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 of daily activities and programs

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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.

Weekday Offerings

Monday-Friday

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. 

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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. 

* Photos may depict rental chairs provided by client.

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. 

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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.