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Dana Point

Dana Point is one of our favorite places to go with kids on the California south coast. The flat sand beach at Doheny State Beach is a mile long, and you can camp right next to the waves. From Dana Point Harbor, go kayaking, paddleboarding, whale watching, or sail on a tallship. Dana Point is named for Richard Henry Dana, writer of his adventures sailing along the California coast in Two Years Before the Mast.
    Dana Point Harbor
    Ocean Institute – On weekends, check out the exhibits of sea creatures, including jellyfish and octopus feedings. The institute also has different programs kids will enjoy – tidepool hikes, learn about the oceans and draw your own pictures or go on marine wildlife cruises with institute scientists to look for dolphins or whales.
    Docked at the Institute is the Pilgrim, a replica of the brig sailed by Richard Henry Dana. On Sundays are living history programs, where you can tour the tall ship and learn about 19th century life at sea.
    More details about the Ocean Institute.
    Baby Beach (Dana Cove Beach) – Next to the Ocean Institute is a sandy beach and floats where little kids can play in the water without worrying about boats going by. Grass, shaded picnic areas, and barbeques are next to the beach.
    Go kayaking or paddleboarding – Rent kayaks or paddleboards and go out in the calm waters of the harbor.
      Whale watching cruises – Go whale watching year round to look for blue whales and gray whales, along with dolphins, sea lions and pelicans.
    Go tidepooling – Dana Point Marine Life Refuge, just to the west of the harbor, has tidepools at low tide. Look for sea anemones, barnacles, hermit crabs, shore crabs, and sea stars.
    Lantern Bay Park – On Fridays in June, there are free family-friendly movies in the park. Bring your beach chairs.
   

Doheny State Beach – This state beach is large, over 60 acres, and is pleasant to visit year round. Come to the beach for the day, and or camp.

    At the north day use area, rent boogie boards, surf boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys. Cruiser bikes, kids bikes and surreys are also available for rent. There are volleyball nets (and volleyballs for rent if you didn't bring your own).
    Also in the north day use area is a snack bar, grassy areas, barbeques and shaded picnic tables.
      Tidepools – Just north of San Juan Creek are tidepools at low tide.
      In the the south area, right at the beach, is the campground, with hot showers and fire rings. In summer at the Campfire Center are natural history programs, and check out the Junior Ranger programs during the week.
   

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Farmers market - Saturday, 9am - 1pm, stop into the farmers market at La Plaza St. and the Coast Highway to pick up picnic supplies.

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