Located at the very end of Dana Dr, right next to Baby Beach on the north (?) end of the harbor. I expected it to be more like an aquarium. They offer tours of the facility including the sailing ships. Interesting information given on both...More
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The hands on exhibits were a hit with the kiddos. We had a great time here, just wish we had more of it! Ryder and Byron tend to whip through exhibits, which run out pretty quickly here. The nice part was getting to go back...More
Hello! We are so glad that your children had such a great time. While our Ocean Science labs are open on Saturdays, the brig Pilgrim is closed for routine maintenance. On Sundays the brig Pilgrim is open for tours, along with select days during the...More
Highly recommend the 10:00 am boat ride. The pre-talk (9:15) by Captain Mike was informative and imaginative; we learned so much about gray whales and appreciated his inquisitive spirit. The crew is full of scientists who generously shared their knowledge about what we were seeing....More
We are so happy that you enjoyed your time on our Pacific Marine Exploration Cruise! Our captain, staff, and volunteers put a lot of passion into their work. We look forward to having you aboard again sometime!
There are many great experiences you and your family can share at the Dana Point Ocean Institute. Marine science, and California history are all part of the show.
a great learning experience especially for kids. With a small but wonderful aquarium and hands on exhibits
Basic ocean information. Tiny "aquarium". Obligatory tacky gift shop. Seems to be geared more towards childrens classes.
The tall ships are dock over by the institute, plenty of things to keep the kids interested and busy
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