Upcoming Events

Are you coming for an event? Consider staying overnight at the Light Station. See our rental units.


Lens Tours in 2023

Lantern Room Tours for the rest of the year

We have one more tour planned for 2023, but more may be added, so keep an eye on this page as you’re planning your trip to the Mendocino Coast. Lens Tour dates for 2024 will be added here soon!

Sunday, May 28, 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Sunday, September 3, 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023
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lensDue to COVID-19, lens tours at Point Cabrillo Light Station have been on hold since March of 2020. Finally in 2022 and 2023, we are able to hold tours once again!

Tours are first-come, first-serve and will be held from 10am – 4pm. We suggest arriving by 3pm to ensure you’ll make it to the top before we stop tours for the day! 

First tour starts at 10am, last tour begins at 4pm
$10 per adult, $5 per child

All children must be over 42″ tall to climb the stairs
There are no babies or animals allowed on this tour
Tour guests must be able to climb three sets of ladders

Tours last between 20 – 40 minutes, and are led by the experienced docents of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association. For more information, you can call the gift shop at 707-937-6122 or email us at info@pointcabrillo.org.


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Point Cabrillo Light Station

Gloriana Studios presents Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on September 30th and October 1st at 2pm, at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Reserve your spot at gloriana.org/tickets.

Borrow a Buddy at Point Cabrillo Light Station

On September 16th and October 21st, spend the afternoon at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park with the Mendocino Coast Humane Society and their adoptable doggies! The ‘Borrow a Buddy’ program from MCHS is awesome way to give these dogs the exercise they need, plus exposure to people, cars and other dogs out and about! And the best part? You get a furry friend to enjoy the Point Cabrillo trails with.

We hope these wonderful pups will find their forever homes, whether it’s with you or with someone you run into on the trails!
The Mendocino Coast Humane Society provides collars, leashes, waste bags, treats, water dishes and of course “Adopt-Me” dog vests! All you have to bring is your walking shoes for the trails at Point Cabrillo Light Station.

MCHS will be at the parking lot on Point Cabrillo Drive from 1pm – 4pm on September 16 and October 21 with dogs eager to explore!

Point Cabrillo Light Station Parking Lot
13800 Point Cabrillo Drive
Mendocino, CA 95460

RSVP for these Borrow a Buddy events on Facebook!

Whale Watching in March+April

Point Cabrillo Whale FestivalThe Point Cabrillo Light Station was established in 1909 on a point of land extending westward into the ocean. This location was selected for the Lighthouse by the US Lighthouse Service so that the light would be most visible to shipping on the hazardous coast of Mendocino. This same attribute makes Point Cabrillo a preeminent location from which to watch the annual migration of the gray whales from the lagoons of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic Ocean.

To learn more about the gray whale migration, click here.

Feel free to give our office a call with any questions!