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“Nice to know someone in the inside”
Review of Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute
Ranked #1 of 2 Museums in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 31, 2012

A fellow academic invited me to his mundane day and what a joy to see him work. I am by birth, tied to the sea. To swim, to observe nature renews me as peacefully as some people who hike in Hawaii rain forests.

Thank mahalofromafar
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"gift shop"
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"sea life"
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"tall ship"
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"star fish"
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"museum aquarium"
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"learning areas"
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"learning center"
in 3 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 4 reviews
"buy tickets"
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"underwater world"
in 2 reviews
"learning experience"
in 3 reviews
"dana point harbor"
in 10 reviews
"kids will love"
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"first hand"
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"whole family"
in 6 reviews
"set sail"
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Lots to see and do here .... and what better setting than the beautiful Dana Point Harbor!

Thank A_So_Cal_Local
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a small museam/aquariam. They have some hands-on exhibits and great volunteers who are very knowledgeable. It's great for small kids and doesn't take long to tour.

Thank Esbart
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

North end of the Harbor. Boat watching, instructional, informational classes. Replica ships. Educational ocean tours available. Gift shop is reasonable-some unusual gifts for kids especially. Nice setting-there's 3 benches for stopping & enjoying the rocky coast and surf-we've seen hundreds of dolphins & some sea lions here. A small protected beach area off to the side. Long rocky breakwater to the left, BUT DO NOT WALK DURING HIGH TIDE OR STORMS!

Thank xskywalkermom
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

A bit too small for a full day, but good for schoolchildren or a quick visit.

Thank LuxFirstTravel
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