SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - It is National Lighthouse Day and San Luis Obispo County residents have not one, but two nationally recognized historic lighthouses to visit.
The Point San Luis Lighthouse just north of Avila Beach was first used on June 30, 1890 and has been active ever since. The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers maintain the property and National Historic Landmark. It is open for tours and events.
Trolley tours are offered all year-round on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tours are $20 for adults, $15 for children, and kids younger than three are free. Tickets can be bought online.
The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a little more than 10 miles north of Cambria along historic Highway 1. Opened in 1875, the lighthouse was built to warn ships of the rock coastline. The property is next to a wildlife sanctuary where elephant seals can be seen all year long.
Tours of the historic park are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and kids five and younger are free. Tickets can be bought online here.
KCOY's Michael Colaianni toured the Point San Luis Lighthouse Monday and will have a report on the role lighthouses have played along the Central Coast tonight at 5 p.m.