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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 watchers dream

Whale watching is lots of fun, easy hiking trails and picnic area. Free parking. There is a small museum inside and they accept donations but there is no admission fee.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Whale watching is lots of fun, easy hiking trails and picnic area. Free parking. There is a small museum inside and they accept donations but there is no admission fee.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Lovely drive along the coast road from Redondo Beach brings you a beautiful spot with free parking and wonderful close views of migrating whales. Real gem and the highlight of our holiday. Many thanks to Joyce and Judd who explained the whale migration to us and were great at pointing out both the passing whales and more common dolphins so... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is one of the places I bring all visitors to the Peninsula. The docents are very knowledgeable, hikes are great, whale counts are done daily during season, history of former Marineland and more. Plan to spend time and bring a picnic lunch or travel down the road to Terranea and have lunch at Nelson's.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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