Cabrillo National Monument | San Diego Attractions
Explore the history and beauty of this popular San Diego attraction.
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather while exploring this historic attraction.
About Cabrillo National Monument:
Located just before the “point” of Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument is a nearly 144-acre greenspace just outside downtown. Listed on the National register of Historic Places, and looked after by the National Park Service, this San Diego Attraction was established to memorialize the expedition of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo making landfall on September 28, 1542, the first European explorers to touch ground on the West Coast of what would become America.
The park offers sweeping views of the bay, the San Diego skyline and surrounding urban areas, the Pacific Ocean and, across the entrance to San Diego Bay, Naval Air Station North Island. There are plenty of things to keep visitors to the park busy during a visit to this popular attraction. Explore the tidal pools that ring the park for the varied and fascinating sea life that call the shores of Point Loma home. The hiking trails, with a 360° view of greater San Diego, are a great place to get your bearings and some SoCal sun.
You can also climb to the top of Old Point Loma Lighthouse for a higher vantage point. No longer in operation, the lighthouse, at 422 feet above sea level, was once the highest of coastal navigation aid in the country. This ultimately proved to be the lighthouse’s weak point due to the area’s frequent low cloud cover and thick fog obscuring the oil lamp meant to guide ship to safety. It was replaced in 1891 with the New Point Loma Lighthouse, just down the cliff and closer to the water’s edge, which is still in use today.
Get educated on the Age of Exploration with Park Ranger guided walks and talks in the old lighthouse, the interior of which is maintained to look as it did in the 19th century. At the Cabrillo National Monument Visitor’s Center, the Park Rangers screen films and give lectures on the Age of Sail and natural history of the park while showing examples of period arms and navigational tools. If all this wears you out, you can go rest in the fields among the wildflowers and watch military aircraft take off and land from Coronado. This San Diego Attraction is a great way to spend the day and is close to our San Diego Accommodations.
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