Ride / Park

Getting to and getting around the Dana Point Festival of Whales has never been easier!

Free Shuttle

The Festival’s FREE shuttle gets you to each every event location – just hop on board at any shuttle stop and get off when you reach your destination.  Get on and off as many times as you like – it’s FREE

Available every day of the Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 7) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 15). Please refer to our online map (SEE BELOW) for shuttle stops, routes, parking lot and event locations.



There are multiple parking lots throughout the Festival. Some of these lots fill earlier than others, but ALL lots are serviced by the FREE shuttle. Please refer to the Festival map for parking options.

Park free for up to 4 hours in most Harbor lots. Please remember, 4 hours maximum in these lots. All parking lots are monitored by Orange County Sheriff’s Department so please do check your watch when you park and keep an eye on the time. No matter where you park the FREE shuttle services all event locations.

Park at Doheny State Beach ALL day for only $8 or $2 per hour (pay machine only) each weekend of the Festival. If you wish to take advantage of this pricing please visit the automated pay machines located in the parking lots. The kiosk will not be equipped to handle the special Festival of Whales reduced parking rates. From Doheny, catch the FREE shuttle that services this area approximately every 15 minutes. You can take in the newly revived Whale Walk while you are there.


Water Taxi – Back by popular demand

Daily service during the Festival will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 10 AM to 4 PM. Round trip tickets are $5 per person. Present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and ride the water taxi for only $3 round trip per person. Park and ride and take in all the great sights from the water! Your captain will share interesting facts and features about the Dana Point area and it’s fascinating history.

Festival of Whales - Whale Walk
Festival of Whales - Whale WalkWhales don the walkways of Doheny State Beach.  This is just part of the beauty you can experience when parking at Doheny State Park where the Festival’s FREE shuttle services the area approximately every 15 minutes. PARK and RIDE and migrate with the whales!

Festival of Whales - Water TaxiWater Taxi service during the Festival between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 10 AM to 4 PM. Round trip tickets are $5 per person.