Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Experience breathtaking views of Monterey Bay for your next event, whether it is a conference, lecture, meeting, reception, or team offsite.



When you rent space at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you not only enjoy an unsurpassed location, you also support our education programs.


The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is located at 100 McAllister Way in Santa Cruz, California 95060. Find us on the map


There are three facility rental options.

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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans.

Through our breathtaking seaside learning center, we bring the adventures and explorations of ocean science to life. Powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world-renowned university research facility, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers hands-on immersion into the world of ocean exploration and discovery. With a 20,000-square-foot visitor center, guests can touch a shark, explore the latest discoveries in ocean science, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay, called the “Serengeti of the sea,” for its incredible diversity of marine life. The Center offers a deeper dive into the research conducted at Long Marine Lab and a chance for everyone to find their inner scientist through rich experiential learning programs including school field-trips, summer youth programs, Science Sundays, volunteer opportunities, internships, and more.

Location Details

La Feliz Room: The perfect setting for a meeting or social gathering and includes audio/visual equipment. You also have access to a service kitchen that is suitable for catered events and includes a refrigerator, microwave oven, conventional stove/oven and a dishwasher. Use of a private deck on the bluff completes the package. Rental includes enough 14 six-foot banquet tables, 98 padded chairs, lectern, and cocktail tables available for use with prior reservation.

Exhibit Hall: For larger groups, the exhibit hall may be reserved after hours when the Center is closed to the public. Three spacious, interconnected rooms all have ocean views. A large deck with a spectacular view is part of the experience.

For weddings and larger events, the rental of the La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall together offers you a premier experience. You will have access to the service kitchen and both ocean view decks. Rental includes enough 14 six-foot banquet tables, 98 padded chairs, lectern, and cocktail tables available for use with prior reservation.




"Awesome half day trip with a free behind-the-scenes tour. We walked the waterfront and received some history of the area and the best part was entering an employee-only view the resident dolphin!!! We had a good ten minutes watching him watching us, and frolicking in his pool. The exhibits are geared towards younger children, but can still be enjoyed by adults and teens alike. We've been to many museums and aquariums and still learned and saw new things here (live shark eggs!). They even have two small touch pools. With far less visitors than Monterey, we were able to leisurely enjoy our visit. Definitely recommended." - Jan P

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