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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274
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Intimate peek at SoCal under the sea

This small research and educational foundation does great work educating young people about ocean... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bartr
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Dallas PA
Great for kids and adults

The Institute offers very informative displays of marine life and the boat excursions are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joleen F
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Laguna Woods, 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 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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“gift shop” (9 reviews)
“sea life” (13 reviews)
“tall ship” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
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+1 949-496-2274

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 6 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

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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 10 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

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Visited the Institute while waiting for the Tall Ships Festival to begin. Lot of exhibits and a very friendly volunteer staff.

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

All is good there. The only problem is that the whales are all born in Mexico, and these days...well, you know. Some stay away to avoid the flack...Sad.

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OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Hi James! Thank you for the great review, we love our members and appreciate your support!

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

We enjoyed the two-hour tour on the "Spirit of Dana Point," a hand-built reproduction of a circa 1770s schooner. The ship is crewed by four people, plus the captain. For those interested, the tour includes a brief firing of one of the on-board cannons. Likes:...More

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OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Hi TrademarkTraveler! Thank you for the great review, we are glad you enjoyed the sail abord Spirit! We are always looking to improve our attractions for adults, and are currently working to improve our website! We really appreciate the feedback. Thank you for visiting!

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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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