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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5369
+1 310-377-5370
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Docent Tour & Gift Shop

Take a walk along the cliffs, admire the lighthouse, snap some pictures, then take a docent tour to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
LivPurple
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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Beautiful place

This is one of my favorite places in California. It is absolutely beautiful. Make sure to check out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
oopshan
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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  • Average3%
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“whale watching” (37 reviews)
“small museum” (14 reviews)
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31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5369
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+1 310-377-5370
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"whale watching"
in 37 reviews
"interpretive center"
in 40 reviews
"small museum"
in 14 reviews
"local history"
in 12 reviews
"see whales"
in 10 reviews
"the cliff"
in 13 reviews
"grey whales"
in 7 reviews
"point vicente"
in 12 reviews
"beautiful park"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 9 reviews
"day trip"
in 5 reviews
"free parking"
in 8 reviews
"museum is free"
in 3 reviews
"helpful docents"
in 3 reviews
"great place to picnic"
in 3 reviews
"fresh air"
in 3 reviews
"migration season"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Take a walk along the cliffs, admire the lighthouse, snap some pictures, then take a docent tour to learn more about the area & it’s history. There’s a gift shop with unique finds, a drinking fountain, and a restroom inside. This is also a great...More

Thank LivPurple
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite places in California. It is absolutely beautiful. Make sure to check out the sunset there. You definitely will not regret it. Not much of sand beach, but the cliffs are gorgeous. The lighthouse is great but I don’t think...More

Thank oopshan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked up the Interpretive Center to learn more about the area and I was charmed. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable and for a small place, they had a lot on both natural history and human history. Also, an adorable gift shop. Highly recommend...More

Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Small museum with helpful docents and exhibits including marine fossils, skeletons, and displays of land and sea creatures. Beautiful walks along the cliffs including views of the Point Vincente Lighthouse and for whale watching in season. Bring binoculars.

Thank SandyRiver
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Every bench, stone plate seems to be donated, initially fascinating, later a bit tiring.By judging by the billboard outside it is a place where you have great opportunities to see mammals at sea, please take binoculars.Beautiful walk along a coastline with a high fall height...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

The center has some interesting displays on the history of the land (we had no idea Marine Land used to be at this location!) and on the ecosystems in the area. Good historical explanations. Helpful staff.

Thank MBDinNJ
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

I had been doing business in Torrance and kept looking up at Palos Verdes. I finally had some time in the afternoon and took a ride up the hill to see what I was missing. I am glad I did! I stopped up at Point...More

Thank FundDude
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is a small, quiet facility located along the coast of the Pacific ocean situated between Redondo Beach and San Pedro quite near the resort of Terranea. It has a small wonderfully outfitted museum with artifacts from the area including history...More

Thank Travel-Fan-10101
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Small but interesting museum, and a great spot to watch whales and dolphins. Even if you don't see any creatures, you can enjoy them vicariously through the museum and the chalk board that keeps track of the # and types of creatures seen that day...More

Thank johnpw
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Visited with a group of friends after a night out drinking at a wedding. Great, fun and free activity to do with family and friends!

Thank Amilcar G
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Serapheve
7 January 2018|
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Response from HappyNorwegians | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I am Sorry but I do not know the answer to this. I would take the advice of the poster above and call Centre. There are also whale watching tours available from different beaches/piers. Start with Long Beach and... More
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Carole S
7 January 2017|
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Response from MYMOMJANIE | Reviewed this property |
My best guess would be maybe 4 per day in December. Sightings start to pick up in January. For more accurate information, you might try checking with the American Cetacean Society
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Mikki P
23 May 2015|
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Response from Gerald S | Reviewed this property |
Terranea is literally walking distance (although along a main road), about half a mile or so. Most people would drive. Terrific, although pricey resort. A number of less expensive hotels are in Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan... More
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