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Tallships at the Ocean Institute

Pilgrim | Spirit of Dana Point | Toshiba Tall Ships Festival

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A tallship is a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques.

The Ocean Institute maintains two tall ships, the brig, Pilgrim, and the Spirit of Dana Point, an accurate replica of a 1770's privateer used during the American Revolution. This year, the Ocean Institute celebrates its 30th year as host of the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast.

Featured Events

A Whale's Tale Sailing Adventure
From "Devil Fish" to "Friendliest Whale," explore how time and discovery have shaped man's perception of the magnificent Gray Whale. Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights on man's evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California coast.

Pyrate Adventure Sail
Experience the thrill of sailing a tallship as you discover the real pirates of Dana Point. Hoist sail, fire the cannons and fight off pirates during this family-fun adventure on the high seas!

Adventure Sail
Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer! Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship. Note: The Adventure Sail on April 5, 2014 has been rescheduled to April 6, 2014.

Children must be at least 4 years old to go aboard. OI members enjoy a 10% discount. Call (949) 496-2274 for reservations and availability.

$36 adults, $21 children 12 & under
(min age 4)
Member Registration
$40 adults, $23 children 12 & under
(min age 4)
General Registration

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At a Glance: Public Hours
Weekends: 10am-3pm
Pilgrim open most Sundays: 11am-3:30pm
$6.50/adult $4.50/child (3-12yrs)
Members and children 2 yrs and under are free.

Cruise Prices*
$35/adult (Members: $22/adult)
$22/child (Members: $19/child)

Sail Prices* (Min age 4yrs)
$40/adult (Members: $36/adult) $23/child (Members: $21/child)

*Includes weekend admission.

A processing fee is added to all credit card, phone, and internet reservations.

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California Travel Expert
View video clip of the tallship Pilgrim as seen on California Travel Expert with Veronica Hill.
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