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Entrance fees to the Cabrillo National Monument will be waived Monday in commemoration of the 98th birthday of the National Park Service.

According to the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse will be open, and actors dressed in 1800s garb will stroll the grounds.

Besides the lighthouse, the monument at the tip of the point offers stunning views of the ocean, San Diego Bay, Coronado and downtown, as well as tide pools where marine life can be viewed.

The park is named in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who in 1542 became the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States.

The monument is San Diego’s only national park. Entrance fees at more than 400 similar locations throughout the country will be waived Monday, according to the park service.

Entrance fees at the park are normally $5 per vehicle, or $3 per person if entering while walking or riding a bicycle.

– City News Service

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