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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274
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Perfect site for a wedding

Our friends got married and had their wedding reception here. What a great venue! The crowd of 150... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
viensEC
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El Cajon, California
Tall Ships Festival 2017

We went with friends who recently moved here and wanted to go. The event is geared for kids but... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
TooMuch2Do
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Laguna Niguel, 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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“gift shop” (8 reviews)
“sea life” (13 reviews)
“tall ship” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 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 4 weeks ago

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
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

Thank TooMuch2Do
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.

Thank Chuck8700
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.

1  Thank James C
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!

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

Thank TrademarkTraveler
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!

Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a beautiful place but could be so much more. They need to have a constant flow of things to do. Once you pet the star fish and read about how man is destroying everything, or go on a tour of the ship, what's...More

1  Thank Jerry K
OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Hi Jerry! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate the feedback! We are constantly working to improve the Ocean Institute experience for everyone. During the week, our labs and other activities are used by schools during their field...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We came on the wrong day or we missed out on the special programs. It felt more like a learning center for school kids that needed a tour guide to enjoy. I took my teenager and we were done in about 30 minutes. Very nice...More

1  Thank Alisha T
OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Hi Alisha! Thank you for taking the time to review the Ocean Institute. During the week, most of the labs are used for school field trips, with all of them opening on the weekends. Maybe your teenager would enjoy the weekend experience more, or even...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

I visited the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on a Thursday as a tag along to a school field trip. Due to the number of people allowed in per group, I was not allowed in with the 1st graders to where they received their educational...More

Thank satilano
OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Ocean Institute! We pride ourselves on being an educational facility where the public and schools can visit to learn more about our oceans and environment. It sounds like your child participated in "A House for Hermit...More

Reviewed 10 May 2017

As a member of the Ocean Institute, I can say first hand how beneficial and educational the institute is for people of all ages. The institute has 3 ships, the Brig Pilgrim replica, the Spirit of Dana Point, and the Sea Explorer. People can experience...More

Thank Tom M
OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for the great review, we love our members, and are so appreciative of your support! We understand the role-play aboard Pilgrim and The Spirit can seem intense; we assure you that our instructors go through rigorous training to be able to gauge how...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017

Great place to visit whether an adult or family with young children. The staff is very knowledgeable about sea life and the history of the area. The exhibits are interesting and attractively displayed. Well worth the fee to enter.

Thank 777jeannie
OIDanaPoint, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for the great review, visit again soon!

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Soledad6446
17 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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