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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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You don't have to take a boat ride to see whales

Wonderful whale-counting station with an informative museum that will lend you binoculars. In the whale-counting season, which begins in December, talk to the fabulously... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful whale-counting station with an informative museum that will lend you binoculars. In the whale-counting season, which begins in December, talk to the fabulously knowledgable, obsessed whale-counters who volunteer due to their passion.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stop by in early August and kids really enjoy the museum and video in the interpretive center. The volunteers are very helpful explain and answer our question to get to know more local history and environmental life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a low-key, fun place for kids and adults alike. The small (free) museum is fun and the gift shop has some nice, eclectic toys, jewelry, books, etc. Visitor can borrow binoculars (for free as well) to go out and watch the whales, dolphins, seals, etc. go by. Even of you don't spot anything, it is fun to chat... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The reason for coming here is the top of the cliff view of the Pacific ocean. There is a small 'interpretive center' which is worth about 15 minutes of your time. A nice stop when you are driving on Palos Verdes Drive South to enjoyy the ocean and Catalina views.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We've been here as a family almost a dozen times and it never gets boring. The docents are nice and knowledgable and they've got a variety of different exhibits from ancient fossils to native americans to Marine World. Easy parking, a great place for a picnic, and you can often see whales just off shore.

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San Pedro, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Based in the Pt Vincente parkland it's a well rounded exhibition of local history carefully curated to display a cross section of local archeological history, a nice place to visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Beautiful views, one of the best beach vistas in Southern California. There's a well-maintained trail that runs along the bluffs, southward from the lighthouse. There is no beach access, though people still will brave the steep cliff face to get down somehow - NOT safe. This is a great place to picnic and take a relaxing stroll. You can pick... More 

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Palos Verdes Estates, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Good place to bring your friends and a great place for children of all ages. It is a learning experience.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Go find the volunteers who are counting whales from October through March -- and many other months, too. They'll let you know what they've seen that day: whales, dolphins, otters, sea lions, etc. Great picnic spot, too -- and you can hike for miles on the trails that connect here.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful place for a scenic walk, whale viewing, picnic or just photographing the sunset. The displays inside the center and quite interesting and for some of us bring back memories of when Marineland was there.

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