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Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: (949) 496-2274
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description: The Ocean Institute is open to visitors on weekends, 10 am - 3 pm. Enjoy...
The Ocean Institute is open to visitors on weekends, 10 am - 3 pm. Enjoy hundreds of marine animals in aquaria, ocean-themed exhibits and take a tour of a tall ship. Take a tall ship or marine mammal (whale watching) cruise.
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Gift shop a treasure trove -- wonderfully merchandised, items factual to fantasy.

Little did we know that every thought "nautical" could be so beautifully translated into a reasonably priced collection of artifacts, stand alone art pieces of every medium, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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St. Thomas
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Little did we know that every thought "nautical" could be so beautifully translated into a reasonably priced collection of artifacts, stand alone art pieces of every medium, and yes -- souvenirs. Don't miss it.

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Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We visited in June with two young girls, they enjoyed it. During the week the tour is very basic. There were some children summer camps that may be interesting.

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Trinity, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this wonderful site. The entrance fee is minimal. It's a great way to learn about the area and the exhibits are worth the time..

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Interesting, quaint and delightful. I was amazed at how much our two year old grandson enjoyed it. Interesting for us but he seemed to discover his own favourites. Staff were superb.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Ocean Institute offers two-hour sails on the Spirit of Dana Point. DO IT. Absolutely amazing to be on a replica of an 18th century ship, out at sea with the sails and ropes above you...they'll even yell at you (gently!) like you were a real sailor! Be ready to help put the sails up! They fire off the cannon... More 

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

What a great learning location for kids and adults alike! Very interactive exhibits, great location on Dana Point Harbor, and a short walk to the Harbor Jetty to see the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean.

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Come to Good, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We took our nieces to the Ocean Institute. It was a great experience to be able to touch starfish and see other sea creatures and fish. It took us about 2 hours to go through.

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Incredible non profit organization. All the staff are extremely knowledgeable. We had a lot of fun viewing and even getting to touch the marine life. We also got to see the jellyfish being fed and the explained a lot about them as they were feeding. It is a must see for anyone visiting Orange County CA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a good time. It's small but very informative. We learned a lot about the creatures in the ocean. They had some hands on experiments for us to participate in.

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Florida City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a small, hands-on ocean experience great for children and adults alike. If you have any interest in ocean experience and learning about the Pacific Ocean you will really enjoy this Institute. Our grand kids are 11 and 12. They were enthralled. Dissecting a squid and hoisting mainsails on a wooden sailboat were highlights. A real plus is the... More 

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Additional Information about Ocean Institute

Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: (949) 496-2274
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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