Ocean Institute Presents 31st Annual Tall Ships Festival

Press Release

Dana Point, CA – The Ocean Institute will present its 31st annual Tall Ships Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13th , 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a beautiful parade of sail on Friday, September 11th from 4:30-7:30pm. Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of these amazing vessels. Throughout the festival we will be exploring Myths, Legends and Lore of the Sea. Mermaids will be visiting the Institute this year and will delight all ages swimming in our large tank. Also this year we are adding more interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, British and American revolutionary period mariners, western vaqueros from the time of the Missions and Ranchos and now three Pirate encampments! Onboard the Brig Pilgrim, watch the Naval Historical Foundation perform their amazing reenactment and have your little ones join in our Pirate Parade!

Inside the Ocean Institute, not only discover mermaids up-close but join in numerous interactive labs and activities. Explore our new courtyard with a playscape filled with giant sea creatures! Exciting maritime displays and exhibits will be throughout the facility, including our interactive woodworkers. Search for treasure, make some fun crafts, participate in a fun-filled pirate school for kids, and get up-close and personal with some of the ocean’s most amazing sea creatures, including sea stars, jellies, rays and octopuses.

Participating Ships

  • Pilgrim
  • Spirit of Dana Point
  • American Pride
  • Bill of Rights
  • Californian
  • Curlew
  • Exy Johnson
  • Irving Johnson

Pirate Adventure Pass Pricing (Sept. 12 – 13, 2015)
Members: $5.00 3yr. and up
Non-members: $8.00 3yr. and up

Sunset Parade on Friday, Sept. 11

Sunset Tall Ships Parade Tickets
Members: $35 / adults, $25 / children (4-12 yrs.)
Non-members: $45 / adults, $35 / children (4-12 yrs.)

Parade Escort Cruise Tickets (aboard the R/V Sea Explorer)
Members: $25 / adults, $20 / children (4-12 yrs.)
Non-members: $30 / adults, $25 / children (4-12 yrs.)

Cannon Battles on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 12 – 13

Cannon Battle Cruises
4:30p.m. -7:30p.m. – Board at 4pm.
Members: $50 / adults, $40 / children (4-12yrs.)
Non-members $65 / adults, $55 / children (4-12yrs.)

Experience blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks and the magnificence of canvas full of wind. Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy this spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival.

Cannon Battle Escort Cruises aboard the R/V Sea Explorer
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Members: $25 / adults, $20 / children (4-12 yrs.)
Non-members: $30 / adults, $25 / children (4-12 yrs.)


The Ocean Institute is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning. Ocean-based exhibits are open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can explore the underwater world while participating in fun activities designed to indulge ocean curiosity. Throughout the year, the Ocean Institute also offers organized family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and other unique events including our annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and the Festival of Whales.

Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629
Website: www.ocean-institute.org
Phone: (949) 496-2274

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