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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 emailing hikes@rpvca.gov.

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 complete 2019 Hike Schedule and maps, please click HERE; for the 2020 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 310‑544‑5375 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 period. The ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project has been ongoing since 1979.

2018-2019 Whale Census

Southbound
543
Northbound
1612
Total
2155
Cow/calves southbound
24
Cow/calves northbound
37
 
Hours:
Museum Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day & December 24 & 25
Park Grounds 10 AM to Dusk (no charge for parking)
Location/Contact
     31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes  [MAP]
    310‑544‑5375
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