Ocean Institute Whale Watching and More

March 2, 3
Weekend on the Wharf at the Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center 10 AM to 3 PM 
Join the Ocean Institute as we explore the history of sailing along the California shore. Learn how sailing impacted development of Dana Point, interactive history talks about Richard Henry Dana Jr., whaling exhibition, tours of the historic tall ship, the Brig Pilgrim, and more. Special discounted admission of $5.00 per person this weekend only.

March 9, 10
Magical Migration at the Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center 10 AM to 3 PM 
During the second festival weekend, 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.


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

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.

March 2, 3, 9, 10

Whale Watching Eco Tours aboard the R/V Sea Explorer: 8:30AM, 11:30AM & 2PM
Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 1.5 hour, special Festival of Whales cruise.

Whale’s Tale Sailing Adventure aboard the Spirit of Dana Point: 11AM
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 as we sail in search of the Gray Whale.

Pricing: Adults $60.00; Children (12 and under; minimum age 4): $40.00 Members receive a 10% discount. Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the sail ticket purchase.

For more information or reservations, please visit www.ocean-institute.org or call 949- 496-2274.


March 10

Film Screening: Sonic Sea and Q&A with Film Maker from 6PM to 8PM
The Ocean Institute is honored to host a screening of Sonic Sea, an Emmy-winning film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Learn more about the film, noise pollution, and the Natural Resources Defense Council during our Q&A with co-director and co-producer Daniel Hinerfeld after the film.

Tickets $10.00 in advance/$15.00 at the door. Space is limited; advance registration is encouraged. Cash bar available before and during the film; come early to enjoy food from OC’s favorite local food trucks. To learn more about Sonic Sea, Daniel Hinerfeld, and the entire cast, visit www.sonicsea.org.