• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


    National Monument California

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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

Plan A Field Trip

Education and Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument is a 160-acre unit of the National Park System, located at the southern tip of Point Loma in San Diego, California. The site commemorates conquistador and explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and preserves the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, the tidepools of the rocky intertidal zone, a coastal Mediterranean ecosystem, and coastal defense remnants. In addition, the site offers a tremendous view of San Diego Bay and provides good shore-based viewing of the winter Pacific gray whale migration.

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Educational Activities

  • Free on-site and off-site Ranger-led activities (reservations required)
  • Free pre- and post-field trip educational materials
  • Free films in the auditorium (reservations required)
  • Fee waivers for school groups visiting without a ranger
  • Tidepool permits

On-Site Ranger-Led Education Programs - For more information, click here.

  • Designed to support California frameworks for grades 2 through 6.
  • Program Cost: FREE (No fee waiver is necessary for groups attending a ranger-led program).
  • Each program is 60 minutes in length.
  • Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ONLY, 10 AM-11 AM or 11:15 AM-12:15 PM.
  • Group Size: 35 students maximum, 1 adult per 5 students required.
  • Reservations are required.
  • Important: If a class arrives more than 15 minutes late, the program may be canceled.

Ranger-led educational program
A Park Ranger conducts an educational program at the Cabrillo statue plaza.
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Did You Know?

Vintage Travel

Did you know that you can visit Cabrillo National Monument 364 days a year, seven days a week, including all weekends and holidays, except for Christmas?