National Park Service turns 100, entrance fees waived

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SAN DIEGO -- The Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma has a full schedule of events Thursday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

San Diego boy celebrates National Park Service turning 100. (Debora Petersen)

San Diego boy celebrates National Park Service turning 100. (Debora Petersen)

President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the NPS on this day in 1916. The agency serves as caretaker for more than 400 sites.

Local events are scheduled to begin at the monument at 9:30 a.m. with a presentation of colors and welcoming address by park Superintendent Andrea Compton. Among other things, cake will be served at 11 a.m., and a guided tour will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Cabrillo National Monument features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Coronado and downtown San Diego, is home to the Point Loma Lighthouse and serves as the entrance to the Point Loma tide pools.

The facility is open daily from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Entrance fees will be waived Thursday through Sunday.