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National Parks' 'fee-free' offer falls on day Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay

Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 15:46:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Tourists and locals alike can enjoy one of San Diego's most famous landmarks Saturday for free in honor of National Public Lands Day.

The National Park Service is offering free entry at Cabrillo National Monument, and other U.S. landmarks, as part of its "fee-free" days throughout the year. The last free admission day of the year is Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Not only that, but Saturday also marks the day when Cabrillo first sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542.

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On Saturday, guests can also learn about how 16th century explorers navigated with such accurate results, or go inside the Fort Rosecrans bunkers at the site that date back to World War II. As part of the day, a volunteer event to clean up trails is also scheduled.

Visitors will without a doubt enjoy the trek to the tip of Point Loma, where a monument to the Spanish explorer sits to mark his landing at the site. Living history re-enactors will be in attendance to walk guests through the Age of Exploration.

Films are also shown daily at the monument covering Cabrillo, the lighthouse, and nearby aquatic life. And it's always a treat to walk inside the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, check out native plants, or trek down a trail to tide pools along the coast.

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And, of course, there's a magnificent view of the San Diego skyline to behold.

National Parks Day was established in 1994 and is always held on the fourth Saturday in September. The holiday marks the largest single-day volunteer effort, as landmarks invite locals out to help maintain the site and enjoy its history during various events.