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.
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.