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Metrolink Is Your Ticket to Savings at the Festival of Whales!

The California Gray Whales are heading south to Mexico on their annual migration. Celebrate this amazing natural spectacle at the 43rd Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point on two consecutive weekends, March 1 and 2, and March 8 and 9, 2014. This year, Metrolink has more special offers than ever to help you enjoy your visit. Count on Metrolink to get you to the festival for less, and to help you save on whale watching excursions, overnight hotel stays and more. Take a FREE shuttle service to all event locations—there’s something for everyone!  Click here for a list of events.

FREE Metrolink Tickets and Other Prizes!

Join us for a pre-festival celebration at the Orange Metrolink Station on Saturday, March 1, starting at 9:00 a.m. Come early ‒ the first 50 people receive a free Metrolink ticket to the festival!  Enjoy free food sponsored by Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge and hear live music by Headshine. Bring a non-perishable donation for Second Harvest Food Bank and spin the wheel for free prizes.

The Orange Metrolink Station is located at 194 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866. Parking is free.

After the fun at the Orange Station, board Metrolink Train 859 that departs for San Juan Capistrano at 10:08 a.m.


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Save With a $10 Weekend Day Pass

OCTA and Metrolink can help you get to the festival of Whales and get great deals too! Buy a Weekend Pass for just $10. The pass is valid for systemwide travel all day Saturday or Sunday. Get your Weekend Pass at any Metrolink station ticket vending machine.

 

How to Get to the Festival

Metrolink makes it easy to get to the Festival of Whales. Ride Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station, then take OCTA Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point and you’re there! Bus transfers are free with your Metrolink ticket. On March 1, free limited one-way shuttles will be available. Read on for details.

You can also bring your bike along and take the San Juan Creek bike trail for three miles to Dana Point and the festival.

Take Metrolink to the Festival of Whales

The easiest way to get to the festival is by Metrolink train. Board the train at the station nearest you and head to San Juan Capistrano. From San Juan Capistrano, show your Metrolink ticket and ride OCTA Bus Route 91 South free to Dana Point. Bus Route 91 South can accommodate passengers requiring ADA accessible transportation.

For Metrolink passengers coming from San Bernardino, Riverside-Downown and La Sierra, North Main and West Corona, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:

  • Board Metrolink Train 859 on the IEOC Line at the station nearest you
  • Train arrives San Juan Capistrano at 10:40 a.m.
  • From the station, walk to bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega
  • At 11:17 a.m., board Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point
  • Exit the bus stop at #1518 off Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Drive in Dana Point at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  • Walk down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the festival
  • Or you can enter Doheny State Park (directional sign at bus stop), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed to marked Festival of Whales shuttle stop. Ride the shuttle free to all event locations.

 
Special One-Way Shuttles Available

On March 1, specially marked Festival of Whales shuttles will offer free rides from OCTA bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega directly to the parade viewing area. These shuttles will not provide return transportation to this bus stop or to the San Juan Capistrano station. Passengers will need to board an OCTA bus for return to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station.

For Metrolink passengers coming from Oceanside or San Clemente:

  • Board Metrolink Train 661 or 665 on the OC Line at the station nearest you
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip

For Metrolink passengers coming from L.A. Union Station, Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:

  • Take train 660 or 662 on the OC Line at the station nearest you
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip

Returning Home Is Easy

  • Walk to bus stop #1501 off Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo in Dana Point.
  • At 3:57 p.m., board Bus Route 91 North (towards Laguna Hills).
  • Exit the bus at stop #7042 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega in San Juan Capistrano at approximately 4:11 p.m.
  • Walk to the train station across the street.
  • Take Metrolink Train 860 on the OC Line at 5:03 p.m. to stations north.

 

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Save 50% on Whale Watching Excursions
Save on whale watching excursions with Dana Wharf Whale Watching or the Ocean Institute. Present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass, or 91 Express Lanes transponder, and you’ll save 50% off whale watching excursion ticket prices.

 

Dana Wharf
Dana Wharf Whale Watching is located at 34675 Golden Lantern. For more information or to make reservations (required), click here http://www.danawharf.com/whalewatch.html or call (949) 496-5764.

 

Ocean Institute
The Ocean Institute is at 24200 Dana Point Drive. For more information or to make reservations, click here http://www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

*Some Restrictions Apply
- Offer based on space availability, advance reservations strongly suggested
- Must present Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder
at time of check in
- Discount applicable during Festival of Whales, March 1, 2 and 8, 9, 2014
- Non-transferable

 

Stay Overnight for only $79!
Want to celebrate into the night or for the entire weekend? With your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder, you can stay overnight at the Dana Point Marina Inn for the special rate of $79, single or double occupancy. Be sure to mention the OCTA rate when you make reservations (required). Then just show your ticket or 91 Express Lanes transponder when you make reservations (required). Then just show your ticket or 91 Express Lanes transponder when you check in. The Dana Point Marina Inn is located at 24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive, in the heart of beautiful Dana Point Harbor. For reservations, phone 1-800-255-6843 or email info@danapointmarinainn.com. For more information on this lovely property please visit http://www.danapointmarinainn.com.

 

Buy One Premium Coffee Beverage, Get One Free
Buy one premium coffee beverage at Coffee Importers and get a second one free when you show your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder. This offer expires March 31, 2014.

Coffee Importers is located at 34531 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, CA 92629, in Mariners Village in Dana Point Harbor “at the water’s edge.”

 

Free Appetizer at Wind & Sea

Choose from abundant outdoor seating or dine indoors – every table offers a panoramic harborside view partnered with outstanding cuisine.

Receive a Free House Appetizer (Chef’s Choice) upon presentation of your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder. One per table with purchase of entrée in the dining room. This offer is valid March 1 – 9, 2014.

Wind & Sea Restaurant is located at 34699 Golden Lantern in the heart of Dana Point Harbor in Dana Wharf.  Phone: 949-496-6500
http://www.windandsearestaurants.com/windandsea/home.htm

 

Festival of Whales ALL NEW Water Taxi

Daily service from 10 AM to 2 PM during the two Festival weekends will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute for a minimal round trip fee of only $3 per person. Present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and ride the water taxi for only $1 round trip.

Tickets may be purchased at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or at the Ocean Institute. Park and then ride this fun new water taxi and take in all the great sites from the water! Your captain will share interesting facts and features about the Dana Point area and it’s fascinating history. Ride all day for only $5 per person!