Peek at the Past Tour at Piedras Blancas Light Station


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Celebrate National Lighthouse Day with the Peek at the Past Tour at Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Simeon.



“On August 7, 1789 the US government took over responsibility for building and maintaining our nation’s lighthouses. Two hundred years later, in recognition of the signing of the Lighthouse Act by President George Washington, US Congress designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.” –Bureau of Land Management California


This year the Piedras Blancas Light Station will celebrate National Lighthouse Day this Saturday, August 3, with their Peek at the Past Tour. Visitors will go back in time and engage with guides and assistants, adorned in period attire, portraying life at the light station in the early 1900s. Tours meet at the former Piedras Blancas motel, located 1.5 miles north of the Light Station at 9:45 a.m.


The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a 100-foot-high lighthouse—built in 1875—that guided ships along the Central Coast of California for 100 years. The lighthouse went unmanned in 1975 when it was automated. It wasn’t until 2001 where the Bureau of Land Management California began restoring the light station and grounds. (


The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a refurbished California rarity—take a step back in time and celebrate National Lighthouse Day at one of the area’s most beloved landmarks.


*Photo taken by Joe Johnston / taken from



Location: 15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452

Admission: $10 Adults; $5 Ages 6-17

Phone: 805.927.3719

E-mail: [email protected]




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