Special Events

Discover an authentic Gulf Coast experience at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Our unique venues combine on-point technology and amenities to keep you focused with spectacular views of Historic Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Each venue can be tailored to create the perfect setting for your wedding and reception, corporate meetings, private parties, and birthday celebration. Our staff is also available to assist with catering arrangements and other business services for an additional fee.

For more information on booking your event, contact Lori Angelo at langelo@disl.edu.

Alabama Aquarium

The Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers a truly unique setting for any event. Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate or social event, the Estuarium can be exclusively yours after hours for an opportunity to dance and dine under the sea.

Seated Banquet Cocktail Aquarium & Decks
# of Guests 150 200 300

Richard C. Shelby Atrium and Auditorium

High-tech meets laid-back in the Richard C. Shelby Center for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. From board meetings to corporate seminars, productivity flows naturally with the tides in this comfortable eco-friendly environment.

With our state-of-the-art video conferencing center, and a building that has earned the distinguished LEEDS certification for the reduction of negative environmental impact in construction practices and materials you will enjoy any meeting or even in this space.

Shelby Auditorium

Theater Seated Banquet Cocktail Conference Classroom U-Shaped
# of Guests 200 130 200 52 86 44

Shelby Atrium

Seated Banquet(round tables) Seated Banquet (6’ tables) Cocktail
# of Guests 100 125 175

Event and Banquet Services

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab event staff is happy to assist you in every way by offering Day of Event Coordination and Full Banquet Services. Our customizable menus meet every budget and allow hosts the ability to make each event their own. Call us today for complete details on how we help you create a perfect event.

Plan Your Wedding

A spectacular view of historic Mobile Bay provides a stunning backdrop for your special event. From inviting breezes on the open decks to the unmatched visual exhibits of the fourth largest estuary system in the United States, the Alabama Aquarium is the perfect venue for your indoor or outdoor functions. The rental fee includes the Aquarium, adjacent outdoor decking, boardwalk and pavilion usage. Indoor events can accommodate up to 100 guests seated and 300 standing.

Meeting and Event Policy

A request to use facilities on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus must be submitted through the Event Coordinator’s office no later than two weeks prior to the event date.

The event request must include the date, time, a point of contact, and details of the event. Any use or mention of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab name or logo cannot be used in conjunction with the event without written permission from the Public Relations Director. All videos and pictures which include the Dauphin Island Sea Lab name or logo must be approved before distribution to the public.

All directional location information must be distributed as the ‘building name’ on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus.


Here are our rates as of June 2023, please be sure to contact us for the most accurate pricing. Pricing listed here is subject to change with out notice.

Meeting Spaces per 4 hour Rate Each Additional Hour
Shelby Auditorium $500 $50
Shelby Atrium $250 $50
Shelby Auditorium & Atrium $700 $50
add Podium, Mic/Projector $150
add Wireless Mic Lavalier $10
Shelby Conference Room $100 $25
Alabama Aquarium (6 Hours) $1,900/6 Hrs (Cleaning Fee $200 per 50 guests) $50
PA System with 1 Wireless Mic $15 $30
A/V Setup $150/per day per venue
IT Support Personnel $75/hour after hours per employee