Seymour Marine Discovery Center

100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Map · Phone number
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About Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Ocean View Weddings at the Seymour Center

Have the wedding of your dreams at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center! With breathtaking views of Monterey Bay, access to the aquarium, and space for 120 guests, the Seymour Center is the ideal spot for your Santa Cruz, California ocean view wedding. Plus, all facility rental fees support our education programs and ocean conservation!

Seymour Center Wedding Package

The wedding package is available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for $3,350 and includes:

  • Exclusive use of the Seymour Center’s La Feliz Room/La Feliz Deck from 10 AM to 11 PM and the Exhibit Hall/Shipwreck Deck from 5 PM to 11 PM.
  • A wedding rehearsal on Shipwreck Deck the evening before your wedding.
  • Admission to the Seymour Center for your guests during our open hours (10 AM to 5 PM) on your wedding day.
  • Two volunteer docents at the seawater touch table in our Exhibit Hall for up to two hours during your wedding reception.
  • Tables, chairs, A/V equipment.

Booking Information

We book up to 12 months in advance, starting on the first of each month. Availability is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue Tours

We are happy 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. Guided tours are approximately 30–45 minutes and must be scheduled in advance with the Seymour Center's facility rental office. 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.

We thank you for considering the Seymour Center for your wedding venue and look forward to meeting you!

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6 Reviews for Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Recommended by 87% of couples


4.4 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.3
  • Professionalism 4.3
  • Flexibility 4.2
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.2
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    Amy · Married on 06/10/2017

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    GREAT views at a very affordable price. Get an ocean view without getting sand on my wedding dress - and guests get to learn about marine life. We love the Seymour Center!

    Sent on 11/25/2015
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    Mia · Married on 06/27/2015

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had our ceremony and reception at the Seymour Center. We rented the whole center (Exhibit Hall and La Feliz Room) for our 90 person wedding. Our ceremony was on Shipwreck Deck, the main deck off the exhibits hall, and dinner was in the La Feliz Room. This venue was a great value!! We were able to have our wedding on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean for a great deal. The best part: the money goes towards marine research done at the center.

    The La Feliz room fit 90 people comfortably for dinner even with the buffet and coffee station set up. Off the La Feliz Room, there is another deck for more outdoor space for guests to hang out in. We had dancing out in the Exhibit Hall and those who were not big dancers were able to wander around the exhibits and aquarium, as well as go back out to the bluffs to look at the ocean. The whole venue was dynamic and provided so many different spaces that entertained different guests.

    As for the staff, they were great to work with! They were very responsive and answered all of our questions up until the wedding day. They also gave us some insight on how past weddings worked at the center. Since the center is first and foremost an aquarium, the Exhibit Hall is not available until 5pm and Shipwreck deck was not available to us to set up until 4:30pm. If you want an earlier ceremony, you will have to use the La Feliz Deck, which is available to you at 10am. Music needs to be off at 10pm, and breakdown and clean up must be done by 11pm. If you are looking for a longer event, you are limited to the La Feliz Room and Deck. This venue also has a list of restrictions to make your event more environmentally friendly, which worked for us, but may not work for others. They do allow you to bring in your own caterer and alcohol, as long as you run it by them first. Overall, as long as you keep open communication with the staff, this venue is a great value for the location and for its versatility to entertain different people.

    Sent on 07/21/2015
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    Carol · Married on 08/03/2012

    4.4
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      3.5
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    I had trouble when I first booked the venue with getting communication returned however I think there was a change in staff (we booked about 14 months out) because closer to the event (last 6 months) communication was fabulous!

    There are a lot of restrictions because of the location, but if you can play by their environmentally sound rules then it's an amazing venue.

    We booked both the reception room and the exhibit hall because we wanted to get married on the Shipwreck Deck. It is a gorgeous site! Plus our guests were able to walk around the exhibits (which was great since many of them didn't dance).

    You will want to use your own sound system. Theirs is great for meetings but not a wedding. And you will want a portable sound system for outside ceremonies because of the wind.

    Biggest downside is that there is a noise curfew and we had to shut off the music at 10pm.

    Sent on 09/20/2012

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center Pricing

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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Price Rates

Seymour Marine Discovery Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, Lighting/Sound, Parking, Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall, Beach, Museum, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access

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  • 100 McAllister Way Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 See on map
    831-459-3800 (Phone number)
    831-459-1578 (Other Phone Number)
    Facility Rental Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM