The Ocean Institute is a stunning location perfect for weddings in Dana Point. We love to photograph weddings and special events here. This unique venue has the best sunsets and ocean-views.
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About Ocean Institute
1980: Graysea “The Whale” Graysea, the skeleton of a juvenile Gray Whale, arrived at the Marine Institute.
1980: Opening Day The building was opened in May and the Pilgrim arrived on the same day. The facilities provide a platform for developing sustainable science and maritime programs for all ages, teacher education programs, and partnerships with regional marine partners.
2002: Huell Howser featured the Ocean Institute in his travel show California Gold, episode 103
Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions at Ocean Institute
You have the option of having your ceremony indoors in the Samueli Lecture Hall & Conference Center or outdoors with the Pacific Ocean for your backdrop. Dana Point is located in South Orange County about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego on the southern Orange County coast.
Samueli Lecture Hall & Conference Center
Samueli Lecture Hall and Conference Center is situated on a spectacular site overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
This state-of-the-art facility adds a marine and educational theme to your meeting or event and provides an ideal setting for your wedding reception.
Indoors: 3,000 sq. feet. Accommodates up to 200 guests.
Outdoor: 2,000 sq. feet. This adjacent courtyard is included with the rental of the Samueli Conference Center.
Wedding Ceremony: Held in the courtyard.
Above the Surf Science Learning Center you will find the Surfscience Deck. This open-air deck overlooks the ocean.
The Surf Science Deck can accommodate up to 60 guests for dinner and Cocktail parties up to 80 guests.
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