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The Ocean Institute is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.

Ocean-based exhibits are open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can explore the underwater world while participating in fun activities designed to indulge ocean curiosity. Throughout the year, the Ocean Institute also offers organized family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and other unique events including our annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and the Festival of Whales.

Please come and explore!

11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle
Sept. Bonus Drawing Deadline –Sept. 17th.

California's most successful home raffle is back! Buy a ticket and secure your chance to win a beautiful Laguna Beach home or $1 million in cash.

Tickets are $150 each and a maximum of 20,000 tickets will be sold.

Click here for more info.

Headlands and Beyond:
A Hands-On Exploration

Open to the public 7 days a week!

We are proud to present Headlands and Beyond: A Hands-On Exploration, a new exhibit that is open to the public seven days a week.

Explore our marine-themed atrium and whale court while participating in fun, family activities designed to indulge your ocean curiosity. On weekends, we continue to offer a site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean

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Special Presentation with Chris Welsh, chief pilot of Deep Sub LLC

September 30 at 7pm

Chris Welsh from Deep Sub LLC will discuss his deep diving submersible and mothership. Learn about the sub design, dive locations to the deepest places in the five ocean basins, planned exploration, and scientific goals. Reservations are required.

$5 for Members
$10 for General Public

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31st Annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival

Sunset Parade Sail – Sept. 11
Tall Ships Festival – Sept. 12 & 13

Join us in celebrating our 31st year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival.

Interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers, are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages.

Ticket sales are now open for:
· Pirate Adventures Passes
· Sunset Parade Sail
· Cannon Battles
· Escort Cruises

Click here for complete information and to purchase tickets.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 19; 9am – 12pm

Participate in California's annual Coastal Cleanup Day at the Ocean Institute and receive half price admission for the day.

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Featured Events & Updates

Public Visiting Hours
A Hands-On Exploration
Weekdays 10am – 4pm
Weekends 10am – 3pm
Members are FREE

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Monday, September 7
The Ocean Institute will be closed for Labor Day.

Friday, September 11
Toshiba Tall Ships Festival –
Sunset Parade
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Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12 & 13 Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
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Wednesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 4
It's Your Money Financial Workshops
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Thursday, September 17
11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle Bonus Drawing Deadline
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Saturday, September 19
Coastal Cleanup Day
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Wednesday, September 30 Presentation with Chris Welsh, chief pilot of Deep Sub LLC
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