The Seaside Institute is a nonprofit organization, located in the heart of Seaside, FL. Founded in 1982, our mission is to help people create great communities. 

The Seaside Institute is home to the Academic Village, which is comprised of seven cottages and a large courtyard space. Located across from the Seaside Neighborhood School, the Academic Village offers eleven (11) separate sleeping quarters, each with a private bath. Our Assembly Hall is right next door, and offers a meeting space that can accommodate lectures, concerts, exhibits and more. The Seaside Institute is designed to provide a campus-like venue for learning and discovering, all within walking distances to Seaside's shops, restaurants and beaches. 

The Seaside Institute can provide a space for your student and/or professional group. We do not offer vacation rentals. All groups that are hosted are the Seaside Institute must meet the following criteria:

  • A student group associated with a certified educational organization (K-12, university, etc). 
  • A nonprofit organization 
  • A professional group with an approved program (continuing education, retreat, etc).

Groups are able to reserve their dates, but are subject to approval by a Seaside Institute representative. If your group does not meet our requirements, your reservation will be released. If you are looking for accommodations for a vacation or wedding, please click here

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