Point Cabrillo Announces Lighthouse Lens Tours for 2014

Despite the frequent publicity about lantern room tours at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, it’s still one of Fort Bragg’s best kept secret. Six times a year, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 87, which maintains the Fresnel Lens and lantern room, offers tours. You get to climb up the narrow stairs, stopping on each landing […]
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Sunset at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Fort Bragg, California — Photo by Bruce Lewis

Despite the frequent publicity about lantern room tours at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, it’s still one of Fort Bragg’s best kept secret.

Six times a year, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 87, which maintains the Fresnel Lens and lantern room, offers tours. You get to climb up the narrow stairs, stopping on each landing as a docent shares a bit of history about the 1909 lighthouse, which is one of only three in the U.S. still operating as a Federal Aid to Navigation.

Finally, when you reach the top, you are just inches from the beautiful, golden-colored, 3rd order Fresnel Lens. It’s the best $5 you will ever spend and a memory you, family and/or friends will never forgot.

The Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, just announced the 2014 lantern room tour schedule:

Saturday & Sunday March 1 & 2, 2014 – Whale Festival Week 1

Saturday & Sunday March 15 & 16, 2014 – Whale Festival week 2

Saturday May 3, 2014 – Spring Celebration

Saturday June 7, 2014 – Point Cabrillo Light Station 105th. Anniversary

Saturday August 9, 2014  –  National Lighthouse Day

Saturday September 20, 2014 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Day

The Lighthouse Lantern Room and Fresnel Lens Tours will be offered from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. A modest fee, which supports the lighthouse maintenance fund, of $5.00 is appreciated. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate in the tours. For additional information please contact the lighthouse at 707-937-6122.

Other reasons to come: this the best spot on the Coast for whale watching, there are miles of trails through the 300-acre natural preserve, which is a California State Historic Park. There is a marine education center, museum and gift shop. Bring a camera and layer up, you can depend on it being cool (really cool if the wind is blowing). But the views are worth it.

 

 

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