Ocean Institute Whale Watching and More
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Ocean Institute During the festival weekends, a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales will allow visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them, learn about ongoing research, and create fun whale-theme crafts. Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving, and tide pool touch tanks. Public hours are 9 AM – 3 PM on March 1, 9 AM – 2 PM on March 2 and 10 AM – 4 PM on March 8 & 9. . Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); Children 2 and under are free. Members are free.
March 1, 8
Ocean Institute 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 tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast. 2 PM to 4:30 PM. Cost: Non-members, $40 adults, $23 children 12 & under. Members, $36 adults, $21 children 12 & under (min. age 4).
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Seashore Interpretive Family Hike Time TBA based on tides Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. Hikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge. See admission info below.
Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruises (949) 496-2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
More than just a whale watch, this cruise introduces participants to whales and many other marine animals using state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers, and video microscopes. Experience these magnificent animals and learn about feeding strategies, migration, and behavior patterns. Cruise times are 2.5 hours long beginning at 10 AM and 1:30 1:00 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.