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“Great during whale watching season”

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great during whale watching season”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

The trails surrounding the site are great for strolling, bird watching and enjoying the ocean view. I love watching the brown pelicans skim over the water. This is a popular dog walking location, too.

The Center has good information regarding the whales that pass along the California coast. The best part are the volunteers that come to observe and count the whales as they migrate. They're friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about whales!

Visited June 2012
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Brookfield, Connecticut
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“Great views and nice info about Marineland”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

This is a nice stop to enjoy the ocean and learn more about what Marineland was like before it was closed. There are great vistas as well as nice park areas.

Visited May 2012
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Evanston, Illinois
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“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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35 reviews
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“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.

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Costa Mesa, California
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91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“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
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