Today is National Lighthouse Day! Almost 30 lighthouses still stand strong on the California coast – just over a dozen are open to the public. If you wish to visit or tour one in the Los Angeles area, check out the Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. I’ve already visited a tall pillar type lighthouse before but this is the first lighthouse tower I’ve seen that was integrated into a house.
Point Fermin Lighthouse is a graceful Victorian-style lighthouse built in 1874 and is one of the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. And is one of the two lighthouses in the Los Angeles area that you can visit. It served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years.
The lighthouse, the view of the Pacific ocean and the surrounding grounds were beautiful and serene. Kids can bring their bikes and while adults stroll around with them to enjoy the cool ocean breeze. There were people bringing food and eating at the picnic benches overlooking the Pacific. You can also barbeque in the middle of the park while kids play in the play structure.
The northern California coast offers some of the oldest lighthouses in the state, while the southern California coast offers additional interesting lighthouse finds, each with a unique history. Here’s a list of other lighthouses in the California coast:
- Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay
- Battery Point, Humboldt County
- Piedras Blancas, near Hearst Castle
- Pigeon Point, Santa Cruz
- Point Arena, Mendocino County
- Point Bonita, Marin Headlands near San Francisco
- Point Cabrillo, Mendocino County
- Point Loma, San Diego
- Point Montara, San Mateo County, south of San Francisco
- Point Pinos, Pacific Grove, near Monterey
- Point Reyes, Marin County
- Point San Luis, near Pismo Beach
- Point Sur, Big Sur
- Point Vicente, Los Angeles
Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum is located at 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 1PM-4PM and closed on major holidays and for special events in the park.
Guided tours are offered at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 P.M. General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower.
For more info: (310) 241-0684.