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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274
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Ocean Institute Museum/Aquarium

located in Dana Point Harbor. Great place for the kids with family. Kids will love it and learn a... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Upland, California
Great place to learn about the ocean and how to protect this most precious resource.

This is the place to learn about the ocean and how we can protect it. Very knowledgeable people to... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2017
Diana N
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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” (8 reviews)
“sea life” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274

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Reviewed 14 January 2017

located in Dana Point Harbor. Great place for the kids with family. Kids will love it and learn a lot, first class.

Thank bruce4magi
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This is the place to learn about the ocean and how we can protect it. Very knowledgeable people to answer your questions. This institute is for everybody. Kids of all ages will learn a great deal about the ocean and be amazed at the variety...More

Thank Diana N
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Great place for a family outing,great education for the whole family,fun and entertaining,great gift shop good prices

Thank lasmith2021
Reviewed 23 November 2016

The Ocean Institue was a fun and informative place to visit. There is a charge to get in, but you have a tour guide the whole time who is explaining a lot about the institute and ocean life. Our tour guide was also great with...More

Thank Charity D
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Attended a party at the Ocean Institute and was not overly impressed. The room was hot on a Nov night, even with the doors open - they need fans overhead if they aren't going to run AC. The restrooms were standard public restrooms. Staff was...More

Thank 1Gl0balTraveler
Reviewed 27 October 2016

learned a lot about the ocean, the ocean depths and what is beneath the sea. very educational with lots of fun facts. school group was getting an introduction to the brig pilgrim as we walked by.. don't miss the beach behind the ocean institute or...More

Thank jim w
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Great educational stop while in Dana Point. They have historic boats, classes/demonstrations, and informational areas. You can spend thirty minutes or 3 hours here and enjoy your time.

Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We have been members of the Ocean Institute for many years. We went to see the Tall Ships Festival held at Dana Point Harbor held annually. The institute, who hosted the Tall Ship Festival in league with the city of Dana Point, is situated in...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit with kids. So much to learn in a non paid park atmosphere. Sea life both Old and new, great exhibit. You Will enjoy the rest of the day around Dana Point.

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The Ocean Institute is a fabulous spot to learn so much more than you ever dreamed of. It is located near a beach area, so the sights are both indoors and outdoors. It is a crown jewel for children, but also teens and adults.

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How much does it cost ?
16 June 2017|
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Response from Jacobus M | Reviewed this property |
For my family (2 seniors, 5 adults and 2 children I paid $70. that includes visit to the ship "Pilgrim" moored in the harbor.