Ocean Education Center
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


2016 Festival of Whales March 5, 6, 12, 13

During the festival weekends, the Ocean Institute hosts a hands-on journey into the mysterious and captivating world of whales in our Ocean Education Center, allowing visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. 

Guests follow the migration of the Gray Whales as they move through the facility, starting in Baja, moving on to the California Coast, and ending up in Alaska.

Along the way there will be opportunities to investigate how whales communicate and eat, to see how changes to the marine environment affects them, and to learn about ongoing research.

Additional activities include hands-on dissections, animal feedings, driving a remotely operated vehicle, and touch tanks in which guests touch live sea stars and other tidepool animals. Guests may also explore the underwater world and participate in pop-up experiments in our Headlands and Beyond exhibit. 

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Festival of Whales weekend hours are 10am – 4pm, however ticket sales end at 3pm.