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Ocean Institute


24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point
Tel. 949.496.2274
Email: oi@ocean-institute.org

Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (For Field Trips & Summer Camps Only)
Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Facility Open to Public)

The Ocean Institute is a non-profit marine science and maritime history education center. On weekdays, students participate in immersion-based educational programs and summer camps. On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into our state-of-the-art facility.

Weekend visitors can participate in family-friendly lab activities and view sea creatures, or venture out to sea on Marine Wildlife Cruises. Guests can also take a “Pirate” Adventure Sail aboard the tallship Spirit of Dana Point.

On Sundays, visitors can tour the historic brig Pilgrim, which hosts unique Living History programs based on the book Two Years Before the Mast.

During the Summer, the Ocean Institute offers a Blue Whale Safari on their research vessel the Sea Explorer.

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