General Admission


General Admission
Visit Us

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


Weekend & Holiday Admission
Saturdays, Sundays 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 


$7.50 for Children (3 – 14 years) & Seniors (55+)
$10.00 for Adults (15 – 54 years) 
Free: Ocean Institute Members & Children 2 and under


WILD Weekends
We Inspire Learning through Discovery

WILD (We Inspire Learning through Discovery) Weekends at the Ocean Institute highlight take-home science activities for families.

Each WILD weekend will focus on a different science topic ranging from marine pollution to terrestrial ecology. At the end, families will have the tools to keep the discovery going at home.

Join us for one of the WILD Weekends below. 


Weekday Tours
Guided experiences for all ages

Join us for a 30-minute guided tour with one of our expert naturalists and get a behind the scenes view of one of our learning centers, historic ships, or the dockside Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Tours vary daily; read the descriptions below of each of our tour options. 

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


Private Tours
For Groups of 10 or more

Ocean Institute offers a variety of docent-led private tour options for groups of 10 or more that range from an exploration of our aquaria to touring our historic tall ship. 

Select from the options below, or ask us about a customized tour to suit your interests. 

Reservations are required and must be made at least three weeks in advance.