Ocean Explorers

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Ocean Explorers

Half-Day & Full-Day Sessions

Engage your Ocean Explorers with a day of learning and fun designed to nurture their love for the beautiful sea. Kids ages 5-12 will dive into a spectacular underwater world filled with amazing sea creatures, creative activities, and one-of-a-kind adventures.

Ocean Explorers is a living classroom, an underwater aquarium with an interactive tide pool where children learn about preserving the ocean and all of its amazing marine life through fun activities and lessons inside the classroom and outside on the beach. Immersive and adventurous, the experiences provide your child with an exciting addition to their family vacation.

For overnight guests only. A portion of the proceeds benefits Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and its vital efforts to promote ocean conservation.

Summer Schedule

Engage your Ocean Explorers with a day of learning and fun. Explorers ages 5-12 will be immersed into a spectacular underwater world filled with amazing sea creatures, creative activities and one-of-a-kind adventures inside the living classroom and out on the beach.


Under The Sea

Discover mesmerizing sea creatures and embark on unforgettable aquatic adventures. Join us as we explore the mysteries of the ocean and create lasting memories.


Ocean Science

Unleash your inner scientist and dive deep into the wonders of marine biology. Conduct hands-on experiments and explore the mysteries that lie beneath the waves.


Oceans of the World

Embark on a global adventure and voyage through the captivating waters of our planet. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Pacific, explore the remarkable oceans that connect us all.


Legged Friends

Dive into the marine world and meet fascinating ocean animals that roam the depths. Learn about the adaptations it takes to thrive beneath the surface.



Explore the hidden treasures of the shoreline. Discover the fascinating marine life that thrives within the delicate balance of the tides.


Sharks and Rays

Come face-to-fin with these magnificent creatures of the sea. Join us for a day filled with educational encounters and a deeper understanding for ocean hunters.



Grab your sand bucket and experience the enchanting beauty of the seashore. Uncover the joy of the hidden treasures of the sea.

Explorers Night Out

Adventures Of The Night

Unlock the secrets of the deep as you explore the beach under the starlit sky. Ignite your imagination with a mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark twist.

Full Day 9 am to 4 pm | $210 per child, includes lunch
Half Day 9 am to 12 pm OR 1 pm to 4 pm | $120 per child
Explorers Night Out 6 pm to 9 pm | $155 per child, includes dinner

For Reservations

Stop by Ocean Explorers (next to the pool), or call 619.435.8100
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid cancellation fees.
Some programs may be subject to cancellation based on enrollment.

Meet the Artist

The Del is thrilled to partner with local artist and conservationist Carly Ealey. Her spectacular Ocean Explorers murals create an underwater world where children can imagine themselves as fantastical sea creatures exploring tide pools or living deep within the ocean.

Carly has also designed murals for Pangeaseed Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Key Conservation and numerous festivals including Coachella and Kaboo.

Fun Fact

In 1903, Elisha Babcock, one of The Del's founders, helped visionary biologist William Ritter establish a research center in The Del’s boathouse. Ritter and his marine researchers collected plankton, coral, and many other species of marine life.

Their research attracted many prominent San Diegans, including publisher E.W. Scripps, who helped form the Marine Biological Association of San Diego. Ritter’s work continued there until 1905 when a permanent site was secured in La Jolla, now known as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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