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Mendocino|Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Review

August 3, 2015
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse review

This a very popular lighthouse located in Mendocino–it’s been around since 1909 and sits on a piece of beautiful coastal land! For those youngins out there–the lighthouses were used to guide ships safely to port by shooting that beam of light that was visible from miles away. What actually drew me to this lighthouse was the fact that it had an aquarium–let’s just clear that up right away. The “aquarium” is a small room with a fish tank in it that only has Sea Anemones. It did make me smile walking in and seeing the “aquarium.” Maybe they have big plans for it in the future! I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Below is the Museum–which I really enjoyed! The doors are unlocked and visitors are free to take a self guided tour-these were the homes of the “Keepers.” The upstairs were marked off and said “employee’s only”–so you know exactly where I wanted to go right away! However, I controlled myself! Bathrooms were located just behind the museum.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum                                                            An old fashioned washing machine!Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum        A lot of the interior was refurbished and not the original but they had it set up as close to the original state as they could. There were photos of the rooms before the refurbishing.Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum                      In less then a 100 years we went from this to the smart phone–loved seeing this!Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum                                                                                 The kitchen.Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum      Here is one of the original keepers families that lived here. What an amazing place for kids to grow up! I loved seeing the actual faces of people from so long ago!Point Cabrillo Lighthouse museum                                       Below is a little history about the first Keepers of the lighthouse.FullSizeRender-20       Down the path were more houses and a couple of cottages–all are available to rent out. For more information on renting E-mail mcr@mendocinovacations.com. I believe the the houses go for $750 a night.Point Cabrillo Lighthouse review      Upon entering the lighthouse I was greeted by the nicest gentleman who was more then enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of the light house. The top of the lighthouse was blocked off but they had a live video of the Lens shown on a TV.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse review     They do have day where they open up the top and give Lens tours. The next one’s are August 8th and September 26th. This coastland is also where the Frolic Ship sank–they had a few pieces of merchandise recovered from the ship.Point Cabrillo Lighthouse review     The bluffs were gorgeous as per usual and I saw a couple seals popping their heads out of the water. The bluffs are dangerous though–if you have small children or the elderly do keep them away from the edge.FullSizeRender-23    The parking lot is quite a ways walk to the light house–if you have handicapped people (who have trouble walking) with you or the elderly I would recommend a wheel chair. It is flat land with no hills to climb though. Parking is free and there is no admission fee’s but they do request donations of at least $5 a person.

My Quick Take: I love this light house–so nice to just walk in a museum and guide yourself through a tour. Don’t get your hopes up for the aquarium but do visit if you love history or have never seen a lighthouse before. This one is a lot easier to get to then the Point Arena Lighthouse.

For directions click here.

Point Cabrillo Light Station
45300 Lighthouse Rd
Mendocino, CA 95460

Hours: 11Am-4pm Daily however, the State Park is open sunrise to sunset.

Tip: There will be lens tours this year on August 8th and September 26th 10AM-4PM.

Happy Coast Exploring!

Xx

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