Festival of Whales


Whale and Marine Life Tour

Join the crew of the Research Vessel Sea Explorer for a Whale Watching experience you will never forget. See whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more as your explorer the Pacific Ocean. Our cruises our safe and fun for the entire family, and everyone will learn something new about our oceans and the life within. 

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Ocean Education Center
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2016 Festival of Whales March 5, 6, 12, 13

During the festival weekends, the Ocean Institute hosts a hands-on journey into the mysterious and captivating world of whales in our Ocean Education Center, allowing visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. 

Guests follow the migration of the Gray Whales as they move through the facility, starting in Baja, moving on to the California Coast, and ending up in Alaska.


Parking information
The Ocean Institute offers free parking for our guests.

During this busy festival weekend, there is a FREE trolley service that offers drop off and pick up service near the Ocean Institute approximately every 15 minutes to multiple parking lots throughout the Harbor and Doheny State Beach.