General Admission


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


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. 

*Purchase your tickets on site 

Tour Times:

Morning – 10:30 am, 11:30 am 

Afternoon -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:

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 

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!

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. 


Lady Washington Tours
Visiting Vessel

History comes to life during dock-side tours of the tall ship Lady Washington. Join the crew aboard the vessel and be guided through the ship’s top deck and its role in the history of Pacific exploration and trade. 


Wednesday – Friday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 
Saturday and Sunday: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 

Tours will be offered on select dates during their stay December 28-January 13*
*Saturday, January 12 there are no public tours or sails


Private Tours
Explore the Ocean Institute with your own guide

For groups of 10 or more, we invite you to explore the Ocean Institute with your own private guide. 

Explore our labs, tall ship, and local ecology on a custom tour catered to your interests. 

Subject to availability; please submit a request below.


$10.00 per person; minimum booking of $100.00


Public Tidepool Hikes
Explore the world between tides!

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


Holiday Hours



November 22: Thanksgiving Closed


December 24: Christmas Eve closing at 12:00pm
December 25: Christmas Day  Closed