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“The ONE sight I wanted to see...”

Point Bonita Lighthouse
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Muir Woods & Marin County Excursion
Ranked #13 of 205 things to do in Marin County
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Owner description: Point Bonita today is part of the largest urban national park in the United States, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A secret jewel of the Bay Area, Point Bonita is still an active lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse and the National Park Service provides access to visitors. Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a half mile trail that is very steep in parts. Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology and fascinating history. The tunnel halfway to the lighthouse is open only during visiting hours: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I have been to San Fran many many times, but had made a point of wanting to do this on our coastal trip from Oregon. I had it all planned out and we arrived early and waited by the tunnel entrance gate. It wasn't until 10 minutes after it was supposed to open that I called the visitor center and found out they didn't have enough staff to open for the day. They didn't put the signs up until after we had descended the hill and no one bothered to come down the hill to advise the 40 or so people waiting there until AFTER they received several phone calls questioning the opening. I was super bummed to not be able to see the lighthouse and disgruntled that they weren't able to notify the people waiting in a timely fashion. So my advice is to make sure they're going to open that day before you wait around at the bottom of the hill!

Thank krisgils33
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Located a few minutes north of the Golden gate Bridge, this is a place with visiting if you want to get a quintessential view of the Bridge and our Bay. The lighthouse is beautiful and has rangers to explain its history. Even the folks who live in the area don’t always know about this place.

Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Short walk to lighthouse, but if you're afraid of heights, this might not be the place for you. The bridge to the lighthouse moves a bit and it hovers above the rocks and water. If you can handle it, the views are spectacular and the lighthouse is very cool, and still working. Parking is a bit away, but it's not too terrible of a walk. Uphill on the return!!!

Thank Christina F
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

The parking lot for the lighthouse is very small and most always full. So you will have to park near battery Alexander down the street. Also, if you like very exciting drives near high cliffs that go straight down to the ocean, go to Hawk Hill, and drive down the other side of the hill to the lighthouse (You will have to use a GPS if you're not familiar with the area). The lighthouse (as of Jan 2018) was only open 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. So check before you go. The walk to the lighthouse is as interesting as the lighthouse itself. The lighthouse is interesting to visit, and the great views of the ocean and the cliffs.Also, there is a rock in the ocean that you can see before you go through the tunnel that is always covered with seals.

Thank Fadi S
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Maybe I did not read enough before visiting this attraction, but I hope this post helps some. This lighthouse is very remote and you have to wind through hairpin turns with a lot of bicyclists who don't always share the road well. The views along the way are spectacular. There is limited parking near the end, but we were lucky enough to get a parking spot. There are public restrooms near the parking. The issue is when they say open from 12:30 to 3:30 you would think that this was limited to entering the lighthouse, but the 12:30 to 3:30 is the approach to the lighthouse. You can't even get near it or see it up close except for these three hours a day. So after your exciting roller coaster ride through the hills you will be disappointed if you were hoping to see or photograph the lighthouse. Tourists have action packed days and can't delay for hours to visit one attraction. If this is on your list plan your day around the open hours. Enjoy.

4  Thank bbbob84
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