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Unique Marine Biome Learning Programs

Upcoming Programs

Member Event with Ari Friedlaender
Wednesday, April 22
5pm – 6pm: Private Reception
6pm – 8pm: Main Presentation & Book Signing
Join us for a lecture with Unframable author Ari Friedlaender. Over the course of 25 trips to Antarctica, Ari's research program used tag technology to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals, leading to many discoveries about whales. Using photography, Ari has sought to shed light on some of the unique aspects of the Antarctic inhabitants and the threats that this fragile ecosystem now faces.
Reception: $55 (includes book)
Members: $5
General: $10
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Earth Day
Saturday, April 25; 10am – 3pm
The Ocean Institute will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Join us for a celebration and participate in hands-on conservation activities. Activities are included with normal weekend admission.

  • Create fun, eco-friendly crafts
  • Learn about the importance of protecting natural environments through hands-on activities.
  • Volunteer for the beach/harbor clean-up from 9am – 11am and get free admission for the day!
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The Sea Star Stroll
Event on May 16; Registration opens March 2

Join the fun and form a team or sign up individually to participate in the Ocean Institute’s Sea Star Stroll on Saturday, May 16th. The Sea Star Stroll is a fundraising walk along an exceptionally scenic coastal bluff in Dana Point that ends with an Open House Festival. All funds raised benefit the Ocean Institute's hands-on marine science, maritime history, and environmental education programs. For more information and to register, visit www.seastarstroll.com.

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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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Birthday parties & Special Occasions
Celebrate a birthday in our ocean-themed facility. For events of 40 – 60 people during our Weekend Program hours, we offer several packages to help
you host a memorable event.

Basic Birthday – Starting at $350
Includes a private room, admission to the Ocean Institute during our public visitation hours, and a personal guide.

Deluxe Birthday – Starting at $450
Includes the Basic Birthday package, plus themed crafts and activities (select one):
Under the Sea • Fantasy • Nautical

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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:
Starting May 16, 2015 we will also be open to the public daily!
Monday – Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Admission Rates(subject to change):
Members: Free
Adult (13yrs +): $6.50
Youth (3yrs - 12yrs): $4.50
Kids (2yrs and under): Free

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