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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

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Address: 31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5369
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+1 310-377-5370
10:00 - 17:00
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Whale watching!

We have come here several times. Always amazing views of the California coast. Gorgeous location! We saw three gray whales on our last visit. The whale watchers at the center... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have come here several times. Always amazing views of the California coast. Gorgeous location! We saw three gray whales on our last visit. The whale watchers at the center will gladly point them out to you. Very neat history museum inside. People are pleasant and helpful. Worth the stop!

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful park with nice Oceanside walking trails. Volunteer whale watcher tallying whales transiting through are helpful in spotting the behemoths. Small museum provides info about the area.

Thank Ray D
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Excellent walking trail atop beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean... and if you pay attention you just might see a whale or two ( we spotted 3 within our first hour). You can borrow binoculars at the center ( I think it's free too!). Lots of great info. In the center but the real attraction is outsid, enjoying the ocean breeze... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Amazing location to view waves crashing on the cliffs. Enjoy the long hiking trails along the cliffs. Telescopes are available for whale watching. Very popular spot for whale watching. Great for being alone, couples or friends and family picnics in the shade or in the sun. Beautiful light house right next door. Point Vicente also offers a marine and local... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The views from the grounds of this tiny museum are unbeatable. The tiny museum itself is very visual, interesting for young, old and all in between. Fantastic place to plan a small, romantic picnic (they would frown on anything much bigger). During whale migration season, trained hobbiests keep vigilant watch and count for passing whales, it's fun to strike up... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

As a local hiker, I enjoy my trek through the trails near the Interpretive center. The whale watchers who station themselves there on a daily basis from dusk to dawn(Dec-May)are always so helpful to explain their mission, their sightings, and any questions I had about whales and the other various creatures they have spotted. I am one of those folks... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I was pleasantly greeted by the friendly docents when I entered the museum. One of them offered to give me a free tour, which I accepted, and explained the exhibits in detail. The museum displays the local history, including Native American culture and traditions.

Thank worldtraveler267
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We take the trail lead to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The volunteers there are very knowlegable and it is a great place to take the kids.

Thank cjean168
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We are locals and go to "The Point" many times a week. Whale watching has become one of our favorite pass times. The little museum and gift shop inside is wonderful! It offers the history of the peninsula and is very interesting. The gift shop has a great little variety of collectibles to purchase- from books to art and jewelry.... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Took my 4 year old twin granddaughters there, once again, to see the fisheys. They love the place and always want to go and see the "big" whale.

Thank RPVWilly

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