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Ocean Institute

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ocean Institute
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“tall ship”(9 reviews)
“sea life”(13 reviews)
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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
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
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+1 949-496-2274
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All reviews gift shop tall ship sea life tide pools star fish nice little place maritime history learning areas learning center great place to learn buy tickets underwater world dana point harbor an aquarium school kids couple of hours set sail
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

a great learning experience especially for kids. With a small but wonderful aquarium and hands on exhibits

Thank Ed P
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Basic ocean information. Tiny "aquarium". Obligatory tacky gift shop. Seems to be geared more towards childrens classes.

1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed October 29, 2018

The tall ships are dock over by the institute, plenty of things to keep the kids interested and busy

Thank Camper558804
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Coder
Reviewed September 6, 2018

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

Thank adoc4u
Reviewed August 6, 2018

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

1  Thank Craig E
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank rsenteno
Reviewed July 9, 2018

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

Thank Bubuflu
Reviewed July 1, 2018

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

1  Thank William S
Reviewed June 21, 2018

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

Thank Karen M
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Soledad6446
June 16, 2017|
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Response from OIDanaPoint | Property representative |
Admission is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends for adults, and $7.50 for seniors and children
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