Join us this holiday season for a night of mermaids, merriment and more!
From story-time with a live mermaid, to pictures with Santa on the Spirit of Dana Point Tallship, we truly have something for everyone. Sip on gourmet hot chocolate and enjoy a beautiful light display in Dana Point Harbor while being serenaded by carolers all evening. And don’t forget to swing by the Laurena G. Chambers Gift Shop to purchase a discounted, limited edition 2016 Ocean Institute ornament as a keepsake from this beautiful night.
A special holiday tea with our favorite Mermaids, will make this holiday season extra sweet!
Join us for a late morning tea including finger sandwiches, specialty teas, hot chocolate bar, and cupcake decorating. Our favorite mermaid friend, Catalina, will join us for a meet & greet, story time, and a swim!
Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive holiday cruise around the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during the annual Parade of Lights! Guests will enjoy holiday mood music as well as wine, sweets, and hot beverages.
Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike lead by one of our expert naturalists.The hike will take us into the rocky Marine Protected Area located directly behind the Ocean Institute. Families can explore the area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home. The winter months are the best time to explore these majestic marine ecosystems!