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Places to Visit on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Places to Visit 

Abalone Beach and Ecological Reserve ~ You can find coastal sage scrub, the California Gnatcatcher, the Cactus Wren and tide pools here. Swimming and picnic areas are available but there are NO fires or dogs allowed. Parking is $5.00 and covers access to the reserve. 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-377-1222.

Angel’s Gate Cultural Center ~ The spectacular panoramic views of the coastline and Santa Catalina Island from the grassy cliffs of this 64-acre park are breathtaking. There is a children’s play area, basketball court, soccer field, and recreation center. The Olympic-sized swimming pool is open July through August. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, 310-519-0936. 

The Banning Museum ~ This 23 room 1864 Greek Revival home was the residence of General Phineas Banning, who is considered the Father of the Los Angeles Harbor. See life as it was lived over 100 years ago. Visit the Stagecoach Barn with carriages that belonged to the Banning family, see a one room school house and enjoy the Howard Rose Garden. Guided tours run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. We are open Saturday and Sunday with tours at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. A donation of $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 12 and under is requested. Please call the Museum 310-548-7777 for further information or visit our website http://www.thebanningmuseum.org/. The Banning Museum, 401 E. “M” St., Wilmington.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium ~ Come and explore the largest collection of Southern California marine life on exhibit in the world. Located just steps from the ocean on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Open Tuesday-Friday, year-round from noon - 5 p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Explore the diversity of our local sea life through aquaria, interpretive displays, Aquatic Nursery, Exploration Center, outdoor Tidepool Touchtank, and state of the art Marine Research Library. Suggested donation: $1.00 children and seniors, $5.00 adults. Call or visit our website for more information about our many seasonal activities i.e. whale watching, "Meet the Grunion Nights", Fall Fiesta, Whale Fiesta and Earth Day Celebration. Visit our marine themed gift shop/bookstore for unique and reasonably priced gifts. Metered beach parking is $1.00 per hour. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro -310- 548-7562. http://www.cabrilloaq.org/


The Gazebo at Roessler Point ~
The Gazebo at Roessler Point is located in Palos Verdes Estates. The entrance is at the northwest end of the parking lot for Malaga Cove School (Paseo Del Mar and Via Arroyo). The Gazebo has a spectacular view of the coastline Queen’s Necklace all the way around to Malibu. The sunsets are fabulous. If you want to walk down on the beach, the path is just to the right.

Los Angeles Maritime Museum ~ This museum provides a voyage into the history of Los Angeles Harbor, including exhibits on fishing, canning, diving, the Navy, and sailors' art, a radio station, and the Sea Chest gift shop. Group tours available by appointment. Website: www.lamaritimemuseum.org. Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00, Children, free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5; Closed Mondays and all Major Holidays. Berth 84 at the foot of 6th Street, San Pedro, 310-548-7618.


Point Vicente Interpretive Center ~ A premiere gray whale watching site, the Interpretive Center is located next to the Point Vicente Lighthouse, and boasts magnificent ocean views and sunset vistas. This location is the perfect place to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale as it makes its way from the frigid Arctic waters to the warm Lagoons of Baja to frolic and give birth. The whales pass by the Center's cliff-side perch from December through April each year.
The Center, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with emphasis on the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. There are also exhibits on the native Indians and Marineland.
Several acres of parkland are open for the public's enjoyment from dawn to dusk. Restrooms, water fountains and an excellent gift shop are included in the Center. Facilities with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Pt. Vicente Lighthouse are available for meetings, weddings and special occasions. Several acres of parkland around the Center contain easy trails, picnic tables and splendid views. Whales can also be observed from the fisherman’s access if you continue a short distance down Palos Verdes Drive South. There is also a parking lot just before you reach Terranea Resort (former Marineland and the Peninsula’s new resort) with restrooms and a trail down to the ocean. When the tide is out you can take the long path down to the beach for tide pooling. Admission is free and it is open from 10-5 daily (closed major holidays). Docents also lead monthly public hikes to Abalone Cove, Forrestal Nature Preserve, and along the Trump National Golf Club. Please call PVIC at 310-377-5370 for more information. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-377-5370.



 Malaga Cove Plaza ~ This Spanish Renaissance style plaza dedicated in 1925 was the Peninsula’s first commercial area. You will still find shops, offices, a food market, flower stand and a small restaurant there. The centerpiece of the plaza is the Neptune Fountain, which is a two-thirds size replica of a fountain in Bologna, Italy. The fountain was a gift to the Palos Verdes Community and dedicated in 1930. This is a good starting point to begin a drive around the Peninsula.

Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur ~ The Care Center is a hospital for orphaned, sick or injured marine mammals in Los Angeles County. This outdoor facility allows you to view these pinniped patients during the rehabilitation process and learn about various marine mammal species. Suggested visiting hours and gift shop hours: 10am-4pm, 7 days a week. FREE to visit, donations appreciated. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro (located inside Angle’s Gate Park) 310-548-5677.


Norris Center for Performing ArtsEstablished in 1983, the state-of-the art theatre offers 450 seats with outstanding visibility. The professional theater offers varied high quality productions throughout the year. In addition, the theatre also rents its facilities and hosts many special events for its community members and performing arts organizations each year. The Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion across from the theatre offers classes in theatre arts and the dance, and is available for business conferences, special events and weddings. 27520 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 310-544-0403.

Palos Verdes Art Center ~ Exciting exhibits are presented throughout the year, a variety of art classes for children and adults are offered, and the center features a ceramic studio and gift shop. Admission is free. The Center also has special events throughout the year such as the Celebrate Chef’s Dinners and the Homes Tours Extraordinaire. In addition, there is rental space available for parties of all kinds and children’s birthday parties can be planned. 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 310-541-2479.

Point  Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site &  Museum (& Park) ~ The Victorian lighthouse was completed in 1874 on land donated by the Sepulveda Family. Tours of the structure are available on Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 to 400, p.m. The Lighthouse is closed to the public on Mondays. The lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the park, please call ahead for specific dates. General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower.Also in the park are a playground, the headquarters of the American Cetacean Society, and a viewpoint for the “sunken city” landslide. Located at the end of Gaffey Street. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731  (310) 241-0684


South Coast Botanic Gardens ~ A unique 87 acre garden with over 150,000 beautifully landscaped areas with rare plants and trees. A small lake and stream bed attract various birds such as ducks, geese and blue heron. There are walking and shuttle tours and picnic areas. Lectures, flower shows, concerts, car shows and Shakespeare on the Meadow are held during the year. Call for admission fees. Tram rides available by appointment. The gardens and indoor facilities are ideal for weddings, special events, corporate meetings, film locations, and vendor fairs. 26300 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 310-544-6815.


 Talking Flower Clock ~
Donated to the community by the Medawar family, owners of Medawar Fine Jewelers, the flowers change with the season and holidays. On Silver Spur Road between Crossfield Drive and the Promenade on the Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates.

Wayfarer’s Chapel ~ Designed by Lloyd Wright – son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chapel is open to all faiths and denominations. Services are conducted every Sunday at 11:00 a.m., as well as Easter and Christmas. It is open daily for prayers and meditation. Wayfarer’s Chapel, often referred to as the Glass Church, is a famous and popular place for weddings. Many soap operas, television and movie weddings have been filmed there. Admission to the chapel and grounds are free. 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-377-1650.

S.S. Lane Victory ~ This WWII cargo ship is a veteran of three wars offering historic Victory at Sea day cruises off Catalina Island. Great food, live music, and an aerial attack fill a day at sea! The ship is open daily from 9am to 3pm at the dock, Berth 94 in San Pedro. Self-guided tours or Group Tours are available by appointment. Berth 94, San Pedro, 310-519-9545

Farnham Martin Park and Malaga Cove Library ~ Directly behind the Plaza is a lovely stone wall and fountain, with steps on either side leading up to a lawn and the library. The library and art gallery opened in 1930, and many of the custom works of art and furniture are still on display. The lawn is the setting for free concerts in the summer and home to some of the peacocks that reside in many places on the Peninsula.

Fort MacArthur Military Museum ~ Fort MacArthur, a U.S. Army post which guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974 features a museum and collection of historical structures on the grounds. The rooms, galleries and corridors of the Museum contain a variety of exhibits and displays which include early American Air Defenses and the role of Los Angeles as a military port for the Army and Navy, American Pacific Theater military campaigns and the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses. Hours are Noon to 5pm, Tues., Thurs., weekends and holidays. Arrangements can be made for special tours. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, 310-548-2631.

Friendship Park ~ Adjacent to Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, features the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion. This massive and intricately-decorated bell was donated in 1976 to the people of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries. Resting peacefully on the knoll, the bell site affords an unsurpassed view of the Los Angeles harbor. The bell is rung four times a year.

Marymount College
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Ph: 310-377-5501

Miraleste Library
29089 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Ph: 310-377-9584 ext.452

Salvation Army Museum of the West
30840 Hawthorne Blvd,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Ph: 310-544-6406

Trump National Golf Course
One Ocean Trails Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Ph: 310-265-5000

Peninsula Center Library
701 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Ph: 310-377-9584

Equestrian Center
26401 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Ph: 310-541-9487

Malaga Cove Library
2400 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Ph: 310-377-9584

Muller House Museum
1542 South Beacon Street, San Pedro
(310) 831-1778

Fisherman’s Wharf
Sampson Way, San Pedro

American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
South Harbor Boulevard @ West 6th Street, San Pedro


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