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5 Tips for visiting Cabrillo National Monument

We’ve told you about the Cabrillo Tidepools and taken you on a historical tour of the park. Here are five tips to help you plan your visit to Cabrillo National Monument.

  1. Prepare to pay an entrance fee. Cabrillo National Monument is a national park with entrance fees. Tip: The passenger car day pass is good for up to 7 consecutive days – just show your receipt! Visit the park fees & passes page to view options, like the Every Kid in a Park pass, which is free for all fourth-graders in the U.S.
  2. Check the tide chart before you go. Tide pools can only be explored during low tide!
  3. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It’s fun to wade in the shallow water of the tide pools, but bear in mind that you’ll be stepping on a lot of rocks too. You’ll also want comfortable clothing for walking around the park. Waterproof athletic or hiking sandals work great for both instances.
  4. Wear sunscreen! Don’t let the possible marine layer fool you into thinking that you can’t get a sunburn. 
  5. Pack water and snacks. Little (and big) explorers need nourishment. 

Looking for more things to do in Point Loma? Grab our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to Ocean Beach & Point Loma.

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