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Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

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Point Pinos Lighthouse was lit on February 1, 1855, to guide ships on the Pacific Coast of California. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and even the lens is original. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse preceded Point Pinos by eight months, but was replaced in 1909 by the expanding military prison. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is still an active United States Coast Guard aid to navigation. On-site museum exhibits and other lighthouse related functions are operated by the city of Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California. The lighthouse is surrounded by the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links.
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  • We came on a Friday, but unbeknownst to us, it is only open weekends. Actually, we tried a variety of ways to see as much of it as we could and it looked like a cute little lighthouse. We also walked....  more
    We came on a Friday, but unbeknownst to us, it is only open weekends. Actually, we tried a variety of ways to see as much of it as we could and it looked like a cute little lighthouse. We also walked....  more »
  • I'm not a nautical person. The location seems like boats would crash into the land not realizing how far in land it is located. 
    I'm not a nautical person. The location seems like boats would crash into the land not realizing how far in land it is located.  more »
  • Lovely time strolling inside the premises of the point pinos lighthouse, The view is breathtaking. They told us it's the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lens is still the original.....  more
    Lovely time strolling inside the premises of the point pinos lighthouse, The view is breathtaking. They told us it's the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lens is still the original.....  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful lighthouses I’ve ever been to. It’s actually the oldest lighthouse in California, it was previously installed on Alcatraz Island and relocated here. For that fact alone it is worth visiting. We were not able to see inside today due to an event close by but walking around outside was worth it alone. All the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and the scenery literally could not be better. If you’re interested in history, lighthouses, or anything to do with California you need to check this place out.
  • The sign as you approach the gate is very confusing and says $5 will be charged to get in. Luckily I read other Google reviews and people said you only need to pay when you access the lighthouse. You do not need to pay to walk on the grounds inside the fence surrounding the lighthouse. All in all, it was a very beautiful lighthouse and clean grounds with very helpful volunteers.
  • A functional and picturesque light house. A must visit. The museum is closed due to COVID-19, but you can walk around. The docents are very friendly and provide you with good information.
  • Very interesting. Docents were very friendly and knowledgeable. I gave 4 stars because we couldn't go inside because of some referbishment going on. And the gift shop was closed. But because of the repair the lighthouse was only open on weekends 1-3pm - and no charge.
  • The day we went, the Lighthouse was literally only open 2 hours. 1pm-3pm. They charge $5 to go inside, but we didn't think it was worth it for what couldn't have been more than a 10 minute walk through. We got some nice pictures of the outside.

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