Ocean Explorers

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Ocean Explorers

May 23-27 & Daily Jun 15 - Sep 8

Reopens Memorial Day Weekend

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.

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.

boathouse 1905

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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