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Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
+1 707-882-2809
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great place to stay

Point Arena light house give a great view from the top of ocean and surrounding area. There are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
U843HKjohnp
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Lakewood, United States
Great Lighthouse!!

Visit this lighthouse museum and take the tour to the top. Very informative history lesson. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BonnieLee77
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Marietta, Georgia
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The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena/Stornetta Public Lands, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales. Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo. With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?
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  • Average5%
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“light house” (32 reviews)
“gift shop” (43 reviews)
“worth the climb” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468
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+1 707-882-2809
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Point Arena light house give a great view from the top of ocean and surrounding area. There are approx. 150 steps to reach the top. The museum has many displays and historical writeups. It has the original 9 ft. high Fresnel lens and operating system...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit this lighthouse museum and take the tour to the top. Very informative history lesson. The views here are spectacular!! And while you're here, hike the Stornetta Public Lands. They are adjacent to the lighthouse.....after visiting the lighthouse, go back down the road about 1/2...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated on a headland surrounded by the ocean on three sides, this is a great visit if you like rugged places and history. Well worth the easy four-mile drive from Highway 1.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this lighthouse. For a small fee you can go up the stairs to the top and experience breathtaking views

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can drive right up to this lighthouse with its spectacular view of the coastline. And the view from the top of the tower is worth the climb. There are historic lightkeepers' homes available as vacation rentals. For the right family, I can't think of...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

We were staying on the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the historic light house from the displays and the super savvy docents. the tour up into the lighthouse was excellent.

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Stopped at Point Arena Lighthouse to use Stornetta lands trails. Beautiful. We did not pay the $ to go to Lighthouse but enjoyed the views on the road to the lighthouse.

1  Thank Jasmine A
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

We stopped here for morning tea to take in the coast and sea air. Didn't stay at the accommodation available at the lighthouse. Its a glorious place with lots of wild flowers when we visited in May.

3  Thank jeeljo
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

The museum is very small but interesting. The lighthouse tour and 149 steps to the top offers breathtaking views. Nice selection of gift items in the store.

2  Thank Judi R
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

I learnt loads about the lighthouse, the area, the quake, the buildings. It’s definitely worth paying the $7 or $8 to go up the lighthouse . The views are terrific. We were lucky enough to spot some whales migrating

2  Thank GlynisHowgego
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