NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum plans to unveil its latest designs for ExplorOcean, an ocean-themed education and entertainment center, later this month.
The event will take place at the Balboa Fun Zone, the site of the future attraction.
The milestone will also clarify the future of the organization, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Since it acquired the Fun Zone space about six years ago, the Nautical Museum has presented various plans that celebrate the local nautical heritage and the ocean beyond. This interactive center will emphasize ocean exploration and include local history.
"As a portal to the sea, our goal is to inspire people to begin a whole new wave of ocean discovery," said Rita Stenlund, president of ExplorOcean/NHNM.