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Ocean Institute

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Ocean Institute
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“tall ship”(9 reviews)
“sea life”(13 reviews)
The Ocean Institute is open to visitors daily; weekdays, 10 am - 4 pm, and weekends, 10 am - 3 pm. As school children are engaging in ocean science and maritime history programs on weekdays, a smaller portion of the Institute is open weekdays and...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274
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All reviews gift shop tall ship sea life tide pools nice little place marine science learning areas great place to learn buy tickets on display underwater world dana point harbor an aquarium couple of hours set sail low tide fish
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the 10:00 am boat ride. The pre-talk (9:15) by Captain Mike was informative and imaginative; we learned so much about gray whales and appreciated his inquisitive spirit. The crew is full of scientists who generously shared their knowledge about what we were seeing....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank acmommo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many great experiences you and your family can share at the Dana Point Ocean Institute. Marine science, and California history are all part of the show.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Dr_GS_Hurd
Reviewed 4 November 2018

a great learning experience especially for kids. With a small but wonderful aquarium and hands on exhibits

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ed P
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Basic ocean information. Tiny "aquarium". Obligatory tacky gift shop. Seems to be geared more towards childrens classes.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The tall ships are dock over by the institute, plenty of things to keep the kids interested and busy

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Camper558804
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Some people might think this place is an aquarium but while it does have displays it’s not an aquarium it’s and Ocean Institute with a half hour tour. We stopped here during a visit to Dana point and discovered this place by accident so we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Coder
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Educational and worth a look. If for nothing else, to see the location. Steps away from the tide pools if it is low tide and you are willing to get your feet wet. The place is not large and you won't be there for hours,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank adoc4u
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I institute is ok for something to do in Dana Point. It has a lot of educational information to offer along with some aquariums. I thought it was a bit pricey for the amount to see. There are children programs offered but from what I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Craig E
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great Hidden gem touch pools watch an octapus being feed and get tour the pilgrim docked next door for 10. Parking is free afterwards go behind the center of oi to the tide pools or baby beach relax and picnic

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rsenteno
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The Ocean Institute is a nice little place to spend a couple of hours. There are small exhibits and talks to learn about various marine species. You can purchase a combo pass for $10 and tour an old tall ship dock just next door. Parking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bubuflu
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16 June 2017|
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Response from OIDanaPoint | Property representative |
Admission is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends for adults, and $7.50 for seniors and children