Climb the Point Arena Lighthouse
Just north of the Coast Guard House is the Point Arena Lighthouse. Climb to the top, 144 steps, to fully appreciate the panoramic views of Manchester Beach and the rest of the rugged Mendocino Coast. The first lighthouse was constructed in 1870 but was devasted by the infamous 1906 earthquake. The one that stands today was built in 1908. It stands 115 feet tall, and features a First Order Fresnel Lens, over six feet in diameter and weighing more than six tons, now housed in the station's fog signal building, which also contains a museum and gift shop.