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


Pacific Marine Exploration
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 marine life exploration program.



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)


Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise

Enjoy the holiday season aboard this festive cruise!

Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a festive holiday cruise around the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during the annual Parade of Lights! Guests will enjoy holiday mood music as well as wine, sweets, and hot beverages.

Eventbrite - Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise 2018


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California King Tide Project.


$5.00 per person*
*Ocean Institute Members are free when you enter your member ID at checkout


Lady Washington Tours
Visiting Vessel

History comes to life during dock-side tours of the tall ship Lady Washington. Join the crew aboard the vessel and be guided through the ship’s top deck and its role in the history of Pacific exploration and trade. 


Wednesday – Friday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 
Saturday and Sunday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 

Tours will be offered on select dates during their stay December 28-January 13*
*Saturday, January 12 there are no public tours or 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