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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Host an Event
Make us a part of your history

With spectacular views of the beautiful Pacific, award-winning architecture, and historic vessels, Ocean Institute provides the perfect venue for weddings, private events, meetings, and more. 

Ocean Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Site fees for all private events helps Ocean Institute sustain its year-round calendar of education programs for the community. 

Questions? Contact us at oi@oceaninstitute.org or call (949) 496-2274.  

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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.