Festival of Whales

Metrolink Is Your Ticket to Savings

Celebrate the annual migration of the California Gray Whales at the 44th Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point on two consecutive weekends, March 7- 8 and 14 - 15, 2015. Count on Metrolink to get you to the festival for only $10 with the Weekend Day Pass.

Your Metrolink ticket can help you save on whale watching excursions, overnight hotel stays and more. Take a FREE shuttle service to all event locations or take advantage of Metrolink’s exclusive discount on the Harbor water taxi. View a list discounts here.

Festival of Whales Kick-Off Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Orange on March 7 for our Festival of Whales kickoff celebration. The first 50 people received a free Metrolink ticket, and there was free food from Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge, live music by Headshine and more to enjoy.

We hope you will join us at our next event on Saturday, March 21 in Tustin celebrating Swallows Day.

 

How to Get to the Festival

Metrolink makes it easy to get to the Festival of Whales. Ride Metrolink to San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station, then take OCTA Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point and you’re there! Bus transfers are free with your Metrolink ticket.
For Metrolink passengers coming from San Bernardino, Riverside-Downtown and La Sierra, North Main and West Corona, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:

  • Board Metrolink Train 859 on the IEOC Line at the station nearest you.
  • Train arrives San Juan Capistrano at 10:40 a.m.
  • From the station, walk to bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega*.
  • At 11:17 a.m., board Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point.
  • Exit the bus stop at #1518 off Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Drive in Dana   Point at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  • 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 shuttle stop. Ride the Festival of Whales shuttle free to all event locations throughout the day.
For Metrolink passengers coming from Oceanside or San Clemente:
  • Board Metrolink Train 661 or 665 on the OC Line at the station nearest you.
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station.
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip.
For Metrolink passengers coming from L.A. Union Station, Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo:
  • Take train 660 or 662 on the OC Line at the station nearest you.
  • Exit at San Juan Capistrano station.
  • Follow directions above for the rest of the trip.

*On March 7 only, specially marked Festival of Whales shuttles will offer free rides from OCTA bus stop #7055 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega directly to the parade viewing area. These shuttles will not provide return transportation to this bus stop or to the San Juan Capistrano station. Passengers will need to board an OCTA bus for return to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station. 

You can also bring your bike and take the San Juan Creek bike trail for three miles to Dana Point and the festival.

Returning Home Is Easy

  • Walk to bus stop #1501 off Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo in Dana Point.
  • At 3:57 p.m., board Bus Route 91 North (towards Laguna Hills).
  • Exit the bus at stop #7042 off Camino Capistrano and Ortega in San Juan Capistrano at approximately 4:11 p.m.
  • Walk to the train station across the street.
  • Take Metrolink Train 860 on the OC Line at 5:03 p.m. to stations north.

Save With a $10 Metrolink Weekend Day Pass

Valid for system-wide travel all day Saturday or Sunday, a Metrolink Weekend Day Pass is only $10 and is available for purchase beginning at 7 p.m. on Fridays at all Metrolink station ticket vending machines with weekend service. Check our weekend schedule for departure times.