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“Nice to know someone in the inside”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute
Ranked #1 of 1 Museums in Dana Point
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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Alta Loma, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice to know someone in the inside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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.

Visited March 2012
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California
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65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

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

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Laguna Hills, CA
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78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Small but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 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.

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Dana Point, California
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62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 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!

Visited January 2012
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California
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83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Educational but Small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

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

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