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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Dana Point
Type: Educational Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Santa Ana, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very rude guide made remarks as if he where better than everyone there. The kids did not have fun at all. He didn't make the smallest attempt to make the children feel welcome making them sit on the floors. Felt discriminated throughout field trip. Its worrisome that they hide these reviews posting their five stars. Btw everyone there was Caucasian... More

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Minnesota
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We recently enjoyed a Marine Life cruise from here on a beautiful Sunday morning. The tour begins with a marine biologist on board explaining the history and marine life of the Dana Point Harbor area. Once out of the harbor, we saw many sea lions sunning themselves, then were treated to pods of dolphins entertaining us as our boat passed... More

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

excellent place to take children to learn about sea life as well as the tall sailing ships, very well done.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We've spent a lot of time here, the kids love it! Super cool and very educational! A must see!!!!!!!!!!

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Kids field trip from school... my twins had a great time last spring... want to back with parents and friends. The exhibits are facinating and the staff very informative and in tune with thei center and to bring it alive for visitors. They also do summer camps for a range of age groups which we may consider this summer.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Our grandson had enjoyed an overnight stay on the Pilgrim boat, and we had enjoyed short day trips to Dana Point right at the Ocean Institute' location, but we had an especially wonderful evening recently when they host a viewing of the annual lighted boat parade. If you have a membership (very reasonable) there are lots of events and ways... More

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

My daughters participated in a week long summer camp here. They had a great experience. The institute teaches them a lot about the ocean and also about life at sea. Since we do not own a boat it was really interesting to hear all the things my daughters got to do on their ship adventures. They also got to make... More

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Banning, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Got Lucky went the to the Institute on Sunday to see the Institute and the Brig. The web site did not have specific times that U could see the Brig. Found out that the Brig can ONLY BE VISITED on Sunday per the sign posted near the docking area. U have to purchase a entry to the Institute, get the... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We attended a two day program for families with high school students and found it fascinating. The staff are very enthusiastic and love to talk about everything you see. They have a variety of programs for kids as young as 5 all the way through high school and beyond. The various exhibits include everything from Patrick, the actual sea star... More

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Tujunga, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One Sunday a month from April throughout the summer months, the Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship will take you on exciting Pyrate Adventures. Sailings are from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Your crew is dressed in period costume and after you set sail, a couple of friendly pirates will appear on deck from below and entertain you will all... More

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