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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

     

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, gloves and reusable water bottle. Please wear closed-toed shoes, 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

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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