Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Point Vicente Interpretive Center offers breathtaking
ocean vistas and a chance to see the magnificent gray whale’s migration
from December to mid-May. (Whale sightings are not guaranteed but we
can guarantee you a wonderful experience at the park and in the museum.)
If no massive marine mammals are readily visible, then a pleasant, breezy
stroll along comfortable walking trails affords chance encounters with
pelicans and sea birds gliding by at eye-level. The relaxing atmosphere
of this coastal jewel encourages you to appreciate such unique plants
such as Queen Anne’s Lace, Ceanothus, and poppies
in an immaculately maintained native plant garden. Stop by for a sunset
that is perhaps unrivalled in all of Southern California for consistent
beauty. If nature inspires you to take home a memento of your coastal
visit, or you want to learn more about the gray whale, and the history,
culture, and geography of the Palos Verdes Peninsula then definitely
stop in at the Interpretive Center and gift shop after your walk. Docent-led
tours are available by calling 310-544-5349.
The expanded Interpretive Center museum highlights the
history of the Peninsula and its adjacent waters and feature exhibits
such as a sea cave, an intimate theater, life-size baby gray whale model
and more. Visitors can also experience examples of the area's unique
geology, fossils, early artifacts and a kaleidoscope of cultures, including
the Tongva Indians, Japanese farmers, Spanish ranchers, offshore Portuguese
whalers and early visionaries. The gray whale's extraordinary migration
is prominently featured throughout the Center.
Please Click Here for a photo tour of the museum and PVIC grounds.
For the 2019 Hike Schedule, please click HERE (this is a two-page PDF file with a map on the 2nd page to the park locations.) [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures].
The Sunset Room at the Interpretive Center is available
for parties or wedding receptions up to 100 guests. PVIC
also offers a venue for outdoor weddings/receptions of up to 150 guests. Please
call 310-377-5370 for information and availability.
The Gray Whale census officially starts on December
1 and officially ends on May 25. The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter sponsors the ACS/LA Census and Behavior Project in which volunteers are at the observation
deck at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center until the end of the migration
ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project has been ongoing since 1979.
||Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day & December 24 & 25
||10 AM to Dusk (no charge for parking)
| 31501 Palos Verdes Drive
West, Rancho Palos Verdes [MAP]