Dana Point's Tall Ship Festival is coming up this September!

If you like the sights, sounds and smells of maritime life but would rather keep your feet on solid ground, then this is the event for you. The Dana Point's Tall Ships Festival, presented by the Ocean Institute, will offer treasure hunts, story times, live ocean animals such as sea stars, sharks, rays, octopuses and jellyfish, interactive exhibits and Cap'n Jack's School for Scallywags, where kids can learn to talk, walk and act like a friendly pirate.

Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships. There will be eight tall ships, interactive living history encampments and stage shows, and a chance to tour the tall ships, take cruises and explore the Ocean Institute facilities. 
 
When: Saturday September 12, 2015 and Sunday September 13, 2015.
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Ocean Institute in Dana Point
 

HIGHLIGHTS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

10 a.m.: Ocean Institute opens

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Tall ships open for tours

10:30 a.m.: "Monsters of the Deep," Ocean Institute

11 a.m. and 1 and 4:15 p.m.: Cap'n Jack's School for Scallywags – Kids' Pirate School, Ocean Institute

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.: "Art and the Sea" workshops, Pilgrim

Noon and 4:30 p.m.: Pillage and Plunder with Black Bart and his Band of Pirates, Pilgrim

1 p.m.: Sail-handling demonstration, Pilgrim

3 p.m.: Cannon-firing demonstration, Pilgrim

3:15 p.m.: "Blue Whales - A Sea of Cortes Natural History and their Plight off the California Coast," Ocean Institute

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Sunset Cannon Battles

5 p.m.: Ocean Institute and Pilgrim close

A Pirate Adventure Pass includes deck tours on all tall ships, activities aboard the Pilgrim and admission and activities inside the Ocean Institute. The cost is $10 per day for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12. A weekend pass is $15 and $12.

To see the full schedule and get Pirate Adventure Passes, go to tallshipsfestival.com. Ocean Institute members get discounts.

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