For many years the Point Fermin Lighthouse has been at the top of my list as “one of the places I need to visit.” I have always been interested in history, so naturally I gravitated to this historic structure. Yet having always lived so close, literally down the street, I tended to always put off my visit, until recently. One day, on a whim, I decided to catch a tour not really knowing what I was in store for. Luckily everything worked out well but if you are not the type of person to be so spontaneous, here is what you need to know as a first time visitor.
Nestled in a park on the sleepy coast of San Pedro, the Point Fermin Lighthouse is one of the oldest standing structures in the city. Built in 1874, the lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a testament to the pioneering of the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Point Fermin Lighthouse Society and the city of Los Angeles, the structure is open to the public.
Every Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00; 2:00, and 3:00pm visitors are welcome to join a guided tour lead by a friendly volunteer. With a quick introduction guests embark on a 30 minute to one-hour tour; depending on the diligence of the guide and interest of the group. So if you are looking for an interactive and enriching experience do not be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS!
As the tour begins you will be first acquainted with the surrounding grounds and given a detailed history of the structure. As the group makes their way into the lighthouse you are led room by room through the four-story structure. Filled with unique artifacts and antiques, visitors make their way into the lighthouse and are led room-by-room up the four-story structure. The end of the tour culminates at the top of the lighthouse where visitors find stunning, unobstructed 360-degree views.
When planning your visit please keep in mind that the tour includes climbing various narrow staircases. Comfortable shoes are a must and flip-flops are not recommended. Also, although this is a family friendly activity children under 40 inches will not be permitted. So keep the little ones at home. Tours also only accommodate up to six people, any groups larger than that may be split if another volunteer is readily available. Admission is always free, although a small donation of any denomination is requested and appreciated!
Once you have departed from your tour, take some time to explore the coast or enjoy a leisurely walk down Paseo del Mar. You may even want to stop by the Corner Store, a local market and eatery located just a few blocks northwest of Point Fermin Park. Whether you are in need of a refreshment or snack, The Corner Store offers and array of unique sodas and candies to choose from. If you need something of more subsistence, try one of their freshly made sandwiches, burgers, pastries, or soups. If nothing else, simply stop by to view the locally produced artwork adorning the walls!
How to get there and other info
Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum
Location: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar San Pedro, CA 90731
Telephone: (310) 241-0684
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Tours Times: 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Admission: FREE (donations are welcomes)
The Corner Store
Address: 1118 W 37th Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Telephone: (310) 832-2424
Hours: Daily 7 am- 6 pm
Pet Friendly: YES!