Treat your loved ones and colleagues with breathtaking views and fresh ocean mist by hosting your next event at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Tucked away on the bluffs of the idyllic Monterey Bay, the Seymour Center is the perfect venue for any event. From birthday parties and celebrations of life to business meetings and conferences, you won’t regret hosting it at this unparalleled location.

Plus, with a rental at the Seymour Center, you are supporting our public education programs and the thousands of children that come through our doors every year.

Contact us for questions or more information: or 831-459-1578.

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The whole venue was dynamic and provided so many different spaces that entertained different guests. As far as the staff, they were great to work with!Mia

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La Feliz Room (conference room)

With a vaulted, open-beamed ceiling, stunning views of Monterey Bay, and private adjoining deck, the La Feliz Room is a spectacular setting for your next business meeting or gathering. Your rental of this beautiful room includes complimentary audio visual equipment, tables and chairs and access to a service kitchen. Your guests are also welcome to explore the Exhibit Hall during our open hours at no additional cost.


Standing: 98
Meeting/Theater Seating: 98
Meal Seating: 98


1,478 sq. ft. (approx. 29’x50′)



  • Tables and Chairs: Padded conference chairs, banquet tables, cocktail tables and console tables.
  • Audio Visual Equipment: podium with microphone, lapel microphone, handheld microphone, overhead projector (HDMI, VGA, auxiliary connections), and speakers (auxiliary connection) and Zoom technology.
  • Service Kitchen: refrigerator, microwave oven, conventional stove/oven, sink.
  • FREE admission to the Exhibit Hall for all event guests while we are open to the public.

Exhibit Hall and Shipwreck Deck

With three spacious, interconnected ocean-view rooms, our Exhibit Hall offers a one-of-a-kind venue for your next gathering. Showcasing ocean research and marine conservation efforts, the Exhibit Hall includes an aquarium that brings your guests face to face with the creatures of the Monterey Bay. Your rental of the Exhibit Hall includes access to Shipwreck Deck—a private, ocean bluff deck with sweeping views of Monterey Bay. Request volunteer docents at our seawater touch table to give your guests a hands-on marine experience, at no additional charge. Only available after we close to the public. 


Standing: 150


4,624 sq. ft., with stationary exhibits throughout.

Rental Hours: 

4–10 PM, Monday–Thursday

4–11 PM, Friday–Sunday


  • Speakers for background music (auxiliary connection).
  • Two volunteer docents for up to two hours stationed at our seawater touch table.

La Feliz + Exhibit Hall

The premier experience at the Seymour Center, this rental consists of the entire public area of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center from the Exhibit Hall to the La Feliz Room (excluding teaching classrooms), with access to both ocean bluff decks. All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available for use.


Standing: 250
Meal Seating: 150


6,102 sq. ft.


  • All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available.



We will work with you to customize the event of your dreams that meets your budget. Contact us for special rates for University of California, nonprofit, and government events,, 831-459-1578

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Hours of availability

Scheduled use of rooms must include time for your set-up, breakdown and cleanup. Please allow enough time for cleanup. We recommend ending your event at least one hour before your rental ends.

All weekday events (Monday–Thursday) must end by 9PM with a cleanup and leave time no later than 10PM. All weekend events (Friday–Sunday)  must end by 10PM with a cleanup and exit time no later than 11PM.

How to book

We begin reserving dates up to 12 months in advance, starting on the first of each month. To start the reservation process, we are happy to place a two-week hold on any single, available date so that you have time to schedule a tour or inquire about venue details while keeping your interested date secured; no payment or paperwork is required to place the hold.

Email to book your tour today!

Venue Tours

We would love to lead you on a personal tour of our venue! If you would like to take a tour of the Seymour Center to see what we have to offer, our regular tour hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Tours may be scheduled outside of these times based on staff availability. If you would like to go on a self-guided tour, you are welcome to visit Seymour Center anytime during our public open hours.


Booking Questions

What’s the booking process?

The process begins when you place a two week hold on an available date.To start, you can place a two week hold on an available date. At the end of the two week period, to confirm your reservation, we need three items:

  1. Facility Use Permit application (an application asking UCSC to have an event on campus), 
  2. Event Questionnaire (a Google form so we can get more information about your event) 
  3. $500 non-refundable deposit. 

Once the permit application, questionnaire and the deposit are complete, we will send a contract via DocuSign, then your date is confirmed. 

Do you have discounts for nonprofits and government agencies? 

We do! Email or call 831-459-1578 for details. 

Do you have UCSC alumni and faculty discounts? 

Unfortunately, we do not. Events paid for through UC accounting get special rates, but we do not have discounts in place for alumni or faculty at this time. 

Is my down payment refundable? 

It is not. Deposits cover the staff time taken to help coordinate your event, even if you cancel. 

I can’t do a tour during the week. Do you offer weekend tours? 

We offer weekend tours on a case by case basis. Email us your availability and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Planning Your Event 

How do we pay for parking and how much is it? 

Parking is always free for event guests. A week before your event, we will send you a confirmation email with a parking code to share with your guests. 

Need the code sooner? Just ask. 

How many people can fit in your space?

250 is the maximum number of guests allowed at the Seymour Center. The capacity of the La Feliz room and deck is 120.

Can we have music on the decks?

We allow amplified music on the decks during wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we only allow amplified music inside and acoustic music on the decks. You can play amplified music inside and have the doors open.

Will the Ocean Discovery shop be open during our event? 

The Ocean Discovery Shop is open from 10AM – 4PM, Wednesday through Sunday. 

Can we set some things up in the parking lot? 

The Seymour Center does not own our parking lot so this is decided on a case by case basis. No alcohol is permitted in the parking lot. 

What are your Zoom capabilities? 

We have a DTEN for Zoom and hybrid meetings. 

Can I have a live band? 

Absolutely! An acoustic band is permitted anywhere in the space. A band playing amplified music must remain indoors. 

Can we use a caterer who is not on your preferred list? 

You may use a caterer not on our preferred list. Any outside caterer must provide a certificate of insurance (COI) that lists “The Regents of the University of California” as additionally insured two months before your event, sign our caterer agreement and if possible, tour the space ahead of the event. 

Can we have food and drink in the Exhibit Hall? 

Once we are closed to the public, food and drink is permitted throughout the Exhibit Hall, except by our seawater touchable. 

Are there any nearby hotels that you’d recommend? 

Seymour Center Private Event clients get 15% off at the La Quinta Inn by the Boardwalk. Please email us for more information. 

Setup, Breakdown and Decoration Questions

Do you have staff to help setup and break down the event? 

We do not. We recommend hiring a full-service caterer, a coordinator or cleanup crew.

Can I pay extra to set up in the Exhibit Hall earlier than 4PM? 

Only on Mondays and Tuesdays when we are closed to the public. We do not offer this option on days we are open to the public because our first priority is educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans.

Can we leave things overnight? 

We charge $500 for clients to set up for two hours the evening before their event and leave the items overnight. 

If there are no events the following morning, clients can leave rentals on the La Feliz deck overnight free of charge. 

If you would like to come the following day to break down and clean up your event, it must be arranged in advance and is not guaranteed. This option also costs $500. 

Can we decorate the Exhibit Hall? 

Absolutely, as long as decorations are free standing or tied up. Please do not tape, tack or nail items anywhere in the Exhibit Hall. 

Keep in mind that set up in the Exhibit Hall cannot begin until after we close the public at 4PM so it’s best to keep decorations to a minimum. 

Do you have a dolly we can use?
We do not. We recommend you bring one to help take out the trash and take things to your car. 

Do you have a ladder we can use? 

We do not. It’s a liability issue so we ask clients to bring their own. 

Can we tape things on the walls?

Please keep all tape on the designated boards in the La Feliz room. 

Can I use staples on the boards in the La Feliz room? 

Please only use tape and tacks on the boards. 

Can we use your admissions desk as our check in desk? 

Only Seymour Center staff are allowed behind the Admissions desk. 

Can we have real flowers? What about fake ones? 

Both real and artificial flowers are permitted, but please keep them on the tables. No flowers or flower petals (real or fake) are allowed on the ground outside. 

Can I have candles? 

Candles are fine as long as they’re in a container that is one inch higher than the flame. 

Can I have lighting on the deck? 

Absolutely, as long as the lighting doesn’t disturb the native plants. 

Why don’t you allow shells, sea stars and balloons for decorations? 

It’s due to the environmental impact. Sea shells sold at stores are often taken from live animals. Collecting shells from the beach is harmful to beach ecosystems and endangers the organisms that depend on them. Balloons are made of plastic and if released, often end up in the ocean.

Wedding Questions 

Can we get married on the point overlooking the ocean (by the gray whale skeleton)? 

The point sits on top of the seawater pump that supplies the water for all the Long Marine Lab’s live animals. Unfortunately, nothing can be set up on or around the access to the pump. 

Do we need a wedding coordinator? 

A wedding coordinator or a full-service caterer is strongly recommended, but only required for weddings with more than 100 guests. If you do not have a wedding coordinator or a full-service caterer, you must have a sober day of contact and have your cleanup plan approved by the Private Events Office. 

What’s a common ceremony time? 

Ceremonies on the La Feliz deck can happen at any time. Ceremonies on the Shipwreck Deck normally take place at 4:30 or 5PM, depending on how much decoration you’re setting up. 

Is there a space for the bride to get ready? 

If it is not being used by our School Programs department, you can rent one of our classrooms for a private changing and storage space. Please note that there is no running water or mirrors in the classrooms. 

What do we do if it’s raining? 

In the event of rain, ceremonies can be moved inside to the Exhibit Hall. 

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