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Beach Cleanup Opportunities

Looking to give back to the ocean and your community? Join us for a two hour Beach Cleanup!

Ocean Institute beach cleanups removed over 1,000 pounds of trash in 2018. Help us prevent even more trash from entering our ocean in 2019. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Ocean Institute will provide trash pickers and bags! 

Select the “Book Now” button below to sign up.

*2020 Cleanup dates will be available for sign ups at the end of December


Capture the King Tide Nature Walk

Join us to learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California King Tide Project.


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

Join the Ocean Institute for a tidepool hike led by one of our expert naturalists. 


Cannon Battles

Join the Spirit of Dana Point and the armada of ships as they set sail to engage in the Festival’s most exciting and captivating experience. Join the crew as they harness the power of the wind to maneuver and position themselves to gain the advantage. 


Breakfast with a Mermaid
A one-of-a-kind experience

Meet our mermaid friends, make a fun mermaid craft, enjoy pancakes, and watch our mermaids swim underwater! Family fun for all mermaids at heart.

Be sure to book your ticket in advance as this event sells out every year and there are limited spots available. 


Tall Ships Festival Admission
Ahoy mates, get ready for some swashbuckling fun! 

The Tall Ships Festival Pass includes: 

  • Tours of the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, and all visiting vessels from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
  • Educational activities including squid dissections, gold panning, candle making and more. 
  • Access to Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, Main Stage & Pirate Camp
  • Food trucks and shopping


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Sails ‘n Ales Party
Celebrate the 35th annual Festival

Featuring beer tastings from Sierra Nevada, Lost Winds Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing, Docent Brewing, Four Sons Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Boochcraft, Latitude 33 Brewing, Kona Pub and Brewery and Bravus Brewing Company and live music food trucks and mermaid encounters, it’s an event the whole family can enjoy!

Science Field Trip 60 minutes

Private Ocean Education Center Lab Tour
All Ages

Take a tour of the Ocean Institute’s labs with your own personal docent.

What you’ll see: Labs inside the Ocean Education Center are home to over 100 different species local to southern California. Learn about our unique ecosystem, the animals that live there, and how you can help protect it. 


Jim Swenson Tribute

Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Coastal Explorer Camp
Ages 10–12

Campers go kayaking in Dana Point Harbor

Explore the beautiful, unique coastline of Dana Point in this activity-packed camp. Throughout the week, you will attempt desert island survival by studying the science of the surf zone in our laboratory, out in the field, and onboard the Research Vessel Sea Explorer. You’ll also participate in fun activities focusing on sustainable resources and our impact on the environment.  This camp includes a day of cruising along the coastline fishing and looking for blue whales, scientific sampling aboard our research vessel, kayaking in Dana Point Harbor, and exploring the intertidal area.  

Members only registration March 1st-14th, general registration opens on March 15th