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I hope to help others by clarifying a few things. No, you can not just drive up to the gate and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Cerritos, California
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Best tour I've done in years, but you do have to plan ahead to do this activity!

Wonderful tour, I totally recommend it. You do have to plan for it, though. The tour only leaves... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Groveland, California
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Reviewed 6 March 2015

So glad we checked this out this tour. Only $10 a person for a 2 hour tour of the lighthouse and the surrounding grounds. Learned a lot of the history of the lighthouse operations and the volunteers efforts to restore the natural habitat in the...More

6  Thank peterlc63
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This is a very difficult place to visit. The information regarding taking a tour is not forthcoming. Maybe some clear instructions or a sign from the road would be helpful.

3  Thank hrhvictoria
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

I hope to help others by clarifying a few things. No, you can not just drive up to the gate and hope to get in. The lighthouse is too far to take pictures from the road. No, it’s not free, but worth every cent. You...More

4  Thank TheWind26
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Wonderful tour, I totally recommend it. You do have to plan for it, though. The tour only leaves once a day, or certain days of the week in the off season. And you have to meet at a location other than the light station, then...More

1  Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The tour began at an assembly point which is an old motel that the BLM now owns that is about 1.5 miles north of the light house turnoff on CA 1. After a brief orientation, we got in our vehicles and followed the docent to...More

4  Thank BnThrDnThat
Reviewed 6 August 2018

You have to call and make reservations for a tour. This is managed by the BLM and not CA State Parks. Limited hours and at times they are doing research there. So, know before you go ! Beautiful area and a lot of history. The...More

Thank Bigred4414
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Great tours there, worth the time and money to go (nominal entry fee). They have restored the native plants and labeled them for those interested in the flora. Saw whales spouting from there. Enchanting.

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this tour. Not only do you get learn about the history of this beautiful, historic lighthouse but you also see elephant seals , coastal scenery and wildlife. The interns giving the tour are extremely enthusiastic, passionate and informative.

Thank Beth S
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We toured the lighthouse at the end of June 2018. First stop was at an old hotel just up from the lighthouse. While waiting for tour to begin, we walked around back and saw the elephant seals on the beach. Next we drove to lighthouse...More

3  Thank soccerrefmichigan
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Tours are not available every day, so make sure you check the schedule. Planning is very well worth the time and effort, however. You will learn about lighthouse practices, history, and technology, along with an ecology lesson about this stretch of California coastline. In addition,...More

1  Thank Gary H
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

The tour was about two hours and walked the whole time. Very easy trails to walk on and the volunteer tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. There is a stop where they offer binoculars to look out to sea but it was a little overcast...More

4  Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Nice way to learn the history of the light house, Spent a couple of hours there wondering around the area they had a open house one day and decided to go check it out. awesome views of the ocean you can see many seals high...More

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8 September 2018|
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Response from Bigred4414 | Reviewed this property |
You best call and see. I don't think so.
6 June 2016|
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Response from Beach-Nana93402 | Reviewed this property |
They offer tours every day except Sunday & Wednesday. No reservations required. Visitors meet at 9:45 a.m. at the former Piedras Blancas Motel located 1.5 miles north of the light station on Highway 1. See their website for... More
30 January 2016|
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