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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

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Great Place To Watch The Ocean...And Then Walk To Terranea Resort

Great views from the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. With your back to civilization it feels as if... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Richard K
Must see Interpretive Center

A beautiful setting, ample parking, lots of walking paths overlooking the ocean. Whale watching... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 December 2014

California Gray Whale watching season started Dec. 1 and continues until next May. There are volunteer whale counters gathered on the terrace (from sunrise to sunset) next to the amphitheater, watching/counting the gray whales migrating from Alaska to Baja California. The interpretive center is an...More

4  Thank Margaret Y
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 February 2008

The "museum" itself is actually quite small and doesn't have much, but it's right above the cliffs and has amazing views of the peninsula. December through April is whale watching season and there are often a few sightings a day during those times, but you...More

2  Thank mstinawu
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Great views from the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. With your back to civilization it feels as if you are in a remote location.

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

A beautiful setting, ample parking, lots of walking paths overlooking the ocean. Whale watching from December to March. The Interpretative Center is so beautiful and full of history and fun facts. I especially like the Marine World exhibit.

Thank mary_A_0617
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Having skipped Palos Verdes and Ranchos Palos Verdes on prior visits to L.A., this visit I took an entire morning to see the spectacular coastline and get a sense of these communities. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is a great place to spend some time...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

A must see for whale watchers between December and May! We took visiting friends to Pt Vicente during their April visit and saw three pairs of breaching cows/calves. The daily volunteers during whale migration season are engaging and informative. There is a chart posted daily,...More

1  Thank OKgirl M
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

The trails are just stunning. I recommend bringing a light cardigan, as it tends to be breezy. The whales travel here during December through March. The best part is that it’s free!!!

Thank luisblas74
Reviewed 21 August 2018

enjoy the hike, the museum, and the ocean air. Oh yeah, its all free, enjoy that too. Have yet to see a whale here but will keep trying

Thank Douglas William M
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Love the museum. This is a hidden gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It’s really a must see. The grounds are beautiful. Right on the ocean!

Thank GretaGarboFranklyn
Reviewed 5 August 2018

YES, stop here. Picnic. Look around. Enjoy the scenic beauty and be careful because it's a natural area and there may be snakes.. but go!!

Thank Lin V
Reviewed 24 July 2018

The day before we were flying home, my partner and I parked up and visited the Interpretive centre. Not very large, but interesting for an hour. We then walked out along the cliff path to the lighthouse, unfortunately we weren't there on a day that...More

1  Thank susieb20
Reviewed 17 July 2018

The Interpretive Center is o.k. Look for fossils in the shale floors and walls. The ocean views are awesome. Great place for a family picnic.

Thank davidkoch2017
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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
Carole S
7 January 2017|
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
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