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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

Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta logo Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta

September 4-7, 2014
The Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta is hosted by the Dana Point Yacht Club to benefit the Ocean Institute's Adopt-A-Class program. Regatta events include races in multiple classes along with the one-design Audi Cup, but we also have fishing for our Marines, junior sailing, a dinghy poker run, stand up paddleboard event, and a gala party/dinner/dance/auction.
For more information or to register for the events, please contact the Dana Point Yacht Club or click here.

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30th Annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
Sept. 6 – 7, 2014 (Sunset Parade Sept. 5)
10am – 5pm
(ship tours conclude at 3:30pm except for the Pilgrim )
Cost: $8/person; $5/member
(sails and cruises are extra)

An armada of tall ships is coming to celebrate the 30th annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival. This year’s festival highlights California's rich maritime history and welcomes 10 historic tall ships to Dana Point, that will parade down the coast for a Sunset Parade on Friday evening. The festival will be held on the weekend with non-stop activities and events throughout the Ocean Institute’s facility, event grounds and aboard the ships, including mock-cannon battles in the evening.

For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tallshipsfestival.com

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California Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 20; 9am – 12pm

Participate in California’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day receive free admission for the day. We will clean the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area (tidepools), the west jetty and the west end of the harbor.

Meet behind the Ocean Institute. Help us cut down our waste by bringing your own bucket, glove and reusable water bottle. Please wear closed-toed shows, sunscreen and a hat.

View the Coastal Commission’s PSA about Coastal Cleanup Day

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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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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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