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“Living history at the Light Station and marine life to see”

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

Great tours there, worth the time and money to go (nominal entry fee). They have restored the native plants and labeled them for those interested in the flora. Saw whales spouting from there. Enchanting.

Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this tour. Not only do you get learn about the history of this beautiful, historic lighthouse but you also see elephant seals , coastal scenery and wildlife. The interns giving the tour are extremely enthusiastic, passionate and informative.

Thank Beth S
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

We toured the lighthouse at the end of June 2018. First stop was at an old hotel just up from the lighthouse. While waiting for tour to begin, we walked around back and saw the elephant seals on the beach. Next we drove to lighthouse following guides (you must first meet at hotel, you cannot start tour at lighthouse). We were split into two groups and proceeded to learn about history of area, sea and plant life, and of course the lighthouse. Views are beautiful and walk is easy. Binoculars are available for free when viewing the sealions and birds on the rocks. Tour guides are volunteers who live in the area. We had Tim and Avery (intern) who did a great job answering questions and explaining what we were seeing. Tour was just over 2 hours and cost $10 for adults (1/2 price if you have a National Park pass). Well worth the cost and time!

3  Thank soccerrefmichigan
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Tours are not available every day, so make sure you check the schedule. Planning is very well worth the time and effort, however. You will learn about lighthouse practices, history, and technology, along with an ecology lesson about this stretch of California coastline. In addition, you will view lots of sea lions and elephant seals and, if very lucky, a sea otter.

1  Thank Gary H
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

The tour was about two hours and walked the whole time. Very easy trails to walk on and the volunteer tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. There is a stop where they offer binoculars to look out to sea but it was a little overcast when we went, can't fault the tour guide for that, so we didn't get to see much ocean wildlife. We booked through recreation.gov and it made it a snap but they do offer walk ups, you just have to meet at 945 at the motel. Lots of pretty flowers along the trail. They separate everyone in to tour groups so it makes it nice to travel in a small group of people. At $10 per ticket it was absolutely a great way to spend an afternoon at the coast. They also have a gift shop to help support the restoration of the light station.

4  Thank Jeff G
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