Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA
Capacity: 600 people

About Ocean Institute

Sky-high ceilings and dazzling views, our venues are Dana Point's most memorable spaces for any type of event. 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. 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. Please note that tours are by appointment only. If you are interested in seeing our facility on your own, you are welcome to stop by on the weekend during our normal public hours (10:00 am to 3:00 pm).

Event Spaces

Executive Board Room
Samueli Conference Center
Seaside Learning Center Maritime Wharf
Surf Deck
Venue Types
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Outdoor Function Area
  • Outside Catering Allowed
  • Waterfront
  • Waterview
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 600
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 11,200