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“Neat museum and whale watching spot.”

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
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Evanston, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Neat museum and whale watching spot.”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Saw California Grey whales migrating north, as well as Minke whales and dolphin. A terrific little museum with many mementos and photos of the old Marineland.

Visited April 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A short day trip”
Reviewed April 14, 2012 via mobile

If you have a couple of hours and you are in the Palos Verdes area, you might consider visiting the point Vicente light house and interpretive center. I first toured the lighthouse which is only open the second Saturday of each month. They let you walk up about 4 flights of stairs to the top. Once at the top it's warm with the sun shining through the windows. There is a beautiful view of the ocean as well. From there, you can walk next door to the interpretive center and tour their small museum. It's kept up well and the guides are very helpful/knowledgeable. We learned about Marineland and that it used to be housed on what we now know as Terranea. The guide told us some interesting stories about Marineland and how it was basically shut down overnight. All in all it takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours (if you take your time) to tour both facilities. There is also a park outside of the interpretive center with picnic tables if you would like to have a picnic. It's a fun quick trip if you are in the area.

Thank Sungal43
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Costa Mesa, California
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A quick stop to complete the picture of Ranchos Palos Verdes”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Center itself is very small, but well kept, and very well organized, with kind people giving adequate information about the place, about Ranchos Verdes.
And... if you stay long enough at the terrace, and if you are lucky, you might see whales ( from October to April).
At the left side of the Center, you will see the lighthouse.
We stopped over for half an hour, learned quite a few things, and took a few pretty photos.

Visited March 2012
Thank HowQute
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
482 reviews
278 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 856 helpful votes
“Make sure you pull in here”
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Great views over the Pacific and southern California to the south. A nice place to go near sunset and a pretty lighthouse there too. Wide open roads to get there. About 15/20 minutes tops from the beaches of Torrance/Redondo etc. Not quite sure how far south we could make out; I'm thinking maybe Long Beach? Anyway easy to get to (Route 1). Not an all day thing, but a good half hour/40 minutes or so around sunset just watching the waves, the sunset and feeling good about the world.

Visited August 2011
Thank Antony T
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Whale Watching”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

Our little local nature center. This is a nice place to take kids.

Visited August 2011
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