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“GREAT for Palos Verdes history and ocean views/whale watching”

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
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Palos Verdes, CA
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“GREAT for Palos Verdes history and ocean views/whale watching”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This sight is truly a JEWEL of our area.
It is well placed for incredible views of the Ocean (Pacific, of course), Catalina Island, whales & dolphins during parts of the year. The facility houses many artifacts of the Palos Verdes peninsula and more, including a very nice, comprehensive movie of the history of the area too.

Visited February 2013
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Palos Verdes, CA
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A Relaxing Afternoon”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful location - it has it all: view of the ocean, a great trail that parallels the coast line, and a wonderful interpretive center that features nice indoor displays of local history and biological marine life. Children will love it here as well as adults. It also has a nice gift shop - great for picking up a souvenir or a little gift to send to a relative who lives away from an ocean. Plenty of free parking.

Visited July 2013
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Downey, California
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This stop was worth the visit. Stop and chat with the friendly diehard whale watchers. Have a picnic. Tak photos and just Relax

Visited April 2013
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Torrance, California
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Whales, pelicans & dolphins oh my!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This lovely little jewel offers education on the inside, stunning views on the outside and animal sightings of all kinds. Hike the trails in either direction along the bluffs, bring your dog, bring a picnic, bring your binoculars (seriously!). Watch where you step - I've even seen rattlesnakes. I especially love visiting the back patio and chatting with the volunteers counting the whales - they'll let you know when & where if any are in the area & receive communications from boats and pilots up & down the coast so they are hooked up with information. The museum itself is a great place to start for a general history of the area and what type of marine & animal life you can expect on the outside. It's fascinating to think of the native Indians who enjoyed this lovely spot long before today. They have well informed and enthusiastic docents & it is free. The gift shop has many unique & relevant items. Note that this is the tip of a peninsula, thus the lighthouse next door - this geographic feature makes it a unique and very beautiful location. The cliffs are about 200' above the tide pools and the breaking waves can be dramatic on a high surf day. Warning - don't get locked in, pay attention to the parking lot closing times which vary by season. Not open major holidays. Don't forget the hat & sunscreen - you could play here all day!!

Visited April 2013
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Sydney Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Information re the surroundings and fossils”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Informative and well presented, excellent examples of fossils,
Whale watching and information. A History of the area, examples of fossils found, information concerning all forms of relevant sea life, rocks, cliffs, excavation, history. A discussion of the progress of the area and the people and development to the present.

Visited April 2013
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