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


Whale Watching Cruise
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour long whale watching program.


Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Science of Scent
Holiday Candle Making Workshop

Discover the science of scent in this hands-on candle making workshop!


Anniversary Days
40 Cent Admission

Celebrate 40 years of ocean education during our upcoming Anniversary Days, Monday-Friday December 18-January 5. Enjoy hands-on activities, dissections, and Tall Ships tours just steps away from the ocean all for just 40 cents per child with paid adult admission. Activities and events will vary throughout the week so you can visit again and again.


Tall Ship Tours
with the Hawaiian Chieftain

Board and explore three unique historic tall ships this holiday season! Tour the visiting vessel, Hawaiian Chieftain, along with the Ocean Institute’s ships, Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point during regular public admission hours. Learn the history of the ships, Dana Point’s maritime history, and more. 


Hawaiian Chieftain Sails
Visiting Tall Ship

Join a two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail to experience tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusement with the crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain. It will be a day to remember!

 Eventbrite - Hawaiian Chieftain Sails



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