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Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Trails are open everyday from 7:00 AM to Sunset. The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area is managed by two different entities, the City of Dana Point and the Center for Natural Lands Management. It is atop the Dana Point Promontory and is...more
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34558 Scenic Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2749
+1 949-248-3527
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Interpretive Center is small inside but the outdoor space is spectacular. Walked on the trails outside the center and ended up seeing several whale blows. The scenery is fantastic, well worth the stop and short hike.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lisa O
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

A small but interesting set of displays. Three trails of varying distances- the base “Blue” trail is one mile long to some spectacular view points.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mgerhardt
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

What beautiful, unspoiled scenery! The walk is not too long and is doable for many ages. Be sure to spend time with a volunteer at the Nature Center beforehand; ours was informative about species to look out for as well as local history, and we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

This is a great little walk at 1.5 miles round trip on a dirt trail with spectacular views of the ocean. You may even see some whales breaching! Stop into the interpretive center for information on local flora and animals. It’s a great way to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DR Sorensen M
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Great views of the sunset and ocean. Nice walk around the area. Note that there are not many car parking spaces in the vicinity...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Yen Sheng C
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Small, free, small parking lot, can park and take hike to cliffs for great views. Have some great pictures of old Dana Point, 1920's

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mpk44-44
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

The headlands are just a wonderful experience for families. Easy walking, though people with balance issues might consider using walking sticks. The small museum at the trail head is very informative with excellent docents.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Small, but an important place for building awareness and appreciation of the Dana Point environment. Very helpful staff.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank funflowertrips
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Very cute interpretive center. Its run by volunteers and we were lucky to have a smart, sweet lady who clearly loved californias nature. My son is 12 and knows almost all the facts in the room, However he had a blast getting answers right and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Thedriveagain
Reviewed July 1, 2018

This is a wonderful benefit by the conserventcy and the City of Dana Point. Docent guided tours and expert information in the Center about the native wildlife and plants.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wcshepherd2
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January 18, 2016|
Response from Onehotjogger | Reviewed this property |
According to this website: funorangecountyparks NO dogs are allowed on the trails.
May 21, 2015|
Response from DanaPoint D | Property representative |
The Nature Interpretive Center and adjoining patio with views of the preserve is wheelchair accessible. However, the preserve trail is not currently accessible by wheelchair.