Monday through Friday we are closed to the public for school programs. On the weekend it's your turn to experience the Ocean Institute!
Saturday & Sunday - 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Take our survey! Click here to let us know about your visit to the Ocean Institute's Weekend Program.
Adult - $6.50
Child (age 3-12) - $4.50
Members - FREE
Teacher Club Members - FREE
*Admission fee includes Pilgrim Tour when applicable.
The Pilgrim is open for tours most Sundays.
Call for details: (949) 496-2274.
The Ocean Institute will be closed to the public on the following dates due to special events:
None at this time
Special Weekend Programs
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Go Green and Blue!
Sunday, April 21 10am to 3pm
Celebrate Earth Day with the Ocean Institute!
Earth Day has been celebrated nationwide since the spring of 1970. Celebrate with us as we spread awareness and appreciation for our environment.
Bring old batteries, clothing and athletic shoes to recycle
Create fun, eco-friendly crafts
Explore marine wildlife & exciting hands-on activities
Experience a preview of The Little Mermaid Jr. by La Paz Intermediate Drama
Volunteer for the beach/harbor clean-up and get free admission for the day!
7th Annual Build-A-Boat Challenge
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
On Saturday, May 4, 2013 teams will gather for a morning of maritime creativity and fun, in support of the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ship Preservation and Maintenance Fund.
Using provided materials, watercrafts of all designs will take shape with teams building from scratch a boat to race in the harbor later that day for much coveted bragging rights and a Build-A-Boat Challenge trophy.
At eight bells (noon for you landlubbers) construction comes to a halt and anticipation builds as the teams prepare to navigate their designs in head-to-head competition.
Come join us to participate on a team or to cheer on your favorite design. Participants will be treated to lunch provided by Savannah Chop House, event t-shirts, live music, and a pirate or two!
Click here for more information or to register a team.
3rd Annual A Mile for Maddie
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
We invite you to join us at the Third Annual A Mile for Maddie, a 1.2 mile fundraising walk to benefit The Maddie James Foundation. The event will take place the morning on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Dana Point. This year’s walk will be extra special as we celebrate the grand opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center!
Following the walk, registered participants are invited to enjoy the Open House Festival at the Ocean Institute. The Open House Festival will feature:
Self-guided tours through the Ocean Institute and the Pilgrim, a full size replica of an early nineteenth century three-mast schooner.
Fun activities for the whole family!
Registration is required. Click here to REGISTER!
Seafarer’s Guided Expedition aboard the Brig Pilgrim
The Ocean Institute invites you to experience California history through the life of 19th century sailors aboard the Brig Pilgrim. You may choose to tour the ship at your own leisure during the Open House period or the crew will lead you through the Pilgrim during the Seafarer's Guided Expedition where adults and children can participate in activities such as moving cargo, raising the staysail, knot tying or gunnery. Guided expedition is approximately 30-45 minutes long. Sign up at the front desk. Tour reservation
s are taken on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited. Tour times: 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM.
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