The Point Reyes Lighthouse, also known as the Point Reyes light station, was originally built to help mariners navigate themselves on the infamous perilous waters of point Reyes. The lighthouse now serves as a relic of the past and as a specimen of maritime heritage. Built in 1870, the lighthouse served for a little over a century, until it was replaced by an automated light tower in 1975.
Get ready to spend a good portion of your trip to Point Reyes at this incredible site brimming with life and memories of the past. After the drive to the area, if you are lucky enough to find some parking spaces, you can let your adventure begin! On your way down the 313 steps to the Lighthouse itself, there are many things that will spike your interest in the site. Located at the very top of the stairs, an observation deck is available for all lovers of bird and whale watching. Continuing on with our descent down the steps, a visitor center awaits, where you can learn about the long history of the Point Reyes lighthouse, including information and displays of the wildlife living in Point Reyes national seashore, which includes whales, sea lions, and many more. Attached to the Visitor Center is the Ocean Exploration Center, a collaboration between the National Park Service and NOAA’s Cordel Bank of maritime national marine sanctuaries that will teach you all about the marine life of Northern California, which is coincidentally home to one of the biologically richest ocean zones on the planet.
And last but not least, after visiting all these incredible attractions, as you reach the end of the steps leading down to the Lighthouse, enjoy the view from inside the watch room of the historic Lighthouse of Point Reyes.
2. Get Active in the Bear Valley Trail