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Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Admission Fee

Accept donations for the museum


  1. Benches
  2. Gift Shop
  3. Museum
  4. Parking
  5. Picnic Areas
  6. Picnic Tables
  7. Restrooms
  8. Trails
  9. Wedding Venue
  10. Whale Watching


Park Details

This beautiful park, located adjacent to the Point 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.

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center museum and gift shop are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Lower Point Vicente is part of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. The park grounds may be enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Use of the park for recreation and picnics is available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Prior to visiting, please review the Park Rules. 

PVIC and Lower Point Vicente Park General Rules (PDF)

Point Vicente Interpretive Center Museum Brochure (PDF)


Facility Rental
This Park, with its stunning ocean view, is located on the cliffs adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse. This natural setting by the sea is a wonderful location for an outdoor wedding, reception or other special event. If you are interested in renting the facility please view the park facility rentals document (PDF) for pricing and information, or give us a call at 310-544-5375.

Are you interested in booking a wedding or event at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center? Click the button below to book a tour of the Sunset Room.

Book Sunset Room Tour

Los Serenos de Point Vicente is the docent volunteer organization. The city trains volunteers (docents) to lead tours inside the museum at the Interpretive Center and to lead hikes in several Rancho Palos Verdes locations. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call the Docent Coordinator at 310-544-5265 or visit for more information

Park Resources

For information on State Marine Conservation Areas and fishing restrictions, click here (PDF).


  1. Native Plant Garden

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  2. Sunset Room

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