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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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bring a picnic

Sunset magazine did a day trip review about a year or so ago. I have been there many times and brought a friend to see it two weeks ago. On the site of the old Marineland and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Sunset magazine did a day trip review about a year or so ago. I have been there many times and brought a friend to see it two weeks ago. On the site of the old Marineland and taken care by the Palos Verdes land conservancy. There is a flat hiking trail along the cliffs over the beach that goes about... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

small museum, lovely gift shop, great views of the Pacific and a wonderful little park next door on which to spread a blanket and read a book. Heaven on the edge of the Pacific.

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This was a highlight of our trip - very interesting, a docent gave the history of the area and of whaling, the wildlife, etc., all with a delightful French accent! It is located in a beautiful spot, a perfect spot for sighting whales, but we didn't see anything during our late afternoon visit. No admission fee - you must stop... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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Address: Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Phone Number: 310-377-5370
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Rancho Palos Verdes
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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