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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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A Neighborhood Gem, not to be missed

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited during a family vacation. Rather small facility. Staff were extremely helpful and full of interesting information that I enjoyed, but the teenagers were very bored. Best for adults or kids under 13.

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DANAPOINT
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Ocean Institute is a wonderful place to visit. It is fascinating for the whole family to learn and see all that our Ocean has to offer!

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Dana Point, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Kids will love all the hands on sea life displays and activities! Check to see if/when they are sailing an old fashioned tall masted schooner

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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Limited exhibits, but wonderful staff and volunteers. Great place to learn about the ocean life just outside its doors.

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Dana Point, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a must for short people and tall people visiting the harbor. An abundance of live local ocean specimens that are for viewing and there are docents there to explain it all. most of the living species are displayed in user friendly tanks so all can see. There is an open tank of sea slugs, sea stars and mollusks... More 

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