Indoor Activities

Auditorium with chairs pointed at a screen.
Catching a film in the Auditorium is a great way to spend time at Cabrillo National Monument during rare inclement weather.

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During a foggy, rainy, windy, or cold day, you can still find plenty of indoor adventures at Cabrillo National Monument. You can:

  • Take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and see what life was like in the 1880s at this once-lonely outpost. In addition, an audio tour option is available on the NPS app.
  • Visit the "Age of Exploration" exhibit room near the Visitor Center and learn more about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his voyage of discovery.
  • Talk to a Park Ranger or Volunteer at the Visitor Center.
  • Learn about lighthouses in the "Lighthouses of Point Loma" exhibit in the reconstructed assistant keeper's quarters adjacent to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
  • Browse the Cabrillo Store, which is managed by the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation. Located within the Visitor Center, the Bookstore offers a wide selection of educational and interpretive materials, including postcards, books, and unique items.
  • See the military history exhibit, "They Stood the Watch," housed in a World War II radio station.
  • See a film in the auditorium: (Description and Schedule shown below)

Film Descriptions

Voyages of the San Salvador

Explores the incredible risk of the Cabrillo expedition and the lasting effects it has had on the native Kumeyaay people.

A Partnership in History

Details the partnership between Cabrillo National Monument and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which led to the creation of the replica San Salvador.

First Breath: Gray Whales

Follows the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the waters off Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico.

On the Edge of Land and Sea

An introduction to the rocky intertidal zone at Cabrillo National Monument, regarded as the best protected tidepool area in Southern California.


Film Schedule

10:00 AM – Voyages of the San Salvador

10:30 AM – A Partnership in History

11:00 AM – First Breath: Gray Whales

11:30 AM – A Partnership in History

12:00 PM – On the Edge of Land and Sea

12:30 PM – A Partnership in History

1:00 PM – Voyages of the San Salvador

1:30 PM – A Partnership in History

2:00 PM – First Breath: Gray Whales

2:30 PM – A Partnership in History

3:00 PM – On the Edge of Land and Sea

3:30 PM – A Partnership in History

4:00 PM – Voyages of the San Salvador

Last updated: May 1, 2024

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