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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  • This area is especially suited for people who can walk easily on steep trails and paths. However, the view from just the light house and the overlooks it well worth the drive and these areas are easil...  more »
  • Situated near the end of Point Loma peninsula, west and south of the San Diego airport, is a fairly long drive from most tourist sites. It's worth a visit both for the history and views. Further, on t...  more »
  • This lighthouse is very unique in that it is in Cabrillo state park. It sits atop the bluff that overlooks San Diego harbor. The house itself is open accept for the top floor. It is a small home that ...  more »
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  • Old lighthouse which can be visited, beware some areas of the lighthouse are not always opened to the public. It also has a small exhibit of lighthouse objects and a description of the life in the lighthouse. Great view of the ocean, if course. If you are able to, and the day you go is opened to the public, visit the WWII bunker nearby, it is amazing.
  • I thought it was a great experience! Beautiful place and so many things to see. I loved learning how the lighthouse was set up, and seeling how they lived over a 100 years ago and all these little things they used. I thought it was very neat. I had a great time!
  • The most beautiful scenic views of the entire area: can see south to Mexico and the entirety of downtown, but they don't compare to the beauty westward, especially during whale migration season. Easily in the top 10 most beautiful places in the world that are overlooked. Love to hike here (watch out for snakes! ) and sit and watch the ships come in.
  • This place is so beautiful and filled with history. Highly recommend everyone visit.
  • It was great experience. Take your time atleat 2 hours. If with child take some kind of winter proffing with you for them. It's mostly windy. But if that do not bother you it's great spot to visit. Entry is $15 fyi
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