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Ocean Institute

Hours Open:
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
10am – 3pm
10am – 3pm
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Using the ocean as our classroom, we inspire children to learn.

The Ocean Institute invites you to explore the ocean’s underwater world and California’s fascinating maritime history through fun, interactive programs and family activities that indulge your ocean curiosity.

The Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization which seeks to demystify the world of science, empower children to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and deepen society’s appreciation of how the ocean and science impact our lives.

We are an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.

We’re located in Dana Point Harbor alongside the tide pools of a Marine Protected Area.

The facility is open to the public seven days a week; please check our website for detailed information about weekday and weekend activities.

Throughout the year we also offer family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and various events including the annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival & Festival of Whales.  For complete information visit