Point Reyes LighthouseThe Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870, was retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light. They then transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the National Park Service, which has taken on the job of preserving this fine specimen of our heritage. The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located on the western-most point of the Point Reyes Headlands.
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is open from 10am to 4:30pm Thursday through Monday. Here, you can see historic photographs of shipwrecks and lighthouse-keepers, and handle items on the touch table, including whale baleen. A display of local birds will introduce you to the birds you might see just off the cliffs. A small bookstore offers books, maps and other educational products. To get to the lighthouse itself, you must walk a half-mile from the parking lot to the Visitor Center, and then down 308 steps. The stairs are open 10am to 4:30pm Thursday through Monday. When wind speeds exceed 40mph, the steps to the lighthouse are closed for visitors’ safety.
Seasonally, there are tours of the lantern room and evening lighting programs. On weekends and holidays during whale-watching season, the road to the Lighthouse is closed to private vehicles. Visitors must ride a shuttle bus.
27999 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Inverness, CA 94937
415-669-1534

Point Reyes Lighthouse

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