General Admission

Overview

General Admission
Headlands & Beyond: A Guided Exploration

Discover the ocean’s underwater world and California’s fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive tours and activities that indulge your curiosity.

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Weekday Offerings

Monday-Friday

Join us for a 30-minute guided tour with one of our expert guides and get a behind the scenes view of one of our learning centers, historic ships, or the dockside Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. 

Headlands and Beyond exhibit area is included with tours featuring an intertidal touch tank, artifact displays, pop-up experiments, and children’s playscape. 

Tour Times:

Monday – Friday- 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

* Tours and tour times may vary based on facility availability.  Last admission for all tours stops 10 minutes prior to each tour time.  Call for the current day’s tour offerings. 

Tour Tickets:

*Purchase tickets on site 

Tour ticket: $5.00 per person
Day Pass (2 or more tours): $7.00 per person

Groups of 10 or more: Please call ahead to arrange your visit. We offer private tours of our labs and ships but only if arranged in advance. Please contact our reservations department at (949) 496-2274 or email us at oi@oceaninstitute.org. 

Weekend & Holiday Offerings

Saturday, Sunday and select Holidays

On weekends, we open the campus and welcome you to explore our site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Come and learn all about Moon Jellies, encounter live animals in our Discovery Pool touch-tank, join in animal feedings, and even conduct squid dissections if you’re adventurous!

*Purchase tickets on site 

Facilities open: Headlands & Beyond exhibit, tide pool playscape, all labs inside the Ocean Education Center, and the Brig Pilgrim.* 

*Tours of the Brig Pilgrim are offered on Sundays during regular admission hours.