Notices and Upcoming Events

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.

June Lens Tour

June Lens Tour
To celebrate the 107th anniversary of the Lighthouse, on Saturday, June 11, 2016 we will offer tours of the brilliant 3rd order Fresnel lens.  The light was first lit on[... see full page]

August Lens Tour

August Lens Tour
In recognition of National Lighthouse Day, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 we will offer a tour of our Lantern Room and its 3rd order Fresnel lens. In August of 1789[... see full page]

September Lens Tour

September Lens Tour
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 we will offer the last tour of the brilliant 3rd order Fresnel lens for the season.  This is your final opportunity this year to visit[... see full page]


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.

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 Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and 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.

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Hours of Operation

State Historic Park: sunrise to sunset
Light Station Museum and Giftshop,
1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House,
Aquarium & Marine Science Exhibit:

  11am-4pm daily

Kearn Farmhouse at upper parking lot: currently closed; restrooms open

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