The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales. Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo. With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?
Our Mission Statement
To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.
The Reason The Light Will Always Be On
Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?” The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light. We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 Full Beaver Moon will shine on the Point Arena High School Students’ Moonlight Tour of the Dead at the Lighthouse! 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Point Arena Lighthouse, Point Arena Union High School and the Pacific Community Charter High School are partnering to present a student art exhibit celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The festivities will open at 5:30 p.m. in the Fog Signal Building, where the students will be selling food and drink to raise funds for a field trip to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The exhibit of student art inspired by the popular Dia de los Muertos celebration will be displayed in the Buttress Room in the base of the Lighthouse Tower, with special pieces voted on by the student in the Lantern Room at the top of the Tower.
Admission to the Light Station grounds, the Fog Signal Building Gift Store and Museum, and the art exhibit in the Buttress Room is FREE to everyone. Tower Tours under the full moon will be offered free to all students, and at a discounted $5 for adults.
El viernes 3 de noviembre del 2017 la luna llena brillará durante el Moonlight Tour of the Dead, un evento organizado por los estudiantes de Point Arena High en el faro! 5:30 pm. a las 8:30 p.m.
El Point Arena Lighthouse, Point Arena High School y el Pacific Community Charter High School se han asociado para presentar una exhibición de arte para celebrar el Día de los Muertos. Las festividades comenzarán a las 5:30 p.m. en el Fog Signal Building, donde los estudiantes estarán vendiendo comida y bebidas para recaudar fondos para una excursión al De Young Museum en Golden Gate Park. La exhibición de arte estudiantil se mostrará en la base del faro. Las obras de arte elegidas por los estudiantes serán exhibidas en la parte superior del faro.
El costo de la entrada a los jardines del faro, a la tienda de regalos, al museo del Fog Signal Building y a la exposición de arte, es GRATIS para todos. El tour del faro bajo la luna llena se ofrecerá gratis a todos los estudiantes, y a un precio descontado de $ 5 para los adultos.
Seasonal Special Begins Again!
Our popular Seasonal Special begins October 1st and continues through February 28th, 2018. Stay in any of our wonderful vacation cottages for 3 consecutive nights and get the 3rd night free! And YES, the Keeper’s Apartment (see below) is part of the deal! See the details on our Lodging Specials page or call our Lodging desk at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or 707-882-2809, ext. 1 and ask for the specials.
SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!
SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West. Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!
End of Summer Sale continues in the Gift Store!
Save up to 50% or more on selected merchandise
The Point Arena Light Station Supports the Bureau of Land Management “Coastal Explorers” and “Hike the Coast” Educational Talks & Tours of the Point Arena – Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument
Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. – Hike the Coast
Saturday, November 4 at 1 p.m. – Coastal Explorers
Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m. – Hike the Coast
The Bureau of Land Management is offering an opportunity to participate in “Coastal Explorers” and “Hike the Coast,” its educational talks & tours of the Point Arena – Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. And, come take a discounted Point Arena Lighthouse Museum & Tower Tour when you’re done with the Coastal Explorer tour! Docents participating in the tour will be handing out discounted tour coupons at the end of the walk, and guests will get the full Lighthouse Museum & Tower Tour for just $3 per person – a savings of $4.50 over the regular price! Click here or on the image to the right for more details.
Cruise the Coast was Sunday, July 16 and it was GREAT!
We had 10 of the beautiful cars that particpated in the Gualala Arts Auto Show stop by the sunny and clear Light Station for Cruise the Coast on Sunday. Visit our Cruise the Coast 2017 page or click on the photo on the left to see a slideshow of these great cars at the spectacular Lighthouse!
Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!
The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals! This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more. Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.