Plan Your Visit


Ocean Institute is Currently Closed due to COVID-19: For Questions and Inquiries please e-mail

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 of daily activities and programs


At Home Learning
Making Learning Fun

If you can’t come to Ocean Institute, we want to bring Ocean Institute to you!  A variety of topics will be covered including ocean science, ocean conservation, and maritime history. Lessons include a video resource and an educational activity for you to try at home.


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.

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.