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Fish and Jellfish

very small but hands on place with different species of fish and jellyfish. Collection of whale... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2018
Dickinson, Texas, United States
Nice for a smaller community, But

I institute is ok for something to do in Dana Point. It has a lot of educational information to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Craig E
Brawley, California
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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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24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 wcshepherd2
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
Reviewed March 15, 2018

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.

2  Thank DOUG H
Reviewed February 26, 2018

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

1  Thank Alan B
Reviewed February 26, 2018

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!

Thank ontheroad29
Reviewed February 17, 2018

This small research and educational foundation does great work educating young people about ocean life right here. The displays are modest, but filled with examples of creatures found right off the beach, and further out. There are short guided tours geared for kids, but informative...More

Thank bartr
Reviewed January 22, 2018

The Institute offers very informative displays of marine life and the boat excursions are excellent, especially the bioluminescence cruise. Membership is reasonable and offers many extra perks.

Thank Joleen F
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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