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Ocean InstituteThe mysteries of the sea hold a special fascination for many kids, and inspiring children to learn about the ocean with hands-on, interactive programs has been the mission of this education center in Dana Point since it was founded in 1977. The Ocean Institute's two tallships bring the days of the great sailing ships to life. One is modeled on a Revolutionary War era schooner while the other is a full-size replica of The Pilgrim—the ship that Richard Henry Dana Jr., the author of Two Years Before the Mast, sailed on. The Institute also offers 2.5-hour whale-watching cruises.