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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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A local treasure.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
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Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My wife and I arrived at 2:30 and saw one right away... 37 by the time we left. Bring camera, binoculars and a jacket if you come in January. Safe, beautiful and peaceful..... Dogs allowed!

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Surviving off of donations, this little infoseum has displays of native American, prehistoric, geologic, and cultural histories of the area. Very enjoyable exhibit, and equally enjoyable patio for whale watching. I come often as I live close by, and it's always fun. Great gift shop also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Great location for whale watching when grey whales are migrating. The center is informative and the exhibits are well laid out. It is definitely worth a visit. There are places to picnic and a lovely, well-maintained walking trail along the coastline.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

California Gray Whale watching season started Dec. 1 and continues until next May. There are volunteer whale counters gathered on the terrace (from sunrise to sunset) next to the amphitheater, watching/counting the gray whales migrating from Alaska to Baja California. The interpretive center is an interesting museum showing the early history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula featuring prominent pioneering families,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Excellent museum which teaches about history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The geology, the Native Americans, the sea-life, and a lot about the history of Marineland which was a wonderful place. You can whale-watch from the terrace. Great trails to hike on in the area, and nearby is the Point Vicente Lighthouse.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Well put together and interesting for the visitor. Not a vast display, but what there is, is of interest. It is from this point each year that a group of local ladies count the whales migrating northwards. A fabulous location to sit and watch the sunset. On our visit we saw whale flumes out at sea - where the whales... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

They opened this place a few years back and recently visited it ourselves. Loved it! Lots of local history on display. Also a good place to whale watch in season (Nov-April). Fun day for the family.

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