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


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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Holiday Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Visitors are invited to explore with self-guided access to our facility. Join us for dissections, tours and presentations geared toward ocean science and maritime history. 


Member and Children 2 and under: Free
Children and Seniors: $7.50
Adults: 14 & up 

January Dates: 

January 1-January 5, 2019
January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

February Dates: 

February 18, 2019: Presidents’ Day 


Behind the Seas
Aquarist Experience

Explore behind the scenes! Tours offer the opportunity to see firsthand how our aquarists care for our animal inhabitants, including the engineering of our filtration system and habitats. Help our aquarists identify the animals we find right beneath the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and learn more about our acquisition process. Additionally, guests will get the exclusive opportunity to prepare food and feed our animals. 


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners Winter 2019

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series of exploration and play. Stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Suitable for children ages 2 to 3 years; must be accompanied by an adult. 


Ocean Institute Closed for Special Events & Holidays

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


Dr. David Wilmot
Distinguished Speaker
February 28 at 6:00 pm

Join the Ocean Institute in the Samueli Conference Center for The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. David Wilmot of Ocean Champions. 



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