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Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute Review

Two indoor tanks at the Ocean Institute contain touchable sea creatures, an accessible man-made tidepool, as well as the complete skeleton of a gray whale. Anchored near the institute is The Pilgrim, a full-size replica of the square-rigged vessel on which Richard Henry Dana sailed. You can tour the boat Sunday 10–3:30. Weekend cruises are also available. In addition, marine-mammal exploration cruises are given January through March.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629 | Map It
  • Phone: 949/496–2274
  • Cost: $6.50, $35 marine mammal cruises
  • Hours: Weekends 10–3
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  • Location: Dana Point
Updated: 04-22-2011

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