Rent the Center

The Perfect Coastal Venue

The SoundWaters Coastal Center is the perfect venue for a company outing, private or corporate reception or family day. Located at Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT, the Center overlooks Holly Pond, a tidal pond, with expansive views of Long Island Sound. The historic federalist-style, two-story building is the home of SoundWaters, a non-profit environmental education organization.

The Center offers an elegant but casual venue, with beautiful interiors, a wonderful front porch, back porch and large covered brick patio, suitable for 50-150 (with tent) people. Its ample backyard slopes down to the water and is an ideal location for a barbecue, lawn games or large tent if desired.


Center rentals, which help underwrite the cost of SoundWaters Education Programs, include a SoundWaters staff person on site, tables and chairs for up to 60 people, private use of a large parlor room, porches and covered patio and enjoyment of environmental exhibits, live salt water aquarium tanks, art and cultural exhibits.

Additional Activities

SoundWaters can arrange for two-hour naturalist-guided canoe trips in Holly Pond for 6 to 20 people. Cost is $24 per person. Also available are Interpretive Walks along the beaches and coastline of Cove Island Park.


Catering is not included in the price of the sail. SoundWaters has worked with many local caters; you are more than welcome to use your own caterer or bring your own food.


Rental of Coastal Center:

  • $1,000 for weekday events (Monday to Thursday)
  • $1,200 for weekend events (Friday to Sunday)
  • $2,000 for weddings


Rental visitors to the SoundWaters Coastal Center are asked to park in the Cove Island Park lot and walk the short distance to the Center. Passes will be issued for vehicles carrying supplies or equipment to the Center. During the summer season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, all visitors to Cove Island Park must either have a City of Stamford beach sticker or a SoundWaters day pass. Call SoundWaters for details.


Reservations are made on a first come, first-served basis. To arrange a tour of the Center or to reserve a date, contact (203) 406-3302 or email


Center renters are required to obtain a Certificate of Liability insurance policy for the date of the event, naming SoundWaters and the City of Stamford as additionally insured. Call (203) 406-3302 for information.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of the rental will result in certain fees. For more information, call (203) 406-3302 or email

Land and Sea Option

The Schooner SoundWaters is also available for charter. You may split the day, combining a sail on the Schooner with a meeting or reception at the SoundWaters Coastal Center.