Military History Building Closed until March 10, 2014
The Military History Building is undergoing a Seismic Retrofit (Earthquake Safety) and will be closed through 3/10/14. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Interior of Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit
The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit (earthquake safety). It is still open to the public, while the basement is worked on. The interior of the lighthouse will be closed once the basement is completed. Please call (619) 557-5450 for info.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any days that the park is closed? Cabrillo National Monument is closed on Christmas Day, December 25. We are open the other 364 days of the year, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
What can we do there? Lots! You can take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse; visit three different exhibit rooms; see the wonders of the tidepools during the winter months; hike the Bayside Trail; see a film or slideshow in the auditorium; or enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the city of San Diego.
Are pets allowed? Dogs are allowed at the tidepool area, as long as they remain on a leash. Only service animals are permitted in all other areas of the park. Click here for more information.
When can we go into the tower of the lighthouse? To preserve the structural integrity of the lighthouse tower, it is normally closed to the public. However, it it open for visitors two days a year: August 25 (the National Park Service birthday), and November 15 (the lighthouse anniversary).
Are there activities for kids? Yes! Be sure to stop first at the Visitor Center to pick up a Junior Ranger activity. Then, have your child take it with them on their visit around the park to find the answers to the questions. Once completed, bring it back to the Visitor Center, where a Park Ranger will check the answers and award a Junior Ranger badge! Click here to learn more.
When is the best time to view the tidepools? During the winter. That's when the good low tides occur during daylight hours, and when we have Park Rangers and Volunteers stationed in the tidepools to answer questions. Click here for more information.
Do you take volunteers? Yes! We have an active volunteer program. Folks help us in many areas: tidepool monitoring and visitor education, natural resources, Visitor Center - you name it, we've probably got a need for a volunteer! Click here to learn more.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the light from the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument could be seen by mariners 39 miles out to sea?