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The OC Spotlight
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Oct 28 2016
Dana Wharf Kids Halloween Boo Cruise
Join us for a haunted 20 minute harbor cruise! Wear your favorite costume! Trips leav...more
Nov 3 2016
Cove Gallery Laguna Beach Art Walk
The Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach is a participating Laguna Beach Art Walk Gallery. C...more
Nov 3 2016
Día de la Tequila! / Thirsty Thursdays
This Day of the Dead Celebration will feature tequila tasting, art-making, viewing of...more
Nov 24 2016
Thanksgiving Day Cruises
Let Hornblower do all the work while you relax and enjoy being with your friends an...more
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Ocean Institute

  • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point CA 92629
  • Phone: (949) 496-2274
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The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental and ocean education and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about ocean facts, sea creatures, oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them. On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into how ocean science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners! We welcome you to come explore our world and plan your next visit to the Institute.