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


Whale Watching Cruise

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the wildlife that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Includes hands-on activities for kids. Each ticket also admits one to our Ocean Education Center, which includes aquariums and more activities for the kids! *Good for the same day as the cruise*

Summer Camp 9:00am to 12:00pmMonday - Friday

Sea Squirts Camp
Ages 5–6

Hop, skip, and dive into the habitats of the sea. Observe and touch live animals, travel through enchanted kelp forests, and imagine being at the bottom of the deep dark sea. Each day a song will introduce the theme for the day’s activities with highlights that include daily crafts, crab races at baby beach, and a treasure hunt. Join us for a fun-filled week!


Sunset Parade Sails
Friday, September 8th

Sunset Sail:

Join the armada as you cast off for adventure aboard a historic tall ship. Sing sea shanties, haul up sail, or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival!


Sails ‘n Ales Tall Ships Festival Kickoff Party
Friday, September 8

Help us celebrate the start of 33rd Annual Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival presented by Toshiba with our Sails ‘n Ales Party!

Featuring beer and cider tastings, live music, food trucks, and mermaid encounters, it’s an event the whole family can enjoy!

Tickets include admission, souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastes,
live music, and free parking. 

Tastings from: Sierra Nevada, Bottle Logic Brewing, Mother Earth Brew Company, Lost Winds, Laguna Beach Beer Company and Bivouac Ciderworks. 


Breakfast with Mermaids
Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10

Courtesy Sheroes Entertainment LLC

Join us and our special mermaid guests for a one-of-a-kind breakfast experience! Meet and greet with our special mermaid friend, make a fun mermaid craft, enjoy pancakes from Party in a Box catering, and watch our mermaid swim underwater! Family fun for all mermaids at heart! 


Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 am to 10:15 am. 


Tall Ships Festival Adventure Pass
Sat. & Sun. Sept. 9th & 10th

2017 Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival presented by Toshiba



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