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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Phone Number: 310-377-5370
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Landmarks
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Type: Museums, Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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 attraction reviews
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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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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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New york
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125 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is the first time I been this part of Greater LA. The drive with the ocean view was amazing ona Sunny afternoon. We did not visit the Center. But there was a trail along the cliff which was very nice to have a leisiurely walk or run. The scenery is beautiful with the view of the light house at... More 

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GTA, Ontario, Canada
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a free attraction. ***The staff and volunteers are amazing. Had so many interesting facts! Many Many thanks to all! We spent part of a wonderful morning here. Watched some of the movies which were very interesting...about the area, etc. Much information about the Pacific gray whales. As the whales go by, they are counted from this site. We... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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
36 helpful votes 36 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
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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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