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The Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Whales, pretty spot, picnic, clean restrooms.

YES, stop here. Picnic. Look around. Enjoy the scenic beauty and be careful because it's a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lin V
Los Angeles, California
'Beautiful area'

The day before we were flying home, my partner and I parked up and visited the Interpretive centre... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Helston, United Kingdom
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31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5369
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 23 June 2018 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
Reviewed 18 June 2018 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
Reviewed 4 June 2018

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
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
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

1  Thank Phayao13
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
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

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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