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Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
Phone Number:
+1 949-496-2274
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Ocean Institute is open to visitors daily; weekdays, 10 am - 4 pm, and...

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 most of the facility on weekends. Enjoy hundreds of marine animals in aquaria, ocean-themed exhibits and take a tour of a tall ship. For an extra charge, take a tall ship sail or whale watching cruise.

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Great way tospend a day w/children.

Very informative means of introducing children to facts regarding marine life and conditions, and protecting the environment without the hysteria of some of the better known... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
petelapuh
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San Juan Capistrano, California

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative means of introducing children to facts regarding marine life and conditions, and protecting the environment without the hysteria of some of the better known agencies that promote ecological preservation. The excursions for day and night observations are particularly valuable so take one if the opportunity presents itself.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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166 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended an evening food & wine fundraiser for a local HS in Dana Point. They space was great and it was not very cold considering its right next to the harbor. I would recommend this place as an event venue.

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Thank Cynthia G
Upland, California
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

located in Dana Point Harbor. Great place for the kids with family. Kids will love it and learn a lot, first class.

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Thank bruce4magi
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

This is the place to learn about the ocean and how we can protect it. Very knowledgeable people to answer your questions. This institute is for everybody. Kids of all ages will learn a great deal about the ocean and be amazed at the variety of creatures you will meet.

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Thank Diana N
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Great place for a family outing,great education for the whole family,fun and entertaining,great gift shop good prices

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Thank lasmith2021
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

The Ocean Institue was a fun and informative place to visit. There is a charge to get in, but you have a tour guide the whole time who is explaining a lot about the institute and ocean life. Our tour guide was also great with our smaller children who were full of questions. After visiting the institute we took a... More 

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Thank Charity D
Riverside
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Attended a party at the Ocean Institute and was not overly impressed. The room was hot on a Nov night, even with the doors open - they need fans overhead if they aren't going to run AC. The restrooms were standard public restrooms. Staff was not overly friendly, food was ok.

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Thank 1Gl0balTraveler
Wooster, Ohio
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

learned a lot about the ocean, the ocean depths and what is beneath the sea. very educational with lots of fun facts. school group was getting an introduction to the brig pilgrim as we walked by.. don't miss the beach behind the ocean institute or the break wall. great spot for watching the waves and the tide come in

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Thank jim w
San Diego, California
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87 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Great educational stop while in Dana Point. They have historic boats, classes/demonstrations, and informational areas. You can spend thirty minutes or 3 hours here and enjoy your time.

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Laguna Niguel
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We have been members of the Ocean Institute for many years. We went to see the Tall Ships Festival held at Dana Point Harbor held annually. The institute, who hosted the Tall Ship Festival in league with the city of Dana Point, is situated in a picturesque setting adjacent to Dana Point in the harbor. We knew a little about... More 

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