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These links provide information about special events occurring at Cabrillo.


Public Program Descriptions*

**Public programs and films are currently unavailable as of June 2020 as we follow San Diego County and CDC restrictions on gatherings.**

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.

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

Guided Walk: Join Cabrillo National Monument park staff for a stimulating 1-hour guided walk around the Upper Monument. This program is suitable for all ages. Plan to meet at the Flagpole near the traffic circle and keep in mind that the walk includes hills (up to the lighthouse and back again). You can expect to learn about Cabrillo National Monuments Kumeyaay, 16th, 19th, and 20th century histories as well as our native flora and fauna.

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!"

Open Bunker: 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.

Weed Warriors: Weed Warriors is for everyone. It is a great way to learn some the plants of CABR and see first hand how the noxious invasive plants really impact the rare ecosystems found here. You can come every week or just once. This is a rare opportunity to get in the park before the crowd and to see the park as you have never seen it before. Please contact Lonie Brown if you are interested.

*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: March 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


(619) 523-4285

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