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Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: (949) 496-2274
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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 treasure

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..

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Trinity, Florida
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Trinity, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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