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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A Must See Photo Spot

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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dallas
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61 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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Sacramento, Ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Center is a fount of knowledge and information about local history, plants, geology, cultural history and whales. The docents are knowledgable and eager to show you around. The Grey Whale Census is taken here every year from December to May and the views are amazing! Best of all, it's free (so please donate).

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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Excellent view of lighthouse from here, there are trails if you want to go on a mini hike...also grassy area to have a small picnic facing the ocean....people also come here for whale watching

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Palos Verdes, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Wonderful cliff side walking paths with tremendous views of the coastline, Catalina & Pt Vicente Lighthouse. The interpretive center is an hour well spent learning about some of Palos Verdes history and whales. Picnic tables are scattered around.

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