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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous views, interesting exhibits of marine mammals and early inhabitants of the area. Well done short documentary films by Junior Docents, including one on the history of Japanese farmers who produced remarkable crops on the PV Peninsula. Their unpleasant fate re internment camps was a bit glossed over; should have been explained in more detail. Nice gift shop, free parking,... More

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Deadwood, South Dakota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Take any excuse you get to do the drive around the Palos Verdes peninsula. And going to Point Vicente is a good enough excuse. It's a small nature center but kids may like it. However, there's a cliff-top trail with the blue Pacific crashing onto rocks below, and nice shaded picnic tables and trees for the kids to climb.

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Folsom, California, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

someone with taste designed this place. it is in a great spot, with nice sea breezes, and really fits with the surroundings. it is volunteer staffed. you can rent the whole place after museum hours for weddings etc. from their website... Point Vicente Interpretive Center: This beautiful park, located adjacent to the Pt. Vicente Lighthouse, offers recreational and educational opportunities... More

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Rancho Palos Verdes
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The interpretive center is a little gem right on the coast of the peninsula. It serves as a museum of the area as well as an official site for the count of the migration of grey whales. It's a sweet afternoon for individuals and families. Inside is a small museum that can take about 10 to minutes to go through.... More

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San Diego, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
38 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stopped here on a drive along the coast to see the lighthouse and museum. Great place to just chill and watch the Gray Whales swim north (this time of year). There were volunteers counting the whales going north. Very interesting. The little museum is nice and provides some history of the area. You don't feel like you are in the... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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109 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Ahh....I must admit, we only stepped inside the (clean, welcoming) Interpretive Center to visit their (clean, open) washrooms, but we spent the better part of an hour on the grounds along with a number of people who were watching for whales ... and we had a whale sighting! Fun. Really gorgeous views, with bench seating that allows you to soak... More

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Buena Park, California
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stopped by on our drive along the Palo Verde peninsula. This was a beautiful spot with some great trails along the bluff. They have a little amphitheater to sit and watch for whales or dolphins.. The interpretive center was very interesting about the history of the area from the Indians to Marineland, I remember going there when I was younger.... More

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Orange County California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was a great way to finish our trip. We whale watched out on the deck out back, and did a fantastic tour inside with a lot of the old Marineland memorabilia.

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Eldersburg, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Enjoyed touring the center to get a better perspective of the history of the area! The volunteers there are very knowledgeable and clearly enjoy being ambassadorts to their locale. Spoke to the whale counter who were set up on the patio and saw whales spouting!

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Los Angeles, California, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This place is so amazing! The beach is so beautiful~ You can just walk along the path and enjoy the wind and the sun. Extremely photogenic place. Also, I think you can spot dolphins. Easy to find and easy to park :)

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