Ride / Park
Getting to and getting around the Dana Point Festival of Whales has never been easier!
Available every day of the Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 5) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 13). Please visit our online map for shuttle stops, routes, parking lot and event locations. Park and ride free all day long and migrate with the whales! Click here for our event map
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.
• Special discounted parking of just $1/hour is available for this event and throughout the Festival weekends. Hop on the FREE shuttle service and take in the Festival of Whales activities and displays throughout the harbor. Hourly parking rates at Doheny State Beach are available at the numerous automated payment machine kiosks located throughout the park, or better yet through the PassportParking Mobile Pay app for smartphones and tablets. This app is available for both iPhones and Android phones (App Store and Google Play). Sign up online at https://ppprk.com/park/. The benefit of the PassportParking Mobile Pay application is in addition to making the initial payment for parking, time can also be added remotely in case you are having a great time at the harbor events and don’t want to return to the parking lot just yet to retrieve your car!
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.
Whales 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!
Water 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.