Whether you are local to Orange County, or a tourist planning a vacation, making time for a family whale watching trip at Dana Wharf is something to add to your list.
We chose the Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour, and added the Wyland Art Lesson in the Wild option to the trip.
After boarding the Dana Pride, the kids watched a short video where Wyland (the artist of the sea) demonstrated a step by step drawing of a grey whale, as well as a dolphin.
The kids draw along with the video, and then add color and details to their pictures. Wyland himself looks at each drawing and the grand prize winner gets a framed piece of art created by Wyland! They really enjoyed this part!
It was a chilly morning, especially once we got out on the water, so come prepared not only with warm clothes and accessories, but sunscreen as well. Gloves, scarves and multiples layers made us very comfortable during the 2 hour excursion.
We were very excited to spot two whales only about 10 minutes into our tour. We were able to watch them for quite some time, allowing the kids plenty of time to observe.
The girls also loved exploring the lower deck. It was my 4 year old’s first time on a boat, so she kept herself very busy taking it all in. There were tables on the upper deck, which made it great for viewing, as well as relaxing.
Inside the boat, we were pleasantly surprised at all the snacks and food options. From homemade breakfast burritos to burgers, they had a great menu. We enjoyed some grilled cheese sandwiches halfway through our tour, and it was nice to have something to warm us up!
Our tour was from 10am-noon, and was just the right amount of time. The kids had a great time, were thrilled to spot their first whale sightings, and we all loved the outdoor family time together.
Check out Dana Point Sportfishing and Whale Watching if you are in the Dana Point area. It’s a great family activity any time of year!
Written by Anne