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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274
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Fish Delight

We spent a few hours at the Ocean Institute with children and grandchildren and learned quite a bit... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
Jacobus M
Huntington Beach, California
Not worth it

Stopped here to check it out but didn't realize there was almost nothing to see or do and was... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Evergreen, Colorado
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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%
Travellers talk about
“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
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-2723
+1 949-496-2274

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

We spent a few hours at the Ocean Institute with children and grandchildren and learned quite a bit about sea life. The children liked very much touching the life fish. Next we visited the old sailing ship the "Pilgrim' moored next to the Institute and...More

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

Thank you for the great review, we are so glad you enjoyed the visit!

Reviewed 3 March 2017

Stopped here to check it out but didn't realize there was almost nothing to see or do and was charged $15 for our family of 3 and we were there for maybe 15 min. There was a fish tank with an eel and a couple...More

Thank valsview
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Very informative means of introducing children to facts regarding marine life and conditions, and protecting the environment without the hysteria of some of the better known agencies that promote ecological preservation. The excursions for day and night observations are particularly valuable so take one if...More

Thank petelapuh
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I attended an evening food & wine fundraiser for a local HS in Dana Point. They space was great and it was not very cold considering its right next to the harbor. I would recommend this place as an event venue.

Thank Cynthia G
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 10 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 24 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 28 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
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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