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“much better than i thought”

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
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Folsom, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“much better than i thought”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

someone with taste designed this place. it is in a great spot, with nice sea breezes, and really fits with the surroundings. it is volunteer staffed. you can rent the whole place after museum hours for weddings etc.
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Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

This beautiful park, located adjacent to the Pt. Vicente Lighthouse, offers recreational and educational opportunities to the public.
The Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10, 000 square foot newly expanded Interpretive Center, re-opened on July 15, 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April.
Los Serenos de Point Vicente is the City’s volunteer docent organization. The City trains volunteers (docents) to lead tours inside the museum at the Interpretive Center, and to lead hikes in several Peninsula locales. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call the Docent Coordinator at 310-544-5265.

The park grounds may be enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Picnic tables are available, however fires and barbecues are prohibited at this site. Dogs must be on a leash.

Museum Hours:
Daily 10am – 5pm
Park grounds open until dusk.
January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Visited June 2013
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Rancho Palos Verdes
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60 reviews
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“Palos Verdes gem”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

The interpretive center is a little gem right on the coast of the peninsula. It serves as a museum of the area as well as an official site for the count of the migration of grey whales. It's a sweet afternoon for individuals and families. Inside is a small museum that can take about 10 to minutes to go through. There are docents that provide lots of information on the local history. Outside are binoculars for viewing whatever is going on in the ocean. There are also picnic tables where you can enjoy the most gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and have a little picnic. You can take a walk on the trail and even bring our dog. It's a great way to spend a little time. We're from the area and go often, especially during February and March when the whales are migrating. You can also see dolphins. I highly recommend this bit of local Palos Verdes. It's good for families, couples or just going yourself. Good accessible parking, and - it's free. You can always make a donation, which is always greatly appreciated.

Visited March 2014
Thank Dana G
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Del Mar, California
Level 6 Contributor
496 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
“Great views & see whales from the bluff”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Stopped here on a drive along the coast to see the lighthouse and museum. Great place to just chill and watch the Gray Whales swim north (this time of year). There were volunteers counting the whales going north. Very interesting. The little museum is nice and provides some history of the area.
You don't feel like you are in the mega city of LA as you drive and stop at the shoreline parks from LA Harbor up to Hermosa Beach. Do the drive - you'll be glad you did!

Visited March 2014
Thank Travelin M
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Views! Whales! Beautiful!”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

Ahh....I must admit, we only stepped inside the (clean, welcoming) Interpretive Center to visit their (clean, open) washrooms, but we spent the better part of an hour on the grounds along with a number of people who were watching for whales ... and we had a whale sighting! Fun. Really gorgeous views, with bench seating that allows you to soak in the views! Free parking.

Visited March 2014
Thank clamc40
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Buena Park, California
Level 6 Contributor
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“Great hike and break from the city. Wonderful views and Memories of Marineland”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Stopped by on our drive along the Palo Verde peninsula. This was a beautiful spot with some great trails along the bluff. They have a little amphitheater to sit and watch for whales or dolphins.. The interpretive center was very interesting about the history of the area from the Indians to Marineland, I remember going there when I was younger. They had a great movie that brought back so many memories.. Great photo spot or for a fantastic picnic lunch!!!!

Visited March 2014
Thank Michael S
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