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!


General Admission
Headlands & Beyond: A Hands-on 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


On weekdays, our campus bustles with eager students on educational field trips, but we invite you to join us on a guided tour of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. While you wait for the next tour, explore our Headlands and Beyond exhibit area that includes:


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. 

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.