Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!


Harbor Walking Tour
Explore the beauty and history of Dana Point Harbor

Join us for a walking tour around the beautiful and historic Dana Point Harbor. This family friendly tour teaches about the history and development of the harbor, from Native Americans to the recreational harbor we have today. On the tour you will explore historical ruins with our expert guides who will teach you how to spot local marine animals along the way. 


Whale and Marine Life Tour

Whale and Marine Life Tour

Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise. 

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Upcycled Garden Ornaments
WILD Weekend Series

Make an ocean creature out of upcycled plastic.

Did you know the ocean currently contains 5.25 trillion pieces of trash and counting? This WILD Weekend takes “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to the next level by addressing the ever-growing issue of marine plastics pollution with an upcycled art project. Participants will be creating sea-life-shaped garden ornaments out of single-use plastics and other common sources of marine debris.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.



Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


Ocean Institute Closed for Special Events & Holidays

The Ocean Institute will be closed to the public on the following dates:


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of our expert naturalists.



Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education