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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

     

Family Science Nights

Tuesdays: July 8, 22, August 5, 19; 6pm – 8pm

Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting up close and personal with local scientists. Your entire family is invited to visit as we survey the stars, explore the seas, and dive into the surf zone. Each workshop event will include a presentation by a guest speaker with alternate activities for kids, followed by a lab program to introduce your whole family to the fascinating world of science.

 

July 8: Magic or Molecules?
July 22: The LA Nature Map
August 5: What’s the BIG deal about Plankton
August 19: Backyard birds in your neighborhood

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August: Shark Month!
Weekends in August; 10am – 3pm

Don’t just celebrate Shark Week, celebrate Shark Month! Come down to the Ocean Institute and touch a real live shark! Learn about these unique creatures through hands on activities and make your own to bring home.

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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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Year-Round 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 Artist by the Sea, Artist by the Sea for Kids, 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

Residential
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

Monday-Friday:
8:00am-5:00pm
(open for summer camps and school programs; exhibits closed)
Saturday and Sunday:

10:00am-3:00pm

Gift Shop Hours

9:00am to 5:00pm

Public Hours

Saturday and Sunday:
10:00am-3:00pm
(Closed Monday - Friday)
Admission Rates:
Members: Free
Non-Members:
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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