthouse to be a wonderful inspiration. Having been in continuous operation since 1855, it is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast, and the docents will repeat this factoid several times, for anyone who will listen. The lighthouse is open for tours in the afternoons from 1 to 4. The volunteers seem to love their jobs. Situated on the tip of the Monterey peninsula between two fairways, back from the coast a couple hundred yards is a small house with a giant light on the steeple, or whatever you call the part with the big rotating light. The history of the types of light sources, the notes of the keepers, the reports of the issues during the war, make this a very informative stop. Whether you are being self guided or docent toured, there is so much on the wall and in the story to make this an eye opening adventure. I really enjoyed my stop and it takes some time to read the wall postings. I also enjoyed sitting on the second floor and just watching the waves crashing on the rocks, and speculating about watching for ships over the decades. This well preserved site give a glimpse into an era, or even a group of eras unknown or never contemplated by most. For any history buff it is a must. For the curious it is a Pandora's box and for everyone it is a great view.
  • Located on a beautiful setting. Interesting museum. Worth a visit while in Monterey.
  • AWESOME experience! I am so glad we had the privilege of visiting the lighthouse. Got a groupon deal for The Lighthouse Inn (wonderful stay btw), and made a last minute decision to check out the lighthouse. I highly recommend it. I'm grateful for the gracious volunteers that make it possible to visit for such an inexpensive rate.
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