Dana Point Whale Watching: Mother's Day Fun

Spend the holiday out on the Pacific, looking for blowholes and flukes.

A HOLIDAY OUTING... can come in many festive flavors. It might be on the dressy side, with a full brunch in a restaurant and a harp gently playing somewhere in the near distance. It might be an at-home kind of thing, with a tried-and-true dish and some hanging out in the backyard. Or is could involve an adventure, to a place full of sunshine and waves and birds and breezes and MOMosas. Okay, granted, sunshine and waves often appear together, as do birds and breezes, but MOMosas are a feature of a particular springtime holiday, one what merrily honors mothers and all of the infinitely amazing things they do. If you think your own mom might dig some sunshine and ocean breezes and a MOMosa, and, just maybe, a whale sighting, then circle Sunday, May 14 and make plans to be in Dana Point, where you and your kin will catch a ...

DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING CRUISE: And it is a special cruise at that, for there's a glass of bubbly for Mom waiting, and pastries, and seasonal fruit, and juices, and, yes, MOMosas (or, if your party isn't in the mood for orange juice, just straight-up Champagne'll be on the pour, too). You'll take a two-hour spin on the 10 a.m. cruise, and if plenty of eyes on-board are scanning the ocean's surface, a whale's fluke or back or blowhole might soon be seen. The boat is the Ocean Adventures Catamaran, what will be spied that day will be up to the critters, both on the wing and below the surface, and the cost is $49 per adult and $29 per child. Brunch is cool, and at-home revelry, too, but having a bracing 'n briny outing on Mother's Day feels like one for the books. As for what's seen each day? Dana Wharf Whale Watching keeps an online log.

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