Charm of Point Bonita Lighthouse

Our trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse was nothing short of magical. Point Bonita Lighthouse is a navigational aid and a historical beacon, guiding ships since 1855 through the Golden Gate straits. The lighthouse is an integral part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Although on this occasion we found the lighthouse closed, it’s still worthwhile to plan a visit.

The hours of operation from September to May are Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. During the summer months of June to August, it’s open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on weekends and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Mondays. Keep in mind the lighthouse closes promptly at 3:20 pm, and it’s advised to arrive well before the last entry time to ensure you can visit.

Also, be aware that it’s closed on certain holidays and can shut down for inclement weather, especially when winds exceed 30 mph.

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot that captures the essence of the Bay Area’s maritime history and offers a glimpse into the rugged beauty of the California coast, Point Bonita Lighthouse is the place to be!


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