Venue Rental


Host an Event
Take In The Ocean Sights

City chic and beach cool – this dynamic indoor and outdoor experience delivers Dana Point like no other. Sky-high ceilings and dazzling views, our venues are Ocean Institute’s most memorable spaces for any type of event.

Samueli is turned into an extravagant dining room, wedding hall or banquet to include an outside courtyard overlooking the Dana Point harbor.  This picturesque venue offers up incredible photo opportunities.

Where Events Become Unforgettable

Set along the harbor-front, Ocean Institute combines a naturally romantic setting with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you prefer candlelit dinners or cocktails on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Wharf, we can transform the wedding of your dreams into a beautiful reality.  An evening on our Tall Ship will wow guests before the first hors d’oeuvre is served.

With spectacular views of the beautiful Pacific, award-winning architecture, and historic vessels, Ocean Institute provides the perfect venue for weddings, private events, meetings, and more. 

Every moment at Ocean Institute will leave you and your guests with a memory that will last a lifetime.

* Photos may depict rental chairs provided by client.

Ocean Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Site fees for all private events helps Ocean Institute sustain its year-round calendar of education programs for the community. 

For more information, please contact our venue coordinators, Jennifer Swartz and Angela Sophie at or call 949-599-4546.  

Also checkout Ocean Institute Weddings Facebook page. 

Event Brochure


Plan Your Event

Interested in hosting your event at the Ocean Institute? 

Request an appointment for a tour with our knowledgeable staff by filling out the form below. 


Venue Spaces


Birthday Parties
Celebrate Your Child's Birthday With Us

The Ocean Institute is pleased to offer unique locations and educational experiences for birthday celebrations.  A birthday party at the Ocean Institute is an experience your child will not forget!

Parties can be scheduled from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm most Saturdays and Sundays. If you are interested in booking one of Ocean Institute’s Birthday Party Packages, please call 949-496-2274, ext. 369.


Online payments

To pay reservation deposits, security deposits and venue rental fees, please follow the instructions below.


1.  For $1000 security deposit, select 1 quantity to add to your total.

2.  For reservation deposit and/or venue rental fee, please input the amount you would like to pay (example 3000.00) in the ‘optional’ box next to Venue fee.  

3.  Tab to move to the next screen.