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For a complete list of scheduled lens tours, see our events page. A lens tour is a real treat, but they are scheduled only 8 days a year.

Are you coming to the Lighthouse? Consider staying overnight at the Light Station. See our rental units. Some units are pet friendly.

August Lens Tour

August Lens Tour
In recognition of National Lighthouse Day, on Saturday, August 5, 2017 we will offer a tour of our Lantern Room and its 3rd order Fresnel lens. On the seventh of August in 1789 Congress approved[... see full page]

September Lens Tour

September Lens Tour
On Saturday, September 23, 2017 we will offer the last regularly scheduled tour of the brilliant 3rd order Fresnel lens for the season.  This is a splendid opportunity to visit the Lantern Room and the[... see full page]

Whale Festival, March 2018

Whale Festival, March 2018
Point Cabrillo Light Station joins in the Mendocino coast celebration of Whale Festival the weekends of March 3-4 and March 17-18, 2018. The point is a marvelous spot for watching the annual migration of gray whales.[... see full page]

Welcome!

This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. Note: there is parking for disabled persons in front of and behind the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (the first residence) at the bottom of the hill.

There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. Please use established trails and keep dogs leashed and under control at all times.

As you stroll down this road, the Point Cabrillo Light Station is arrayed before you. The Light Station includes:

  • our Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens
  • three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first house is a period museum of a lightkeeper’s house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes
  • the restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop, which houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium
  • three restored storage buildings behind the residences; two of these have been converted to lovely vacation rental cottages, the other is a public restroom

The main floor of the Lighthouse, the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and the Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round. The State Historic Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. The main floor of the Lighthouse is dog-friendly.

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