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600 E Bay Ave, Balboa Fun Zone, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1347
+1 714-542-2823
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If you're in the area and have annual membership.

This was once known as ExplorOcean in Balboa Fun Zone. It has recently been merged with Discovery... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Los Angeles, California
Fun with learning

I think kids of any age can find it amazing. We took a 1 and 3 year old boys. They had a blast... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2016
Suwanee, Georgia
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ExplorOcean is proud to introduce the nation’s premiere ocean literacy center. Our Center has been designed to educate our visitors to the essential principles of ocean literacy through exciting hands-on activities. From mapping the ocean floor to manning an ROV, in the Ocean Literacy Center no one keeps their hands to themselves! So roll up your sleeves and dive in- an ocean of wonders awaits!
  • Excellent23%
  • Very good11%
  • Average23%
  • Poor32%
  • Terrible11%
23 Aug 2016
“If you're in the area and have annual membership.”
21 May 2016
“Fun with learning”
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600 E Bay Ave, Balboa Fun Zone, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1347
+1 714-542-2823
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was once known as ExplorOcean in Balboa Fun Zone. It has recently been merged with Discovery Cube and renamed Discovery Cube's OceanQuest. Since my boys love Discovery Cube LA and even love Discovery Cube OC more, we wanted to give it a try. We...More

Thank BigBoyA77
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I think kids of any age can find it amazing. We took a 1 and 3 year old boys. They had a blast. it was a great way to spend a couple of hours right after their naps.

Thank rmdtmd
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Someone with a lot of funding and a dream built ExplorOcean. They meant well, but it just does not excite. Sorry, I'm a local and I had high hopes for the place. Personally, I wish they would replace everything with the old Merry-go-round, bumper cars,...More

1  Thank Goodness4you
Reviewed 7 January 2016

The visit was a complete let down for my grand daughter of 5 yrs! Not much to see and overall very disappointing !

1  Thank Joy M
Reviewed 28 February 2015 via mobile

I can't say enough about the wonderful time our first graders had here. The staff was so helpful and my students learned so much. I couldn't believe all the things we got to experience for the price. We launched soda bottle rockets, went on a...More

2  Thank Hbremen
Reviewed 27 December 2014

Sounds like a nice idea for school-aged kids, especially since I'm involved in environmental education myself, but you should probably go elsewhere if you are part of the general public or have young kids. On a weekday I took about 40 minutes to drive up...More

5  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 29 September 2014

To say I'm not a fan of this place is an understatement. This museum has completely destroyed our quirky little town and replaced the Fun Zone with a museum that no one really wants to go to. We've lost the Bumper Cars, Scary Dark Ride,...More

10  Thank alohaitsaj
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We didn't visit the center (there's a fee) but went to the free Saturday workshop. I took my daughters (8, 10 yo) and friends ( 11, 8, & 7 yo) and they had a blast learn STEM. The projects were awesome and the kids thoroughly...More

1  Thank bamboo222SanDiego_CA
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Extremely disappointed in how they handled a class that my kids attended. Staff was rude and extremely unhelpful. Follow up email from the staff was disappointing as well. Parents avoid.

4  Thank John H
Reviewed 18 September 2013

I highly doubt this is the "nation’s premiere ocean literacy center" as indicated in their description. The place is kind of small and dirty. The touch tank was cool and the staff were nice and friendly. Bathrooms were gross, hold it if you can. I...More

4  Thank elizabethe66
Leslie P, Guest Services Assistant at ExplorOcean, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We thrive on educating children the 7 ocean literacy principles through hands-on activities. Children of all ages enjoy our field trips, events, and summer camps. The exciting new attractions and some of the old rides, like the Ferris Wheel, put...More

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