Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

#5 of 15 in Historic Sites in Monterey County
Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Point Pinos Lighthouse was lit on February 1, 1855, to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and even the lens is original. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse preceded Point Pinos by eight months, but was replaced in 1909 by the expanding military prison. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is still an active United States Coast Guard aid to navigation. On-site museum exhibits and other lighthouse related functions are operated by the city of Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California. The lighthouse is surrounded by the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links.

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  • Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast.The building, lenses and prisms in this Pacific Grove lighthouse are all original, and it is still an active...  more »
  • Visiting a lighthouse is always an educational experience but I was disappointed to find the gates locked and could only view the outside of the lighthouse from outside the fence. Photos on the...  more »
  • This lighthouse is worth a stop and the $5 admission. Although serving as a fully automated beacon for more than fifty years, the internal space has been recreated similar to its Victorian, WWI, and WWII time period deco. The volunteer docents are extremely gracious and are eager to share their detailed knowledge of its history. Mostly self-guided, a detailed tour will take about forty five minutes. I recommend visiting this little lighthouse near Monterey, CA.
  • Great history. The docents have many great stories and love to share them. The history of lighthouse keepers was fascinating. Several were women, which is fantastic. Duck when you go up to see the Fresnel lens...it's tight quarters!

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