San Diego With Kids: Cabrillo National Monument

On the last day of our San Deigo trip as we packed our car and ready to head North to visit Wild Animal Park, we made a quick detour to visit Cabrillo National Monument.

Mr. Rojo’s friend highly recommended us to visit the Point Loma Lighthouse. Since we started out the day early, we figured why not.

I’m glad we did

San Diego Skylines

The Cabrillo National Monument is located at the tip of Point Loma Pennisula. It provides us with a great view for the San Diego skyline even though that day it was a bit foggy (probably from dust and pollution).

View San Diego Skyline

Locals said it’s a perfect place to watch the ships as they arrive back at the port. We didn’t have time to do that but we did enjoy the view.

Cabrillo National Monument San Diego

We stopped by the Visitor Center and got the pennies pressed to add to our collection.

Cabrillo Monument Statue San Diego

Cabrillo Monument San Diego

We checked out Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Statue and took a few pictures. We even spotted a couple hikers walking along the trail.

Point Loma Lighthouse San Diego

But we didn’t walk up to the Lighthouse. Let’s just say whining ruin it all. Maybe next time!

So we got in the car and ready to head to our original destination, but I saw the sign for the Tidepool access and overlook. Another detour was called for.

Surfers in San Diego

We parked and got out to enjoy the early day at the coast. We saw several surfers braved the cold water in the early morning for the ride. Ah!! What a beauty.

View of San Diego Coast

I think we could probably spend a lot more times there if we didn’t have places to go.

Kids would love to stop by the Lighthouse, walk along the bayside trail, check out tidepool and enjoy the San Diego view.

Even with so little time there, I still think it’s a great place to visit.

Family Tips:

  • Arrive early in the morning so it won’t be too hot if you plan to hike along the trail
  • Stop by the Visitor Center to get a brochure and learn the history of the park
  • Check out the lookout points and see if they can spot any surfers
  • Wear comfortable shoes and outfit for the trail hike

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About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Wow, those pictures are amazing. I haven’t been to San Diego in years and have bookmarked this for when I return with my family!

  2. We’re on our way there next week. Thanks for the timely tip, I will certainly add it to our agenda.

  3. What great pictures Amy, I will make a stop there next time we’re in San Diego.


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