Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

33282 Golden Lantern St
Dana Point CA 92629
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Wed: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Thu: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm

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Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center provides visitors with a captivating look at the history of the Dana Point Headlands. Visitors can explore the geological formation of the shoreline and surrounding areas, the plants and animals native to Orange County beach towns, and conservation plans aimed to preserve the natural aspects of the area for future generations. Informative panels, historic artifacts, paintings and photographs depict natural treasures unique to the area.

Parking and public transportation at Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center 
The center is located at 34558 Scenic Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629. Drivers can find city parking on streets and in lots nearby. Orange County bus routes and schedules can help you plan your trip.

Best and worst time go to Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
The center is open daily (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mornings are the best time to visit.

Admission to Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
There is no charge to visit the Nature Interpretive Center or to walk the adjacent trail.

Must see/do at Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Walk the trail and bring your binoculars and camera. Depending on the season, wildlife is very entertaining. With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, you may see whales or dolphins in the water. Local birds, including pelicans, seagulls and hawks can be seen in flight.

Other places to visit near Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
The Dana Point Harbor is nearby with a thriving group of businesses, including restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. The center is a fabulous places to watch boats—or the occasional whale.

Insider tip for visitors to Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Artists like to paint from spots on the nature trail. If you're lucky you can get some tips for creating your own masterpieces.

Author's bio: Connie Jankowski is an award-winning writer and a seasoned traveler. She has lived in Orange County, California for about 30 years.