Wednesday, August 7, 2013

California's Lighthouses: Visiting Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro

Today is National Lighthouse Day, so am posting a past visit to Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. 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. I've already visited a tall pillar type lighthouse before, this is the first lighthouse tower I've seen that was integrated into a house.

We got a chance to visit Point Fermin lighthouse back in Easter for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Event. Though we didn't get to go inside the tower. The lighthouse, the view of the Pacific ocean and the surrounding grounds were beautiful and serene.

This graceful Victorian-style lighthouse was 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.

Our daughter went around the huge grounds in her tricycle while we strolled and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. There were people bringing food and eating at the picnic benches overlooking the Pacific. Another group was barbeque-ing in the middle of the park while the 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.

I look forward to checking out the inside of the tower one of these days and traveling to the other lighthouses up north. Which one have you visited so far? Let us know.

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