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Unique Marine Biome Learning Programs

On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into how science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners! We also offer a variety of cruises, sails, and special programs.

Upcoming Programs

Red Ribbon Month
Weekends in October; 10am – 3pm
We are offering FREE admission to the Ocean Education Center for students 18 years and under with a student ID and wearing Red Ribbon Wristbands. Applies to the Public Program on Saturdays & Sundays in the month of October; hours are 10:00am-3:00pm.
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Tidepool Terrors
Sunday, October 26th; 10am – 3pm
Make your own goo and experience the mysteries the ocean has to offer, including animal dissections and ghostly stories told by the undead. Learn about the “vampires of the deep” and other unique characteristics of marine life. If you are daring, take a tour of the Brig Pilgrim….some sailors say it is haunted!

Children who dress up in costumes get in free and can enter a costume contest at 11am. Categories include: best ocean related costume, best eco-friendly costume, best maritime costume, and best overall costume. There might even be some ghostly dancing!

Admission is $6.50/adult; $4.50/child. Members and kids (4-12) in costume are free!
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Thank You Ocean
Weekends in November & December; 10am – 3pm
The ocean provides a vast array of resources for humans and this is your opportunity to understand in greater detail just what these resources are. In these two months we will learn not only about what the ocean gives to us, but about our own native treasures here in Southern California, from marine resources to unique plants and animals on the coast. Make your own cards for the holidays and show your appreciation and gratefulness for Earth’s gifts by making your own! Activities are included with general weekend admission.
Ocean Education Center Exhibits and Visiting
Public Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tour: Thursday & Friday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Admission Fees & More | Members are free, join today!
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Annual Programs

Sailing Tallships and Sailing
Join the crew or simply sit-back and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.

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R/V Sea Explorer R/V Sea Explorer and Cruising
Cruise with our experienced and knowledgeable staff on a variety of programs.

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ABTS Kids Members-Only Events
Unique events just for our members including Parade of Lights Viewing Party, Cruises and more!

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Sailing Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 30th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships.
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At Sea

Educational Programs for Schools/Small Groups

On weekdays, students participate in our innovative and award-winning educational programs.

Ocean Institute Representatives will come to your school and meet with you.

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General Information

Contact Information

Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone:(949) 496-2274
Fax: (949) 496-4296
email: oi@ocean-institute.org

Office and Registration Hours

(open for summer camps and school programs; exhibits closed)
Saturday and Sunday:


Gift Shop Hours

9:00am to 5:00pm

Public Hours

Saturday and Sunday:
(Closed Monday - Friday)
Admission Rates:
Members: Free
Adult (13yrs +): $6.50
Youth (3yrs - 12yrs): $4.50
Kids (2yrs and under): Free

Behind the Scenes Tour Hours

Thursday & Friday:
3:30pm 45 min.
$2.00 per person, members are free.

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