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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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Wonderful location for wedding and wedding receptionn

We live very close to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. My daughter had her wedding, reception, wedding dinner, and dance at the Interpretive Center. She and her husband... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We live very close to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. My daughter had her wedding, reception, wedding dinner, and dance at the Interpretive Center. She and her husband chose a perfect place for their wedding. The price was reasonable. I strongly recommend the Interpretive Center to anyone wanting a beautiful wedding.

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La Puente, California
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my "Go To" spot at this time of year. The whales are migrating, there are pods of dolphins passing by, an occasional seal, amazing views (you can completely see Catalina Island on a clear day) and there is so much to do right here for absolutely FREE! Have a picnic, bring the family, take a long walk along... More 

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San Jose, California
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place spend an afternoon. Museum has exhibits on local geology/geography, fossils, Native Americans, whales with a small gift shop at end. The real attractions is the Pacific Ocean. Great views of the water and some spectacular sunsets. Grey Whales are currently off the coast and it's great fun scanning the horizon looking for a whale spout... More 

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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breathtaking ocean vistas and chance to see magnificient Pacific gray whale's migrating from December through April. We were lucky to view on Dec. 31, 2015 on a wonderful clear day. There were dedicated whale watchers counting and sharing their knowledge with visitors. We did see a number of whales water spouts and heading south. The Interpretive Center highlight the history... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

This is a great place to visit. The Palo Verde Pennisula should be on your list of sights to see in Southern California. The center has a nice museum with lots of information about the area from ancient fossils to the Marineland amusement park that was built in 1954. There is a fabulous coastal path outside the center with views... More 

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Riverside, California
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Nice museum ,with an available docent , interpreting the local whaling history and the former Marineland of the Pacific. A real neat exhibit is an authentic whaleboat being restored with it's whaling equipment(harpoons etc).

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

This is unique place to see whales coming very close. Little museum will entertain not only kids, but adults as well. Lengthy path along the ocean will give good exercise and stress relief. This place is my frequent point of recharge.

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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

What a pleasant place to watch for whales and learn about the history of whaling. The outdoor decks make for a relaxing ocean viewpoint.

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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The center is great for kids to learn about whales and early inhabitatns of California. A nice little gift shop with some inexpensive items for kids.

Thank nautregal
Los Angeles, California
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96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We love the interpretive center at Palos Verdes. great museum teaching about the local marine life and history. We love to watch the members of the Cabrillo Aquarium Whale Watch census during the migration of the Grey Whales. they always spot one or more whale and help you to see for yourself. Free parking. Suggestion to pack some suntan lotion,... More 

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