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These links provide information about special events occurring at Cabrillo.


Public Programs (Currently Offered)

These programs are free and open to the public (park entrance fees apply)

For the most current information about a program or accessibility information, please call the Visitor Center at (619) 523-4285.

Park Volunteer talks to a group of people in front of a low rock wall
Park volunteer talks to visitors on a guided walk around the monument.

NPS Photo/C. Aurrecoechea

Guided Walking Tours (Saturdays 11am, 1pm)

Join a park guide for a one-hour walking tour of Cabrillo National Monument including the Cabrillo Statue and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This program is suitable for all ages. Tours are limited to 10 people. No reservations required. Meet at the flagpole near the traffic circle and keep in mind that the walk includes a hill up to the lighthouse.

A smiling woman in a blue shirt with a white snake coiled around her arm stands talking to a person who takes a picture of the woman with their phone.
Meet a live, native snake in the breezeway by the Visitor Center!

NPS Photo

Snake Meet 'N Greet (Thursdays - 1pm, Not Available September 2, 9, 16)

Meet a live, native snake in the breezeway by the Visitor Center! Cabrillo's three snake ambassadors provide an opportunity to learn about the park's natural resources, local ecology, and why snakes are important to the ecosystems they live in.

Volunteer in WWII clothing by jeep at the Bunker Entrance
If conditions permit, you can tour a refurbished World War II bunker.

NPS Photo

Military Bunker (Saturdays)

From 9 am – 2:30 pm volunteers will bring the coastal defenses of Point Loma to life. These are your only chances to tour the bunkers on Point Loma. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn more about the soldiers stationed at Fort Rosecrans during WWII and see the weapons and instruments that protected our coast during the tumultuous war years.


Public Programs (Not currently being offered)

**Public programs and films are dependent on San Diego County and CDC restrictions on gatherings.**

Films Shown Daily
In Search of Cabrillo: 10 am, 2 pm, 4 pm
On the Edge of Land and Sea: 11 am, 1 pm
First Breath: Gray Whales 12 pm, 3 pm

Lighthouse Talk: Join Cabrillo National Monument staff for this 1-hour, all ages program as we discover what life was like for the lighthouse keepers at Cabrillo's restored 19th century Lighthouse.

Nature Walk: Join one of our expert volunteers to explore the flora and fauna of the park. This 45 minute to 1-hour walk will give you insights as to why San Diego County is the most bio-diverse in the continental US. Meet animals and plants and find out how the natives of San Diego, the Kumeyaay, used the landscape resources. The walk includes a stop at the Cabrillo Monument for a spectacular view of the Bay and ends at the whale lookout, where an equally stunning ocean panorama can be enjoyed. From there guests can choose different activities, including a visit of the light house, a hike down the Bayside trail or a tour of the Military History Museum. Don't miss this opportunity to discover San Diego's "true nature!"

*Although we do our best, programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice.


Fee Free Days

The National Park Service will offer the following fee free days in 2021:

  • January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 17 – Start of National Park Week
  • August 4 – Great American Outdoors Act Signing Day
  • August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • September 25 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

Open Tower Days


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Last updated: September 27, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


(619) 523-4285

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