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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

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Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Phone Number: 310-377-5370
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Whale Watch & Hiking Hidden Secrets

Family visited the area to see my cousin and his family, 1st week in April 2015. Beautiful views from here of the ocean and area. My understanding is Whales can be seen January... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Family visited the area to see my cousin and his family, 1st week in April 2015. Beautiful views from here of the ocean and area. My understanding is Whales can be seen January through April. We saw several Whales blowing water, binoculars helpful for closer viewing. Very interesting how they track the sightings. Great place for a picnic. small informational... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A quick drive from Redondo beach. Pack a lunch, picnic and take a hike to lighthouse. Ample parking. Whale watching from point. Can even rent huge meeting area with a breath taking view.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you are not staying at Terranea, this is a great stop, about a mile away. There are natural sand paths along the ocean for more than 4 miles that are amazing. You can walk to Terranea on the path and enjoy lunch at Nelson's or take it to the end where the beach cove is (no swimming or amenities).... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

This center is located on one of the most beautiful acreages of land along Southern California. The parking is free but get there early on weekends to secure your parking spot. The center is very interesting and contains interpretive learning about the ocean, whales and the Palos Verdes peninsula. The staff were helpful and conversive. There is also a gift... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of the most interesting and beautiful places on the Palos Verdes Pennisula is the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and it is FREE! Located near the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Palos Verdes Drive South this beautiful protected sight is a place to spend some carefree time just drinking in the beauty of the So. California Coastline. There are very... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wow, this is a must for everyone visiting the area as well as residents. Fabulous and well educated docents, lots of local flora and those whales are absolutely thrilling to watch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A beautiful park like setting complete with lighthouse, museum, gift shop and picnic tables overlooking the migratory route of Northbound whales and calves, The museum/gift shop have informative personnel to share their experiences and describe the journeys of the whale population. The lighthouse is only open one day per month we were told and if you time your visit I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It is one of the closest place to see grey whales during their migration. Because of that, there were more people outside looking at the ocean than were inside the building. Be sure to go inside though as there are great displays and information about whales as well as the entire Palos Verde area.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It is a great place to take the family for picnics, walks and whale watching especially this time of the year. The weather is always beautiful. You can see the light house from the visitors center. A small donation is always appreciated. there is a small gift shop also. Parking is plentiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I made the trip to visit Point Vicente Interpretive Center from Orange County. I would have liked to visit the lighthouse but that is only open the second Saturday of each month. As a awesome consolation we settled for the Point Vicente Interpretive Center right next to the lighthouse. This place is gorgeous! Breathtaking views of cliff sides and coast... More 

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