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


Public Closed Dates

Due to special events happening at the Ocean Institute, we will be closed the following days to the public. 


Painting by the Sea
Black Friday Paint Event

While mom is out shopping on Black Friday, Dad, grab the kids and come “Paint by the Sea”!  It’s two hours of fun and discovery!


Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Holiday Party
During the Annual Dana Point Parade of Lights

Ocean heroes assemble at the Ocean Institute for a holiday celebration like never before! A MARVELous time awaits, including villains to vanquish, cocoa to consume and super heroes to meet!

Eventbrite - Ocean Institute Holiday Lights Viewing Party


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 - December 9th: Holiday Parade of Lights Cruise 2017



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