Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego

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Built in 1855, Old Point Loma Lighthouse once helped boats safely navigate San Diego Bay, but now serves as a maritime museum and a lookout point with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The museum details its past watch duties, as well as what life was like for the operator and the families who lived there. You can even meet "Captain Israel," the famous character who worked as lighthouse keeper for 21 years. Stroll the grounds, admire the view, or climb down to the shore below and try your hand at tide pooling. There are many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera. The area is frequented by patches of heavy fog, so check the weather before visiting. Use our San Diego vacation maker to add Old Point Loma Lighthouse and other attractions to your San Diego vacation plans.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Well done to San Diego for keeping this lighthous in great condition. The whole experience was amazing and is well recommended.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The light house was attractive and the surrounding views are spectacular. You can see the great coastline of San Diego.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    The location has ample parking and a small museum, but the most impressive is the view of San Diego from Coronado Island. Worth the visit.
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  • May 3, 2017
    Part of the National Park system. If you're a senior, get your lifetime pass now at $10 before it goes up to $80. A great pass to access so many places! in the national park system (but not all, so read up on the site you plan to visit). Point Loma Lighthouse has so many great views of San Diego, the bay, and the coastline,. Great exhibits of the history of the lighthouse, easy walking paths to explore, you can explore the lighthouse itself. It can get really foggy which it was on the day we visited which all the more validates that it was a well-placed lighthouse.
  • May 1, 2017
    Such a cool historical lighthouse with cosy little rooms for the lighthouse keepers family. The views all around this park were stunning. This would be an excellent spot for a relaxing family day with a picnic lunch.
  • August 24, 2016
    Extremely scenic attraction with an interesting history to boot. The park and light house are definitely worth the drive from San Diego. I recommend walking around a bit and also heading down to the tide pools, even if the tide is in.
  • January 1, 2017
    Pretty cool lighthouse. Great place if you want to hike and enjoy the view.
  • December 30, 2016
    Interesting lighthouse and display of Fresnel lenses. But the real attraction is the views of San Diego and Mexico.

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