Festival of Whales


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*


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.