Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!


Kayak Harbor Tour
Join us for our Public Kayak Program!

Join us for a 2-hour interactive tour around the Dana Point Harbor. Learn about the history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem from one of our expert Naturalists. 


Whale and Marine Life Tour

Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise. 

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Red, White, and Blue Picnic Tricks
WILD Weekend Series

Do you want to impress your friends at your 4th of July picnics with fun and intelligent tricks? Attend this WILD Weekend and you will learn the science behind the best ones! Come create Minty Fireworks, Patriotic Fizzing Sea Stars, and Fizzy Popsicle Paintings. You will take home a kit to entertain your BBQ guests at home. Your ticket includes admission to Ocean Institute so don’t forget to come early and explore.


Adventure Sail
Pirates, Patriots, and Privateers


Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer.  Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.



$25.00/Adults (18-54)
$20.00/Seniors (55 & Up)
$20.00/Active Duty Military (ID required)
$10.00/Children (4-17)
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


Tiny Tots: Mighty Mariners
Parent & Me Program

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series exploring that will stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter and an activity. This program is suitable for ages two to three years, with parental support.



Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education