Ocean Institute Whale Watching and More

March 5, 6, 12, 13

Ocean Institute Parking information: The Ocean Institute offers free parking for our guests. During this busy festival weekend, there is a FREE trolley service that offers drop off at and pick up service near the Ocean Institute approximately every 15 minutes to multiple parking lots throughout the Harbor and Doheny State Beach.

Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center open 10 AM to 3 PM – During the festival weekends, a hands-on journey into the mysterious and captivating world of whales will allow visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. Guests follow the migration of the gray whale as they move through the facility, starting in Baja, moving on to the California Coast, and ending up in Alaska.

Along the way there will be opportunities to investigate how whales communicate and eat, to see how changes to the marine environment affects them, and to learn about ongoing research. Guests can even participate in our Whale of a Tale educational craft activity room for a suggested minimal fee.

Additional activities include hands-on dissections, animal feedings, driving a remotely operated vehicle, and touch tanks in which guests touch live sea stars and other tide pool animals. Guests may also explore the underwater world and participate in pop-up experiments in our new Headlands and Beyond exhibit.

Non-member Admission: $10.00 adults, $7.50 seniors & children. Members and children under 2 are free. For more information or reservations, please go to www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

March 5 & 12

Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure – From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale. Join us for an exciting tall ship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast. Join us for a pre-sail whaling talk in the boathouse at 12:15 PM, with sailing from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

Cost for Non-members: $40 adults, $23 children 12 & under.
Cost for Members: $36 adults, $21 children 12 & under (min. age 4).

For more information or reservations, please go to www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruises – Cruise times are 2.5 hours long beginning at 10 AM and 1 PM on Festival weekends. Member pricing is $22/adult and $19/child (4 – 12 years old). Non-member pricing is $35/adult and $22/child (4 – 12 years old). Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase. For more information please visit www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.