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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
All reviews gift shop tall ship sea life star fish nice little place learning areas learning center great place to learn buy tickets underwater world dana point harbor first hand school kids couple of hours set sail sailing ship picnic area
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
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
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
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
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
The OI is the premier educational / experiential venue in Orange County. They offer interesting and informative programs and guided tours on maritime history and ocean science. Two tall ships one can board, whale watching excursions and an aquarium. Great gift shop that supports the...More
We stopped off here while visiting Dana Point. This place was a sweet little hidden gem. We took a tour of one of their old time cargo ships. That was really interesting. We all learned something new. We also enjoyed watching the octopus getting fed....More
very small but hands on place with different species of fish and jellyfish. Collection of whale bones and skulls. The outside area has a variety of cactus and great views of the ocean. The price was too high for such a small place.
The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable and friendly. You learn about lots of ocean life as well as currents and surf. There are scheduled lectures by both locals and experts on all subjects including the whales that pass by on their migration. Well worth the...More
The volunteers and other educators here are wonderfully invested in the welfare of the ocean and have become well-informed and able to educate visitors. This is a beautiful installation, quite accessible with good parking. We were able to touch living starfish and a sea cucumber!