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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
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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 15 March 2018
DOUG H
,
Dickinson, Texas, United States
What a great place to learn about the oceans.

The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable and friendly. You learn about lots of ocean life as well... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Alan B
,
Calgary
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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 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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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
“sea life” (13 reviews)
“tall ship” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723

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Reviewed 15 March 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.

Thank DOUG H
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Reviewed 26 February 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

Thank Alan B
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Reviewed 26 February 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!

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Reviewed 17 February 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

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Reviewed 22 January 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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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

OCEAN INSTITUTE, Dana Point Harbor, CA! Just look for the Tall Ships, close to BABY🏖BEACH! The Iconic PILGRIM entered Dana Point Harbor in Sept 1981, it's a full-sized replica of the Original Pilgrim built in 1825! Also docked in front of the OCEAN INSTITUTE, is the "Spirit...More

Thank LagunaBch
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Located in Beautiful Dana Point Harbor. Interesting tour of the marine life. You first walk into a cute Nautical Gift Shop, purchase your tickets, which are $5 week day per person. Then enter a small museum with tanks of snails, starfish & ha d shelled...More

Thank MarciaRI
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Took our 3 grandchildren there and didn’t realize it was so small. The boys got bored very quickly. The ticket price is not bad at all for how small it is.

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Our friends got married and had their wedding reception here. What a great venue! The crowd of 150 was seated between the different sea life learning areas, facing towards the ocean, while the happy couple took their vows. After the ceremony, there was a bar...More

Thank viensEC
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We went with friends who recently moved here and wanted to go. The event is geared for kids but with a little planning adults can have fun, too. We parked at Strands around 1:30 on Saturday and took the shuttle, which arrived quickly and after...More

Thank TooMuch2Do
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Soledad6446
16 June 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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