Plan Your Visit

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Tour the facility, participate in lab activities, go on a Whale Watching Cruise or head to see aboard a historic tallship.

Check out our calendar for daily activities and programs!

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General Admission
Headlands & Beyond: A Guided Exploration

The Ocean Institute invites you to explore the ocean’s underwater world and California’s fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive programs and family activities that indulge your ocean curiosity.

Weekday Offerings

Monday-Friday

On weekdays, our campus bustles with eager students on educational field trips, but we invite you to join us on a 30-minute guided tour and get a behind the scenes peak of one of our learning centers. While you wait for the next tour, explore our Headlands and Beyond exhibit area that includes:

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Birthday Parties
Celebrate Your Child's Birthday With Us

The Ocean Institute is pleased to offer a unique location and educational experience for birthday celebrations.  A birthday party at the Ocean Institute is an experience your child will not forget!

Parties can be scheduled from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm most Saturdays and Sundays. 

Ocean Institute Birthday Party Package

We provide a birthday party host, private room, tables and chairs, cake, goody bags, and kitchen access, and you provide any additional food, drink, and décor – all for $475.00. 

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Sprit of Dana Point (left) and the brig Pilgrim (right).

Tallships Sails
Set sail for a high seas adventure!

The Ocean Institute maintains two tallships, the brig Pilgrim, and the Spirit of Dana Point, an accurate replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution.

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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.