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San Diego - Point Loma

  Cabrillo National Monument In Sept., 1542, the explorer Juan Cabrillo entered San Diego Bay, stayed for a few days, then sailed up the coast. He was the first European to arrive at the west coast of the United States.
    Cabrillo Statue and Visitor Center – At the Visitor Center, watch a film about Cabrillo and look at the exhibits about early explorations. On a clear day, you'll have stunning view of San Diego harbor from the Visitor Center.
Lighthouse
    Old Point Loma Lighthouse – In the days of the sailing ships, the lighthouse was an important beacon for ships entering San Diego Harbor. In the lighthouse, see how the 19th century lighthouse keeper and family lived, with kerosene lamps, compact rooms for the kids. Climb up the lighthouse stairs, to see the powerful lens that sent out that bright beacon of light into the foggy darkness.
      Bayside Trail – Stretch your legs on this two mile loop trail that meanders around the point, with views in all direction of the harbor and Pacific Ocean. You'll also see remains of concrete station bunkers for the big W.W.II guns.
    Whale Overlook – Each year, from December to March, you can watch the migration of the gray whales. Bring your binoculars, to try to spot these wonderful creatures – they're covered with barnacles. If you don't spot any whales, the exhibit at the overlook has a model of a gray whale mother and calf.
    Tide pools – The tide pools are just a fascinating place to explore, entire miniature worlds, inhabited with tiny marine life. Look for shore crabs, sea anemones and bat stars.
      Military History Exhibit – After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the navy beefed up the defenses on Point Loma, installing big six and sixteen inch guns at Fort Rosecrans. The exhibit documents the coastal defenses on Point Loma and gives you a feel of the war time scene – blackouts for the residents and rumors that the enemy had landed in Malibu.
   

Shelter Island Park – The long promenade on Shelter Island Park is a peaceful spot to watch the boats go by. Bring a picnic, play in the playground, or just run around on the grass.

   

La Playa Beach (Kellogg's Beach) – This is the perfect bayside beach for families, especially with little ones. Flat sand beach, play in the water (no waves), bring a picnic supper. Beach is located between McCall and Kellogg's Streets.

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 In One Tidepool - kids books San Diego  
In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails
Anthony D. Fredericks, Jennifer DiRubbio

Rhyming descriptions and up-close illustrations of creatures you'll see in the tidepools in San Diego – barnacles, sea anemones, tiny fish, snails, hermit crabs. " A group of snails with spiral hats, glide across the bumps and flats." (Picture book)

 

     
Lighthouses for Kids
Katherine L. House

An illustrated history of lighthouses, including the Point Loma lighthouse, true stories of keepers' kids, types and construction of lighthouses, plus 21 activities (such as make a model lighthouse, solar marshmallow roaster, or lighthouse cake). Good for older kids. (Activity book)

 

 
Lighthouses for Kids
(More children's books on other San Diego pages)
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