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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

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Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Small, but informative Ocean Center

Our day trip to Rancho Palos Verdes was primarily to visit the Point Vincente Lighthouse, but that is closed on Sundays, so we stopped in here. It is very small, but the docents... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our day trip to Rancho Palos Verdes was primarily to visit the Point Vincente Lighthouse, but that is closed on Sundays, so we stopped in here. It is very small, but the docents are chock full of information. Being that it's January, there is a good chance of seeing the whales as they migrate south. We were told that so... More 

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great place for seeing local nature and best of all whales we visited twice and saw whales pass by on both days there are whale watches there most of the time and are very knowledgeable and rally willing to share their knowledge the bird like is great many little birds ,sea birds ,fishing Cormorant s and flocks of pelicans there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to watch whales pass by, or, at least try to find them. There are always volunteers outside counting how many and which type of whales and dolphins were travelling by on any given day. The number can easily go over 30 during the winter months but we are lucky to see at least dolphins year round. The gift... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We took a walk along the easily navigable ocean view trail that led to the interpretive center. Friendly folk were watching for returning gray whales and other sea life with binoculars checked out from the front desk. A nearby board posted the recent sightings. Nice morning out, helpful docents, easy & free parking.

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Thank Martha V
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a lovely park with free parking overlooking the ocean in RPV. Many come for weddings, to whale watch or to check out the lighthouse. Bringing a picnic and enjoying the view is a great way to spend a couple of hours. We went to the museum and caught the short video offered on the history of Marineland. Since... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I have lived in LA for decades and have been to Palos Verdes many times but had never visited the Point Vicente until a year or so ago. And what a treat! Whales were passing by the point and people were counting them. Then in the center we learned not just about the whales but also the Chumash (local tribe)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Has great views of the ocean. unfortunately all parks with walking trails or pull offs in Palos Verdes have spectacular views and this one gets lost with all the competition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

One of my favorite spots to relax and enjoy the view. The Interpretive Center is a wonderful way to know the history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, but the grounds, including the lighthouse (which is only open on certain days so find out before going), can make the experience an entire afternoon. Take a blanket or use one of the... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is one of the best locations for rugged coast line with fabulous views as you stroll along the paths overlooking the Pacific. On clear days you can see for miles and at the right time of year see the whales migrating. The Interpretive Center a wealth of knowledge and great spot to educate your children in creative ways. John... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The view were spectacular and the breeze of wind blowing at you is mind peaceful feeling. We spent a week visiting LA and driving all over. This one is on top of the list, free to to come and soak it the view.

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