Anniversary Days
40 Cent Admission


Celebrate 40 years of ocean education during our upcoming Anniversary Days, Monday-Friday December 18-January 5. Enjoy hands-on activities, dissections, and Tall Ships tours just steps away from the ocean all for just 40 cents per child with paid adult admission. Activities and events will vary throughout the week so you can visit again and again.

Additional information:


Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; last admission sale at 3:15 pm.

Special activities:

Become a master of disguise this holiday season as you discover how animals adapt to their ocean homes. Learn how octopuses change color, how to do the sting-ray shuffle, and create your own disguise!

Scheduled throughout the day: Story Time, Squid Dissections, ocean engineers lab, and more.

Tidepool Hikes:*

Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm 
Tuesday, December 19 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 31 at 1:00 pm

*Advance registration required; sign up here

Tours of the Hawaiian Chieftain, Pilgrim and Spirit of Dana Point:*

December 26-January 1

Tuesday-Friday: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

*Additional $10.00 purchase required; see the front desk for details.

Tall Ship Sails on the Hawaiian Chieftain:*

Join a two-hour, family-oriented Adventure Sail to experience tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusement with the crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain. It will be a day to remember!

Wednesday, December 27 4:00-6:00 pm 
Thursday, December 28 4:00-6:00 pm 
Friday, December 29 4:00-6:00 pm

*additional purchase required; visit to register. Sail tickets include admission to the Ocean Institute for the day of the sail.