I am not sure how we discovered the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes. It is less than 30 minutes from our house and it is very likely that we could have missed it.
Instead it was one of the first things we did after arriving. We ended up going there with my parents Labor Day weekend. We had fun walking around and seeing the lighthouse from afar. While we were there we learned the Coast Guard opens the Point Vicente Lighthouse to the public the second Saturday of every month. Except March, where it is open the 1st Saturday to coincides with Rancho Palos Verdes’ Whale of a Day Festival.
We decided it would be worth it to go back so a few months later. So we headed back on a second Saturday. We had fun getting to see the lighthouse up close. My husband and I each took turns climbing the steps to the top of the lighthouse. Children under 7 are not permitted in the lighthouse. There is also a small museum inside with various lighthouse equipment and history about the Point Vicente Lighthouse.
After our visit to the Lighthouse we decided to check out the Rancho Palos Verde Interpretive Center and park. The Center is free and has a number exhibits ranging from marine life to the cultural history of the Palos Verdes peninsula. There is a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. The Center offers tours inside the museum. They also lead several hikes each year throughout the Peninsula.
The views from the cliffs are beautiful and terrifying with a 3 year old. We were able to keep a good distance from the edge and have a fun day. The park is often full of picnic baskets and blankets, people running, playing on the large grass area away from the cliff. Something that most people don’t know is that it is a premier spot for watching the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April. This is a great Saturday adventure for any family to do.