Submitted by the Orange County Transportation Agency:
Residents are invited to celebrate the 42nd annual Dana Point Festival of Whales by riding to the event on Metrolink the weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10.
The Festival of Whales celebrates the California gray whales on their annual migration to Baja. The festivities will begin with an opening day parade on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m.
“The Festival of Whales is a great way for residents to experience a rare sight and an opportunity to participate in one of Orange County’s most popular community events,” said OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom. “We encourage those attending to take Metrolink and take advantage of an inexpensive and stress-free ride to the festivities.”
Those who ride Metrolink can use their ticket and receive 50 percent off whale watching excursions. Visitors can also receive a $69 per night room rate at the Dana Point Marina Inn when mentioning OCTA at the time of reservation booking.
Upon arrival at the San Juan Capistrano station, all Metrolink tickets are good for free connecting OCTA buses to the festival in Dana Point.
On Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 a.m. attendees will have an opportunity to win a free roundtrip Metrolink ticket, whale watching tickets and more. This event will take place at the Metrolink station in Orange and residents can enjoy free parking, entertainment and food provided by Ruby’s Diner and Streamliner Lounge.
Riders also can take advantage of Metrolink’s $10 Weekend Pass which allows residents to ride to any Metrolink destination all weekend long. The pass also includes free rail and bus connections throughout Southern California.
For train schedules and festival information, visit: www.octa.net/whales2013.