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Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego

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While we were staying at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, the kids noticed a beautiful lighthouse on the bluff that overlooked the waters surrounding the resort. Their curiosity continued as they began researching the lighthouse on Google during dinner at Vessel Restaurant. What I somehow never realized is that the lighthouse was located at the Cabrillo National Park and is home to the historic Cabrillo National Monument.

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Excited to explore this National Park that is so close to our home, we woke up early in the morning to explore the National Park. Admission to the National Park is $5 (cash only). Before entering the park, we paid our respects to the many fallen men and women of our military at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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Once we were inside of the National Park, we discovered that there is so much to do. We started by exploring the tide pools and cliffs inside of the park. I was a little surprised that my cell phone service somehow thought I had left the country when doing down the windy road on the side of a cliff to the tide pools.

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After spending hours exploring the cliffs and tide pools we made our way over to the visitors center and monument. The monument overlooks all of San Diego, and we got to enjoy the beautiful views of the city. According to the NPS, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo climbed out of his boat onto shore in 1542 and was the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States.

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Our kids spent hours admiring the monument, and the beautiful views of San Diego before making our way over to explore the lighthouse.

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Don’t miss sharing this important piece of history with your children while in San Diego. The Cabrillo National Park is located at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive in San Diego. I recommend bringing plenty of water, and a picnic lunch to enjoy while exploring the National Park with your children. Your family will want to spend the whole day exploring this National Park.

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