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*


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

Often, the September Moon is called the “Harvest Moon” but this year it’s in October. The Harvest Moon is the moon that falls nearest the autumn equinox and October’s full moon will arrive closer to this date in 2017, so it will be this year’s Harvest Moon.  This full moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!  Native Americans also called this October moon the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”


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

We wanted our guests to have a second chance to view the Harvest/Hunter’s moon, so we added an (almost) full Harvest/Hunter’s Moon Night Tour on Saturday, October 7!  Come enjoy this unique experience with us if you can’t make it on Thursday for the full Full Moon.



Friday, November 3rd, 2017 Full Beaver Moon will shine on the Point Arena High School Students’ Full Moon Tour of the Dead at the Lighthouse!

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!

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.


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.