Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Ticket Price: 10 USD
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
The site commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European on the West Coast of the USA, at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. The views at the monument are incredible-the San Diego skyline, Mexico's Coronado Islands, the Naval Air Station North Island, and the Pacific Ocean. In January and February you can spot whales and dolphins in the water from Whale Overlook. The park is also a popular birding spot.
Many events-Whale Watch Weekend, Founder’s Day, Cabrillo Festival Open House - are held at the monument throughout the year. Walking around will reveal many historical military installations used in the defense of San Diego. You can also visit the tidepools. The lighthouse, the park's highest point, was built in 1855 and is now used as a museum exploring the lives of the family that that maintained the lighthouse. Twice a year, on August 25 and November 15, the lighthouse is opened to the public. Check out the visitor centre for souvenirs and a detailed history of the park. There are guided tours, movies, and an Age of Exploration exhibit.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Information
- Partially wheelchair accessible.
- Check attraction website for complete calendar of events.
- Entrance passes are valid for 7 days.
- Smoking not allowed.
- No cell phone service down by the tidepools.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Ticket Prices
- Given ticket price is for passenger vehicle.
- Motorcyclist: 7 USD per vehicle
- Walk-ins, bicyclists: 5 USD per person
Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Opening and Closing Hours
- Last entry at 4:20pm.
- Tidepools close at 4:00pm.
- Bayside Trail closes at 4:00pm.
How To reach Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument by Public Transport
- Bus 84 stop Cabrillo National Monument.
- Drive or Cycle to here.
Restaurants Near Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument
- Subway, Kona Kai Restaurant, Fathom Bistro
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Being from San Diego and having lived here for 47 years, one of my favorite places to visit is at Cabrillo National Monument . It's a beautiful place with great views of Downtown San Diego, Coronado island, the coastlines, and on a clear day you can see the islands off the coast. There are several viewing and sitting areas throughout the park. They also do offer tours but I myself would rather enjoy the park by myself or with my love one. The light house is beautiful and yes there is lots of history behind it. The lighthouse is open to the public but is a little tight. My favorite thing to do though is just to walk around and enjoy the scenery. It's great just watching the sailboats and occasionally a tall ship will be sailing by. What others don't know is that there is a second lighthouse below as well as the tide pools. Before leaving the Park I would definitely take the drive down to see the second light house and the tide pools. Why is this my one my favorite area of San Diego. Well the answer is basically not only views buts it a great place to sit back and relax and enjoy the sea without the hustle and bustle of the beach crowd.
An awesome place to enjoy 180 degrees view of Pacific ocean surrounding this point. On a clear sky day, the sight is to behold. Also on the other side, you can view the San Diego downtown and airport runway. The lighthouse of Point Loma is spectacular as well. Plan to spend an afternoon there and try to catch a sunset as well. Beautiful! But be sure to bring in a lot of sweaters/jackets as it's always pretty windy here especially during colder months.
If you can, spend a few hours here because there's more to do than you might think. Definitely drive down to the tide pools. And the views from the visitor center are stupendous. The visitor center has quite a lot of information and when we were there we saw a volunteer dressed up as a 16th century Spanish soldier who explained life as it was back then.
This is a really great Park with beautiful views and some San Diego history. You can go down and check out the tide pools, which are best during low tide. It's also worth going to the top and seeing the views of downtown San Diego and Coronado. Check out the monument to Cabrillo. See the light house and small Museum there. There is a small War Museum and a couple other things to see. I go here frequently to show guests that are new to San Diego and it is well worth it.
There are two fantastic reasons to visit Cabrillo NM. But first, I must add how heartbreaking it was to pass the rows upon rows of the many heroes in the National Cemetery along the narrow road winding towards the park. This was my first visit to Cabrillo. I didn't expect this humbling experience and it brought tears. Thank you for your service. The first would be the amazing view. On a sunny day, it can't be beat. From gazing out deep across the Pacific Ocean to looking down upon the busy harbor or along the city skyline of San Diego, it's an incredible sightseeing location. A visit here is well worth the trip if only for the view. Just as good, though, would be the history. A lot of history happened here. There is a great visitor center with a very knowledgeable staff. The theater seemingly has enough movies to keep one busy for hours. Some were historical to the explorer Cabrillo; others were about whales and the ocean. Certainly, a movie for just about anyone's interest. Also, the area at Cabrillo NM has location-specific history in its Point Loma Lighthouse or the remnants of WW11 bunkers. If interested in history, Cabrillo NM has much to offer.