Festival of Whales 2017

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  • Dana Point Festival of Whales March 4 & 5 and 11 & 12

    March and Metrolink. It’s the perfect combination for family fun—beginning with a trip to the Festival of Whales in Dana Point. Enjoy the parade on March 4th. Go whale watching. As an added bonus, Dana Wharf is offering a 50% discount just for showing your Metrolink ticket!

    Dive into the Festival of Whales

    This two-weekend event is dedicated to the return of the California gray whales as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico. It kicks off with a parade on Saturday, March 4th and continues with many enjoyable activities for the whole family. For a complete list of events and schedule, visit the festival website.

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    Getting there on Metrolink

    It’s an easy ride to the festival on Metrolink with a free connection to OC Bus. Take Metrolink to the San Juan Capistrano station.
    From there, catch OC Bus Route 91 directly to Dana Point Harbor.

    OC Bus Route 91 Schedule

    • Board Metrolink Train 660 or 662 on the OC Line or 857 or 859 on the IEOC Line at the station nearest you.
    • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station.
    • From the station, walk to OC Bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway.
    • Board OC Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point. For bus schedules visit ocbus.com.
    • Exit at OC Bus stop #1518 off Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Drive in Dana Point.  Walk down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the festival.
    • Or you can enter Doheny State Park (directional sign at bus stop), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed to marked Festival of Whales trolley stop. Ride the Festival of Whales trolley free to all event locations throughout the day.
    • Walk to OC Bus stop #1501 off Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo in Dana Point.
    • Board OC Bus Route 91 North (towards Laguna Hills).
    • Exit at OC Bus stop #7042 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano.
    • Walk to the train station across the street.
    • Take Metrolink Train 667 on the OC Line or 858 or 860 on the IEOC Line to stations north and east.

  • Buy Metrolink Weekend tickets on your smartphone

    Plan ahead for March fun by purchasing your tickets in advance using Metrolink’s mobile ticketing app. Buy tickets for the family at the $10 weekend fare. Also, three children ride free with an adult using a valid ticket. Tickets are not sold onboard.

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