Visitor Center

Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is a great place to begin your exploration of Cabrillo National Monument

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The Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center Historic District (Visitor Center Historic District), constructed in 1963-1967, offers commanding views of the San Diego coast as well as interpretive exhibits and programs. Built as part of the National Park Service's Mission 66 Program, an effort to revitalize the National Parks nation-wide after WWII, the Cabrillo Visitor Center was designed to represent the Park Service's modern image. The Visitor Center is now one of the most complete and significant expression of the Park Service Modern style, while also being the only of the California Mission 66 visitor centers that provides an example of the Mission 66 program objectives within a southern California coastal context. It displays the California school of landscape design”, which took the modernist forms and ideals and adapted them to California's Mediterranean climate and tradition of utilizing outdoor space.
 

The Visitor Center at Cabrillo National Monument is the perfect place to get oriented to the park. Rangers and volunteers are always available to answer questions and provide suggestions on what to do. Here you can:

  • Find the day’s schedule of auditorium programs and ranger talks
  • Get your National Parks Passport book stamped
  • Chat with a ranger
  • Pick up a Junior Ranger activity for kids
  • Check out the day’s weather forecast
  • Find out when low tide is
  • Look through the bulls-eye of a lighthouse lens
  • See the California relief map and find other National Parks in the state to visit
  • Get a hands-on feel for 16th century armor and navigational instruments
  • Come in out of the elements if it’s foggy, raining, or windy outside
  • Make your educational and souvenir purchases in the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation Bookstore
 
Visitor Center Interior
The Visitor Center is a good place to begin your orientation to Cabrillo National Monument.

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Visitor Center Ranger
Friendly Park Rangers are on hand to answer questions and provide suggestions on what to do in the park.

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Last updated: October 17, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Phone:

(619) 523-4285

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