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Point Sur State Historic Park

Station 1, Big Sur, California 93920 USA

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$$$$
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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“The only lightstation open to the public”

The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours. Established in 1957, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of the remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities, and the only one remaining on the West Coast. For the most part, other SOSUS facilities were parts of larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.

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Reviewed by
Leticia Corona

  • 6 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
April 20, 2014

Don't drive it at night! Too dangerous

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Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

There's a great three-hour guided tour of the park, that's great for families. They explain the history of the park and the lighthouse, and you get to actually go into the lighthouse. Afterwards there's a trip to a museum and a small gift shop. The tour is $12 for adults, $5 for children. Bring warm clothes, because it can get windy.

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Point Sur State Historic Park

Station 1
Big Sur, California
93920 USA

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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating

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