Treat yourself to a gentle walking tour of the Point Pinos Lighthouse and the surrounding grounds, on the edge of the spectacular Pacific Ocean. Tour each room of the keeper's living quarters, admire the well-appointed Victorian parlor, see the original Fresnel lens from the grounds, and (if you wish) climb the narrow spiral staircase to the upstairs rooms. It's a trip back to a time and place you don't often see any more. Our volunteer docents will be happy to show you around and answer questions.
The lighthouse is open five days a week (closed Tue/Wed). No reservations are required. Outside of visiting hours the lighthouse grounds are closed and inaccessible.
Suggested donation is $2 for adults, $1 for children (6-17), and free for under-6. All funds go directly towards ongoing lighthouse restoration.
The lighthouse occupies the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula in the town of Pacific Grove, near Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel.
The lighthouse is a short 5-minute drive, or a pleasant 30-minute walk, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and sights along Cannery Row.
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Point Pinos is the oldest "continuously operating" lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific. Technically, it was the second lighthouse ever built (after Alcatraz) but was never demolished or decommissioned. Although Alcatraz is slightly older, its lighthouse was demolished and later rebuilt outside the prison walls.
90 Asilomar Avenue (near Lighthouse Ave.) Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
The Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, California, is maintained by an all-volunteer staff of restoration experts, docents, and historians. As with all active lighthouses and aids to navigation, the actual electric light itself is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.