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“Beautiful spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
310-377-5370
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Type: Museums, Landmarks
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Orange, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The museum (old Marineland artifacts and sea life information) and gift shop are interesting and the grounds are beautiful. Parking is free and it is dog friendly - bring a picnic. Do not miss the whale watching - the fence posts are numbered and the volunteers will announce what fence post to look towards - so that everyone has a good chance of seeing these magnificent creatures. Gray whales migrate from December to early May.

Visited March 2013
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Fountain Valley, California
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“You'll love the Marineland memories”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The views from the property are stunning. The staff is very willing to share their knowledge with you. We visited Marineland growing up and loved the room devoted to the former park, from photos to a dolphin stroller.

Visited March 2013
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Limerick, Ireland
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“Bit of History!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I called into see the Center which is located next to the Lighthouse. No charge to enter but a donation is appreciated. I was here 15 years ago and got a great lesson on the geography of the Los Angeles basin and Palos Verdes. This time around I was not dissapointed and really enjoyed seeing old memorabilia of Marineland which was located next door until that closed in the 80's. Beautiful views and calmness outside. This is a real nice place to go and see.

Visited September 2012
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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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“Talk to the whale census takers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

They are dedicated and conversational. Sign their guest book and bring your binoculars during the annual migration. Palos Verde is gorgeous and one can imagine the locals like to keep it their own secret.

At the Interp. Center there's plenty to do. Find our about the history inside the museum. Be sure and take advantage of the very cool gift shop. Hike down to the tidal pools then just a drive up the road to the Wayfarers Chapel.

We really enjoyed this gem.

Visited March 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Ocean lover's paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I only recently discovered the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center, yet I've lived nearby most of my life. Parking is easy and wasn't too crowded when I went (mid-day on a Friday). The location and views are excellent for whale-watching, and there are picnic facilities for lunch with a view. Inside of the interpretive center there are educational displays about the history of whaling, biology of whales and kelp forests. Best of all (for me!), is that there is an area dedicated to Marineland of the Pacific which used to be nearby. Seeing the "artifacts" from Marineland really took me back and reminded me just how much of my appreciation for the ocean and marine life came from visits to Marineland in my youth. There is also a mini-movie theater type of area that shows a looping video about whales and migration up/down the Pacific coast, and if you ask the staff, they will pop in a Marineland video as an alternative.

Aside from the educational aspects of the place and the amazing views for whale watching, there is also an amphitheater and a banquet area with patio (ocean view) that can be rented out for weddings or other events after 5pm when the interpretive center closes. What a prime location to enjoy!

Visited March 2013
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