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Tide Pools

Kids love hands on learning opportunities and the tide pools in Dana Point are an easily accessible living laboratory.  Park in the lot adjacent to Baby Beach and before the Ocean Institute and your destination is a quick walk away.  Bring some buckets so your scientists can safely view critters for a bit, but don’t forget to return them to their natural habitat, this is a protected marine life area!  It’s always advisable to research low tide so you can access most of the tide pools, our family enjoys an early morning visit to avoid crowds.




The Dana Point Tide Pool is located right behind the Ocean Institute in Dana Point at 24200 Dana Point Drive. Just walk behind the building and you will see a staircase which leads to the beach.  For further information on the tide pools, log on to My Dana Point.

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