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Coast Guard Auxiliary Led Lantern Room Tours
Please join the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87, our modern lightkeepers, and the volunteers at Point Cabrillo Light Station for a unique opportunity to visit the Lantern Room and the beautifully restored operational 3rd order Fresnel lens.
These tours are offered only eight days each year.
The tour schedule for 2020 is:
- Saturday & Sunday March 7 and 8, 2020 – Whale Festival Week 1
Saturday & Sunday March 21 and 22, 2020– No Lens Tours on March 21 and 22, due to CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19.
- Saturday May 9, 2020 – Second Saturday in May, Augustin-Jean Fresnel’s Birthday
- Saturday June 13, 2020 – Second Saturday in June, Point Cabrillo Light Station’s 111th Birthday
- Saturday July 25, 2020 – Fourth Saturday in July, 170th Anniversary of the Frolic Shipwreck
- Saturday August 8, 2020 – Second Saturday in August, National Lighthouse Day
- Saturday September 12, 2020 – Second Saturday in September
- Saturday October 10, 2020 – Second Saturday in October
The Lighthouse Lantern Room and Fresnel Lens Tours are offered from 10am until 4pm. Be sure to allow time for the half mile walk to the lighthouse. Tickets are $5.00 per person; the fee supports the lighthouse maintenance fund. The tours are a treat for the whole family but please note that children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate.
The 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.
A spectacular opportunity for family fun awaits visitors during Whale Festival on the first and third weekends of March at the Light Station from 10 am to 4 pm each day. [See above for exact dates.] In addition to a grandstand view of the annual gray whale migration, you may visit the 240 gallon saltwater aquarium and our Marine Science Exhibit.
The 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House is also open. This period museum shows how lightkeepers and their families lived in the 1930s.
Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) volunteer docents will highlight Light Station history and local culture with visitor presentations at the Lighthouse and other locations in the State Historic Park. Weather permitting, docents will also lead walks to nearby Frolic Cove and relate the story of the clipper brig Frolic, wrecked off the cove in July 1850 bound from China to San Francisco with a valuable cargo of Chinese merchandise for the Gold Rush miners and their families.
To learn more about the gray whale migration, click here.
Feel free to give our office a call with any questions about our lens tours during the Fort Bragg and Mendocino Whale Festivals!