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Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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. Make Old Point Loma Lighthouse a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego trip itinerary builder.
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  • Toured the inside of the lighthouse to see how the family lived inside of this charming old structure. Take stairs up to the top inside. The real deal.  more »
  • Lighthouse is in the Cabrillo location, so you pay $10/car. Interesting lighthouse history. Building is restored and open to visitors. This is definitely worth a tourist hour.  more »
  • Well kept grounds. A little pricy charging parking. You can get a State Park pass that should work at any park around the USA. Interesting history museum.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pretty cool lighthouse. Great place if you want to hike and enjoy the view.
  • Interesting lighthouse and display of Fresnel lenses. But the real attraction is the views of San Diego and Mexico.