Whale of a Day Fair: Exploring Rancho Palos Verdes

An interesting little event I attended in April of 2015 was the Whale of a Day Fair at the city of Rancho Palos Verdes.  This event takes place at Los Serenos de Point Vicente where there is an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and a lighthouse.  The event is co-sponsored by the city and the docents of Los Serenos.  Whale of a Day celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California.  You can view the migration from December to April along the Californian South Bay coastline.

The event is free and open to the public and features activities for kids, exhibits, food and craft vendors and a raffle.  The main location is the Point Vicente Interpretive Center which has aquatic displays and history on the Rancho Palos Verdes area.  The lighthouse is open for tours that day as well but the line gets long quickly.  I was unable to get in for one of the tours.  But there were many other things to see.

The coast guard was present along with a few of their boats and helicopters.  You could even get inside of them if you wanted to see more.  One of my favorite exhibits there was the one featuring birds of prey.  And yes the birds were real!  They also have a beautiful long trail right along the edge of the cliff with a perfect view of the ocean.  I was only disappointed that I couldn’t walk the whole trail and take more photos.  A final stop was at the City Hall, which also provided free parking for the event.  I got to walk along the areas behind City Hall and see some prickly pear cactus and California sunflowers.  Most were all dried up because of the drought, but I managed to find one alive and thriving.

If you live in the area, I highly encourage you to visit during the fair.  It was a lot of fun and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

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