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The lighthouse at Point Piedras Blancas was completed in 1875 and was originally 115 feet high. The structure is now missing its lantern room and the current tower is 74 feet tall. The site has been restored recently and tours are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tours begin from the motel located 1-1/2 miles north of the light station at 9:45 A.M. Fees are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17. Children under five are free.
Adjacent to the lighthouse is one of nature’s wonders. Here since the late 1990s elephant seals have been coming ashore to give birth, mate and molt. Upwards of 4000 seals inhabit the site during the breeding season that runs from November through February. You can stop here and walk the length of the boardwalk and view life in the rookery going on several feet below. The site is open all year round with docents present every day from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. during breeding season and on weekends and holidays at other times. Parking and entrance are free.
For more information, visit piedrasblancas.org.
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