Point Arena Lighthouse Full Moon by Tom Birdsell

Come experience a spectacular night time view . . .

. . . from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower, and if the weather cooperates it will be illuminated by the full moon! Our docents and guides will help you experience what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper and climb the Tower at night.  They will guide you on your journey into the past and explain the unique history of this historic landmark, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Champagne, sparkling  juice and snacks will be served as part of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience!

Night Tours  are scheduled on every full moon, with extra  weekend tours added when the full moon falls within a day of Friday or Saturday. All proceeds go toward the support and maintenance of  Lighthouse Tower, Museum and grounds. Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. thank you for your generous support.  Individual tickets are $30 each or tickets-for-two for $50.  

Reservations must be made by phone at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 or in person no later than 3:30 p.m. three (3) days before the date of the event.

Cancellation policy: No refunds given if you cancel your reservation three days or less before the event. Tours are limited to a minimum of eight and a maximum of twenty people, and will be cancelled if less than eight sign up. You will receive a full refund if the event is cancelled.  Please call our Reservation Desk at  at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 three days prior to the tour to confirm the event is happening as scheduled.

Night Tour Schedule*


Saturday, August 5th, 2017 (almost) Full Sturgeon Moon
Gate Opens: 8 PM – Tour Starts: 8:30 PM

The full Sturgeon Moon is actually on Monday, but we wanted to give more people the chance to view the beauty of the (almost) full moon from the Lighthouse Tower so we are offering this tour on Saturday night.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”  Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), or “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux) or “Blueberry Moon” (Ojibway).

If you want to enjoy the unique experience of climbing to the top of the Tower under a full moon, call call 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 at least three days before the date of the tour.   


Monday, August 7th, 2017 Full Sturgeon Moon
Gate Opens: 8 PM – Tour Starts: 8:30 PM

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”  Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), or “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux) or “Blueberry Moon” (Ojibway).

If you want to enjoy the unique experience of climbing to the top of the Tower under a full moon, call call 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 at least three days before the date of the tour.   



Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 Full Corn Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM


Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Full Hunter’s Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM


Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (almost) Full Hunter’s Moon
Gate Opens: 7 PM – Tour Starts: 7:30 PM


Friday, November 3rd, 2017 Full Beaver Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Full Beaver Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 (almost) Full Cold Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 Full Cold Moon
Gate Opens: 6 PM – Tour Starts: 6:30 PM


*NOTE: Tours will take place regardless of the weather conditions if the minimum number of guests sign up. Guests understand that visibility could be limited due to fog, rain, etc. and there is no guarantee that the full moon will be visible during the tour.