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           THE BIZBASHFLA
           GUIDE TO VENUES
           More than 350 locations throughout Florida
           for events and meetings.




           ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE VENUES
                                                        OUTDOOR VENUES
           Harriet Himmel Theatre
                                                        Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens


                                                                                             RESTAURANTS           ACTIVITY VENUES 14
                                                                                             Columbia Restaurant   Amusement Parks
                                                                                                                   Arcades & Virtual Reality Centers
                                                                                                                   Bowling Alleys
                                                                                                                   Race Tracks
                                                                                                                   Sports Venues

                                                                                                                   BARS, LOUNGES, &
                                                                                                                   CLUBS 16
                                                                                                                   Bars & Lounges
                                                                                                                   Clubs

                                                                                                                   BOATS & YACHTS 18

                                                                                                                   CONFERENCE CENTERS,
                                                                                                                   CONVENTION CENTERS
                                                                                                                   & AUDITORIUMS 19

                                                                                                                   ENTERTAINMENT &
                                                                                                                   PERFORMANCE
                                                                                                                   VENUES 20
                                                                                                                   Comedy Clubs
                                                                                                                   Dinner Theaters
                                                                                                                   Theaters & Performance Spaces

         BOATS & YACHTS                                                                                            GOLF CLUBS 22
         Yacht Starship
                                                                                                                   HOTELS 24

                                                                  HOTELS                                           INDEPENDENT EVENT
         INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES
                                                                  Hotel Astor                                      SPACES 28
         Harley-Davidson Historic Factory Dealership
                                                                                                                   MUSEUMS & CULTURAL
                                                                                                                   SPACES 29
                                                                                                                   Art Museums
                                                                                                                   Children’s Museums
                                                                                                                   Historical & Cultural Institutions
                                                                                                                   Science & Natural History Spaces

                                                                                                                   OUTDOOR VENUES 32
                                                                                                                   Courtyards, Parks & Plazas
                                                                                                                   Gardens, Roofs, & Terraces

                                                                                                                   RESTAURANTS 33

                                                                                                                   STADIUMS & ARENAS 36


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        ACTIVITY VENUES
        NORTH FLORIDA                                                     also provide catering and teambuilding services. A 40- by
        ADVENTURE LANDING                                                 60-square-foot pavilion that can host 150 people seated is
        With two locations in Jacksonville, Adventure Landing lets        debuting this month along with a new high-tech and more
        employees tune into their inner child. Both parks offer           challenging go-kart track. (3960 South Babcock St.,
        five different teambuilding activities from adventure golf        Melbourne; 321.956.6706; www.andrettithrillpark.com)
        to tug of war. A special package is available that includes       ANIMAL KINGDOM
        a choice of three activities for any size group (with a           The mysteries of Africa and Asia are waiting to be discovered
        minimum of 10). Buy-outs are available after-hours until four     at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Whether it’s a
        in the morning and include unlimited access to the speed-         small African street party or a dinner among beautiful ruins
        way, arcade, golf, and laser tag. Traditional park fare from      of an Indian palace, this park can accommodate any event.
        hot dogs to pizza to BBQ picnic staples can be arranged           It offers more than 20 event venues, including attractions
        as well. (1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville; 904.246.4386;           and Broadway-style shows, which can accommodate
        www.adventure landing.com)                                        groups from 20 to 2,000. Larger groups of as many as
        ADVENTURES UNLIMITED OUTDOOR                                      18,000, can take over the entire park or utilize multiple
        CENTER INC.                                                       adjoining venues. (P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista;
        The nature park offers various packages complete with lodg-       321.939.7127; www.disneymeetings.com)
        ing, catering, river tours, and teambuilding activities for       ARABIAN NIGHTS
        groups of any size (with a minimum of 15 people).                 The dinner theater and equestrian facility is more than a pop-
        Accommodations include large cabins for as many as 70             ular attraction spot. It offers seven areas accommodating 30
        people each or rooms at the Schoolhouse Inn. Four meeting         to 1,200 people for meetings, lectures, and events including
        rooms are also available as well as programs to keep spous-       a 10,000-square-foot reception hall that can be booked
        es and children busy while employees attend to business.          with cast appearances, an outdoor courtyard, and skybox.
        There are also plenty of outdoor activities from canoeing         (6225 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee;
        to rope courses. (8974 Tomahawk Landing Road, Milton;             800.553.6116; www.arabian-nights.com)
        800.239.6864; www.adventureoutdoorlimited.com)                    BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
        THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE                             One of the country’s premiere adventure parks featuring a
        The 1,700-acre equestrian center complex opened in                unique blend of thrill rides, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has
        2004 and features a 123,000-square-foot multi-purpose             more than 2,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops, and
        indoor arena with seating for 4,000. Also available is            games. Choose from more than 15 areas and venues in
        an 80,000-square-foot terrace for banquets, receptions,           which to hold meetings, lectures, or gala events for groups
        and exhibitions. If looking for more space, the Cecil             of 50 to more than 10,000 people. Entire park buy-outs
        Recreation Complex located next to the center offers              are available. (P.O. Box 9158, Tampa; 813.987.5082;                 MGM Studios at Walt Disney World
        a 37,000-square -foot meeting room, community center,             www.buschgardens.com)
        Olympic-size       pool,    and     three    softball   fields.   DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY                                    ings for groups of 10 to complete park buyouts for groups          ment that can accommodate large group functions ranging
        (13611C Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville; 904.573.3163;               The 60,000-square-foot interactive motorsports theme park         of 10,000. Epcot also boasts the World Showplace,                  in size from 5,000 to 15,000 guests. An experienced staff is
        www.jaxevents.com/jacksonvilleequestriancenter)                   holds more than 5,000 people and has a variety of meeting         the largest private event facility ever created inside a           ready to assist planners in organizing any type of event or
        NHRA’S GAINESVILLE RACEWAY                                        and event space. Unlike its casual counterparts, the Bill         theme park. With 40,000 square feet of space, it can host as       theme with full production and technical services available.
        Open since 1969, the raceway’s test track has been the loca-      France Room offers an elegant space for sit down dinner for       many as 3,100 guests for receptions or 2,400 for banquet           Disney also offers complimentary shuttle and luggage deliv-
        tion for many product launches and commercials.                   160 or cocktail receptions for 200. Chefs are available to        events. (P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista; 321.939.7127;          ery service for groups directly from the airport to their hotel
        Corporations can host meetings and events in conjunction          create simple meals to elaborate seven-course dinners. The        www.disneymeetings.com)                                            or resort. (P.O. Box 10, 000, Lake Buena Vista; 321.939.7127;
        with the annual races held at the venue. A variety of suites      room also has a stage complete with podium, 61-inch               FUN SPOT ACTION PARK                                               www.disneymeetings.com)
        can accommodate between 25 to 45 people each plus                 projection screen, and audiovisual system. (1801 West             Groups can take advantage of four teambuilding programs            MGM STUDIOS
        there’s an open-air pavilion for as many as 2,500 people for      International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach; 386.947.6431;        for as many as 150 people. Each last two hours and includes        Only at the Disney-MGM Studios can your guests hobnob
        a seated event. (11211 North County Road 225, Gainesville;        www.daytonausa.com)                                               lesson sheets, facilitator, prizes for the top three teams, soft   with celebrities and become superstars themselves. This
        352.377.0046; www.gainesvilleraceway.com)                         DISCOVERY COVE                                                    drinks, and popcorn. Customized teambuilding is available          park offers more than 25 event venues, with themed settings
        SAM’S FUN CITY                                                    Located in a tropical island setting with rushing waterfalls      for an additional fee. Groups can also incorporate the park’s      inspired by the movies and Hollywood, California. Individual
        The only amusement park in the city features 10,000 square        and sparkling lagoons, Discovery Cove is a unique location        attractions into the day as well. (5551 Del Verde Way,             venues such as world-famous Disney attractions and stage
        feet of meeting and entertainment space at its pavilion,          for group events. Caribbean and luau themes can be                Orlando; 407.363.3867; www.fun-spot.com)                           shows can accommodate groups from 10 to 5,000 guests.
        which can host 2,500 people. A smaller 3,000-square-foot          customized with menus, appearances by the resident                ICE SPORTS FORUM                                                   The entire park is also available for larger groups of as
        meeting room for as many as 100 people is also available.         animals, and live entertainment. Buy-outs are available.          The official training facility of the Tampa Bay Lighting is also   many as 20,000. (P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista;
        Group packages for a minimum of 15 people include access          (6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando; 407.363.2200;                  ideal for special events and teambuilding activities. The          321.939.7127; www.disneymeetings.com)
        to rides and special attractions such as go-karts and bumper      www.discoverycove.com)                                            85,000-square-foot space has a mezzanine area and confer-          RDV SPORTSPLEX
        boats. Packages for Sam’s Surf City, the park’s new water         DISNEY’S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX                             ence room for groups of as many as 800. An upstairs state-         The sports, health, wellness, and recreation facility has
        attraction, are also available. Events can be held at any hour,   A 7,500-seat stadium, 30,000-square-foot field house, beau-       of-the-art laser tag arena for as many as 30 players can be        several meeting rooms that vary from 1,539 to 9,703
        even overnight, and the park can cater any type of function       tiful landscaping, and Official All-Star Café offer big-league    used for teambuilding or as part of a group package. The           square feet for social events, business meetings, confer-
        as well. (6709 Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola; 850.505.0800;          potential for private group events. Plan a teambuilding pro-      staff works with the in-house certified chef to create a variety   ences, and teambuilding programs for any company. An in-
        www.samsfuncity.com)                                              gram, an outdoor concert, or stage a black-tie awards             of menu options to suit any event. (10222 Elizabeth Place,         house restaurant can cater events and corporate outings.
                                                                          banquet—all can be arranged in this diverse location.             Tampa; 813.684.7825; www.theicesportsforum.com)                    (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando; 407.916.2442;
        CENTRAL FLORIDA                                                   Teambuilding activities can be hosted at one of the baseball,     KISSIMMEE SPORTS ARENA & RODEO                                     www.rdvsportsplex.com)
        ADVENTURE ISLAND                                                  soccer, and softball fields at the complex. (P.O. Box 10,000,     Besides offering calf roping, bareback riding, and barrel rac-     SEAWORLD ORLANDO
        The 30-acre Key West-themed water park features more              Lake Buena Vista; 321.939.7127; www.disneymeetings.com)           ing, the sports arena offers meeting and event space with          All the thrills of this amusement park can be incorporated
        than a dozen rides, slides, and attractions such as raft rides    DOWNTOWN DISNEY                                                   country charm. The 3,200-square-foot lounge can host as            into corporate functions and special events. Groups from 50
        and a 17,000-square-foot wave pool. A variety of group            The high-energy atmosphere of the spectacular clubs in            many as 200 people for employee parties, awards cere-              to 230 can dine at the Sharks Underwater Grill, which also
        packages are available, and can be hosted throughout the          Pleasure Island, located in Downtown Disney, is a great back-     monies, and special events. It also has a large dance floor        has a private room for 90 and views of the shark aquarium
        park in areas such as white-sand-filled volleyball courts or at   drop to any private event. In total, Downtown Disney offers       and stage with microphone and speaker system. The in-              from every seat in the house. The Ports of Call facility boasts
        Mango Joe’s relaxing tropical pavilion. Reserve a portion         nine individual event venues that can accommodate groups          house catering team can cook up everything from hamburg-           a covered patio with lush gardens and 12,125 square feet
        of the park for parties of 50 or the entire park for groups       of as many as 600. It also features a variety of entertainment,   ers and fries to steak dinners. The staff can also arrange live    of indoor space that can host as many as 850 guests for din-
        of as many as 3,000. (P.O. Box 9158, Tampa; 813.987.5523;         from movie theaters to Cirque de Soleil, plus a host of din-      entertainment and interactive games, but planners are wel-         ner. Groups can also explore the park or take part in team-
        www.adventureisland.com)                                          ing for any palate such as Wolfgang Puck Café, Planet             come to bring outside caterers and entertainment compa-            building programs. (7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando;
        ANDRETTI THRILL PARK                                              Hollywood, and Bongo’s Cuban Café. (P.O. Box 10,000, Lake         nies. (958 South Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee; 407.846.3330;          407.363.2200; www.seaworldgroupevents.com)
        The 6.5-acre action and adventure theme park features go-         Buena Vista; 321.939.7127; www.disneymeetings.com)                www.ksarodeo.com)                                                  SKULL KINGDOM
        carts, miniature golf, batting cages, and more. Groups from       EPCOT                                                             MAGIC KINGDOM                                                      Orlando’s haunted attraction brings groups in contact with
        15 to 1,500 can be accommodated at the park, either in pri-       Disney’s futuristic theme park offers more than 25 event ven-     The most famous of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks,           goblins, ghouls, and wizards—making for an unusual meet-
        vate meeting areas and lounges or in tented spaces. It can        ues that can accommodate everything from intimate gather-         Magic Kingdom features seven themed lands of enchant-              ing or event experience. The Chamber of Magic can hold 90




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        people for sit down dinners. The interactive magic show usu-         100 interactive exhibits plus more than 10,000-square-feet of       everyone of every age. With other locations in
        ally runs in the evening but show hours can be altered to fit a      arcade and action games including laser tag. It’s also open         Miami and Tampa, the venue can accommodate as
        group’s schedule. Skull Kingdom also caters in-house events          until midnight every day. (9067 International Drive, Orlando;       many as 400 for business meetings, fund-raisers,
        and has several packages to suit any budget. (5933 American          407.351.8800; www.wonderworksonline.com)                            product launches, and more—and cater any style
        Way, Orlando; 407.354.1564; www.skullkingd om.com)                                                                                       meal to go along with it. Utilize one of two private
        SKYVENTURE ORLANDO                                                   SOUTH FLORIDA                                                       rooms for an event for as many as 50 or the entire
        For a place to hold a cool teambuilding activity, check out          BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI                                                 facility—full buyouts are welcome. The staff can also
        SkyVenture. The space is a vertical wind tunnel that enables         Part of the Seminole Tribe’s Big Cypress Reservation in the         coordinate teambuilding packages and offer full
        individuals to fly through its flight chamber (via the use of high   Florida Everglades, the safari is an alternate location for meet-   audiovisual services. (2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle,
        powered ceiling fans) at 120 miles per hour. It’s like skydiving     ings. An amphitheater with bleacher seating can accommo-            Sunrise; 954.845.8740; www.gameworks.com)
        without actually jumping out of a plane. The venue can accom-        date as many as 200, while another smaller theater can host         LUCKY STRIKE LANES
        modate groups as small as eight and as many as 72. (Visitors         100. An outdoor roofed area is great for picnics for as many as     A hip bowling alley located off Lincoln Road, Lucky
        Circle, Orlando; 407.903.1370; www.skyventureorlando.com)            80 people. Thatched roof chickees (thatched roof dwellings)         Strike has 12 lanes, a 60-seat restaurant/ lounge,
        UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO                                            are available for overnight stays for two to 12 people, but have    and outdoor seating for people-watching in its
        The popular theme park has endless event and meeting                 no air conditioning and bathroom facilities are located within      20,000-square-foot space. It’s open seven days a
        space on location, at the adjacent theme park Islands of             walking distance. Groups can also explore the area with a           week until 2 AM and has a capacity for as many as
        Adventure, and at its three on-site resorts. Groups can also         swamp buggy eco-tour and airboat ride. (HC-61, Box 46,              400 patrons. Full-service catering is available from
        take advantage of City Walk, a dining, shopping, and                 Clewiston; 800.949.6101; www.seminoletribe. com/safari)             chef Bill Starbuck. A private room with direct
        nightlife destination capable of hosting block parties, corpo-       CALDER RACE COURSE                                                  access to valet parking is available, or clients can
        rate outings, and teambuilding activities. The salesand event        Have employees spend a day at the races during a meeting or         choose to curtain off four bowling lanes for a
        staff can coordinate V.I.P. tours, ticket specials, and entertain-   picnic. An open-air pavilion can host 60 people and is              unique event space. (1691 Michigan Ave., Miami
        ment and production services for events from a business              located trackside. For groups from 40 to 1,500 people, the          Beach; 305.532.0307; www.bowlluckytrike.com)
        luncheon to full-scale concert. (1000 Universal Studios Plaza,       outdoor picnic grove has tables and chairs. In-house catering       NATIONAL CROQUET CENTER
        Orlando; 888.266.2121; www.universalevents.com)                      can accommodate any need. The rental fee includes                   Built in 2002, the center sits on four acres and has
        WONDERWORKS                                                          admission, racing program (featuring the group’s name),             a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse designed with a
        The only attraction that is literally upside down,                   lunch, tax, and gratuity. Group members can even take               Florida Keys flavor. It can host groups from 20 to
        WonderWorks can host 1,200 people for teambuilding                   souvenir photos with the winning jockey. (21001 NW                  600 people for banquets and business meetings.            Fun Spot Action Park
        events, cocktail receptions, and more. It features more than         27th Ave., Miami; 305.625.1311; www.calderracecourse.com)           As many as 192 players can utilize one of 12 lawns
                                                                                                          CORAL CASTLE                           at a time, and the in-house croquet experts provide all the SAWGRASS RECREATION PARK
                                                                                                          Groups of as many as 450 people        equipment and lessons. Large catered events are no prob- Tour the Everglades on an airboat going 35 miles an hour or
             Calder Race Course                                                                           can take advantage of this histori-    lem, thanks to a full-size kitchen and bar available for events have a cookout for groups from 25 to 250—both can be
                                                                                                          cal outdoor area built entirely out    (planners are welcome to bring off-premise caterers as well). arranged at the park, which is situated on 17 acres. Guests
                                                                                                          of 1,100 tons of coral rock. Only      Smaller groups not needing the clubhouse can be hosted at can also tour a replica of an 18th century Seminole Indian vil-
                                                                                                          the grounds are available for          the restaurant Croquet Grille or in private rooms for as many lage. For more adventure, a reptile and alligator exhibit
                                                                                                          receptions and events; planners        as 200 people. (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach; allows groups to get up close to local critters or pet a
                                                                                                          are responsible for obtaining all      561.478.2300; www.croquetnational.com)                           real Florida panther. (P.O. Box 291620, Fort Lauderdale;
                                                                                                          rentals and other services needed.     PARROT JUNGLE ISLAND                                             954.389.0202; www.evergladestours.com)
                                                                                                          There is a small kitchen on site for   Located right off the causeway between Miami and Miami STRIKE MIAMI
                                                                                                          heating food. No alcohol is            Beach, Parrot Jungle Island is home to more than 3,000 ani- Full-service bars, plush banquette seating, glow-in-the-dark
                                                                                                          allowed on property except for         mals—and many can be the special guests at your event. lanes, gourmet cuisine: when Strike Miami opened in 2004,
                                                                                                          champagne for toasting. A cov-         The park can host any type of event from picnics to fund-rais- it changed the way people viewed bowling alleys. The
                                                                                                          ered area can be used for danc-        ers both indoor and out. The Garden Outpost, with views of 37,000-square-foot multimedia playground has various
                                                                                                          ing. 28655 South Dixie Hwy.,           Biscayne Bay, can accommodate as many as 1,100 banquet- catering and bar options for any event. It features a sports
                                                                                                          Home-stead;          305.248.6345;     style or 2,200 reception-style. Despite the jungle environ- lounge with seating for 125, a 40-foot bar, a 12-foot projec-
                                                                                                          www.coralcastle.com)                   ment, upscale events can be held either in the 13,824- tor screen, and 12 plasma TVs. There’s also a private room
                                                                                                          GAMEWORKS                              square-foot Treetop Ballroom (for as many as 2,000 guests) with a 10-foot projector screen and double-sided bar
                                                                                                          Half high-energy interactive video     or in smaller salons for 30 to 600 banquet-style or 40 to 1,500 for intimate gatherings. Its professional event staff can
                                                                                                          games and entertainment space          reception-style A professional staff can assist with every plan- help coordinate any need from entertainment to teambuild-
                                                                                                          and half full-service restaurant and   ning need. (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305.258.6453; ing activities. (11401 NW 12th St., Miami; 305.593.8330;
                                                                                                          bar, Gameworks has something for       www.parrotjungle.com)                                            www.strikemiami.com)
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        NORTH FLORIDA                                                     CLUB HEDO
        ATLANTIC                                                          One of many rowdy watering holes in Ybor City, Hedo is
        The 2,500-square-foot bar is available during the day before      actually two clubs in one 8,000-square-foot building. The
        6PM for meetings or receptions for as many as 200 people.         main room has a wild jungle theme with a capacity for as
        An eight-foot-wide video screen can be used for presenta-         many as 700 guests. It features a nine-foot waterfall and a
        tions or promotional videos. The club has full lighting, sound,   granite bar with water running down the center of it. The sec-
        and PA systems that planners can use. Decorated with a retro      ond club has a beach theme and room for 700 guests as
        feel, Atlantic also has a 30- by 6-foot outdoor patio that can    well. Both can be rented out during the day, and the staff can
        be used for events for as many as 40 people. (15 North Main       arrange entertainment, DJs, and audiovisual support for
        St., Gainesville, 352.264.9844; www.atlanticnights.com)           any event. (1510 East Seventh Ave., Tampa; 813.248.4336;
        BOURBON STREET STATION                                            www.clubhedo.com)
        A taste of New Orleans can be found at this nightclub, which      DRAGON ROOM
        has five different themed rooms in one location. Mardi Gras       An inclusive ambiance of styles and scenes in a lavish, ultra-
        features four full bars and a multilevel dance floor, while       modern facility, Dragon Room has sleek mosaic tile patterns,
        country lovers hang out at the Crazy Horse Saloon and two-        the latest lighting and sound technology, illuminated blue
        step on the wooden dance floor, ride the mechanical bull,         bar, Shoji screens, indoor waterfall, and more. It can host
        take dance lessons, or watch a country music concert. Reflex      anything from business meetings to product launches
        has more of a retro ambiance, and live blues in an intimate       for more than 200 patrons. (25 West Church St., Orlando;
        setting with piano bar can be found in the Blue Room. The         407.843.8600; www.dragonroomorlando.com)
        Varsity room has more than 16,000 songs to choose from for        GASPAR’S GROTTO
        karaoke. V.I.P. suites are perfect for private parties. As many   The 10,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is located in the
        as 20 people can be hosted in the largest suite, which has        heart of Ybor City and is named after legendary pirate Jose
        four tables, large sectional sofa, large screen TV, and private   Gaspar—who the city of Tampa celebrates annually during
        bathroom. Two smaller suites for 12 people each have simi-        the Gasparilla Festival. It’s Gasparilla every day at the bar,
        lar amenities. (1770 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville;          decorated with a nautical and pirate theme. As many as 900
        904.641.8777; www.bourbonstreetstation.com)                       people can be accommodated at the grotto for corporate
        SQUARE ONE                                                        and social events. An outdoor patio area measuring 6,300
        Located in San Marco, one of the area’s oldest neighbor-          square feet is also available for picnics. Full service catering      GLO Lounge
        hoods, Square One is a bar, lounge, and dance club rolled         can be arranged along with other event services such as
        into one. Live music is a staple at the 8,000-square-foot         entertainment, audiovisual equipment, cigar rollers, and
        club, which can accommodate 400 people for events                 more. (1805 East Seventh Ave., Ybor City; 813.248.5900;            POSH                                                              The lounge has a projection screen ready for presentations
        upstairs and down. A private room on the first level can          www.gasparsgrotto.com)                                             Located only a mile from the Orange County Convention             and there is a covered outdoor patio for use as well. The in-
        also be booked for as many as 50 people. Pom’s Thai               GLO LOUNGE                                                         Center, Posh is also within walking distance of many area         house restaurant can cater anything from light hors d’oeuvres
        Bistro is its upstairs neighbor, and its full menu is available   The upscale contemporary lounge is two blocks away                 hotels, making it a convenient spot for business-related          to sit-down dinners and luncheons. The club is decorated
        to all of the club’s patrons. The restaurant can also provide     from the convention center. The nightclub can be rented            events. The club’s main room accommodates 350 people              with sea glass lamps, communal tables, water walls,
        catering services for events held at the club. It’s available     for corporate outings, receptions, holiday parties, and            and includes a 13- by 24-foot stage. Posh also offers six addi-   and more. A roofed patio area features wicker furniture
        until 4 PM for events and can provide full audiovisual serv-      more. It has three billiard tables with balls that glow under      tional areas (including two patios) that seat between 10 and      and natural art accents. (2 South Orange Ave., Orlando;
        ices. (1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.306.9004;          special lighting that is also used to illuminate funky             150 guests. An adjacent parking lot can be converted into an      407.244.5995; www.rhythmandflow.com)
        www.squareonejax.com)                                             lounge furniture. V.I.P. areas are available for hosting pri-      event space for an additional 350 people, with an option          SKY60
                                                                          vate gatherings, and companies can use four 50-inch                for tenting. A projection screen behind the stage in the          This tree-lined rooftop venue located in downtown Orlando is
        CENTRAL FLORIDA                                                   plasma screens for promotional materials. As many as 350           main room and in the sake bar, along with five plasma             draped in white and offers cabana seating. Private party pack-
        THE CLUB AT FIRESTONE                                             people can be accommodated at GLO for receptions or                screens located throughout the club, can project company          ages for 200 guests include open bar and music. Catering and
        Ideal for special events, concerts, television shoots, and con-   100 for sit-down dinners. If additional space is needed,           logos or promotional videos. (7552 Universal Blvd., Orlando;      additional entertainment—from live bands to customized
        ventions, this venue offers a state-of-the-art sound and light-   the adjacent and rear parking lots can be tented for larg-         407.248.1977; www.poshorlando.com)                                music to suit any event—can also be provided. (64 North
        ing multimedia system. Recently renovated, its four rooms         er crowds. Besides full bar service, the GLO staff can assist      RHYTHM & FLOW ULTRA LOUNGE                                        Orange Ave., Orlando; 407.246.1599; www.sky60.com)
        make it downtown Orlando’s largest dance club venue with          with catering and entertainment from cigar rollers to live         The downtown Orlando nightclub is divided into the Flow           THE SOCIAL
        a capacity for as many as 1,576 guests. (578 North Orange         bands. (8967 International Drive; Orlando; 407.426.9250;           Lounge downstairs and Rhythm Club upstairs. As many as            Orlando’s premiere entertainment hall for the past 10 years
        Ave., Orlando; 407.872.0066; www.clubatfirestone.com)             www.GLOloungeorlando.com )                                         450 can be hosted for private events and business functions.      can be rented out for private affairs. The former jazz and
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        BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS

        blues club can host as many as 175 guests for seated events       events for 1,000 people. (950 NE Second Ave., Miami;                   Snatch Rock ‘N’ Roll Bar & Lounge
        or as many as 450 for receptions. The in-house special events     305.415.0000; www.metropolisdowntown.com)
        coordinator brings 19 years of planning experience to the         NIKKI BEACH
        club and can assist with food and beverage packages and           The 35,000-square-foot nightclub is just steps away from the
        entertainment booking. Private rooms for meetings, lectures,      sand and one of the hottest spots in Miami Beach to see, be
        or smaller seated events are available. The Social is located     seen, and host an event. Take advantage of the open-air
        15 miles from the Orange County Convention Center                 venue with plenty of beds and cabanas for guests to lounge
        and local theme parks. (54 North Orange Ave., Orlando;            on. An in-house restaurant can cater to any need. If an
        407.246.1419; www.thesocial.org)                                  enclosed environment is preferred, visit Pearl Restaurant &
        TABU NIGHT CLUB                                                   Champagne Lounge on the second floor. The total indoor
        Originally a theater in the 1920’s, the club was restored to      and outdoor capacity for private events is 3,000. (One Ocean
        reflect the decor of that era. An upstairs V.I.P. room is ideal   Drive, Miami Beach; 305.538.1111; www.nikkibeach.com)
        for cocktail parties for 150 guests. The entire club can          NOCTURNAL MIAMI
        host 850 for any style event and offers state-of-the-art audio-   One of the must-see nightclubs downtown is also a nontradi-
        visual systems. The main room is equipped with two large          tional event space offering a sophisticated ambiance for danc-
        video walls that can be used during events. Celebrity visitors    ing, dining, and lounging. The tri-level 20,000-square-foot
        and performers have included Britney Spears, 50 Cent,             club offers private rooms with sophisticated decor, a rooftop
        and Michael Jordan. Versace, Donna Karan, and Kenneth             lounge with its own dance floor bar and views of the city, seven
        Cole have all used Tabu as a backdrop for their fashion           full-service bars, 15- by 15-foot projection screen, water walls,
        shows. (46 North Orange Ave., Orlando; 407.648.8363;              performance stage and runway, with projection capabilities
        www.tabunightclub.com)                                            throughout. SUV drive-in access, and more. (50 NE 11th St.,
                                                                          Miami; 305.576.6996; www.nocturnalmiami.com)
        SOUTH FLORIDA                                                     OPIUM
        AMIKA LOFT LOUNGE                                                 Another venture of the Opium Group (which also owns
        The 9,600-square-foot club in Miami Beach mixes 60’s style        Mansion) is a 32,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor nightclub
        with high-energy house music. Divided into a 1,400-square-        one block away from the beach and the sights and sounds of
        foot lounge on the first floor accompanied by a 6,600-            Ocean Drive. It features two levels and four bars with a
        square-foot main room plus an upstairs loft measuring 1,600       capacity for 2,000 guests. Asia inspired the overall decor of
        square feet, the entire club can accommodate 600 people at        the club, which is scattered with golden Buddha statues,
        one time for events. The club features mod furniture, LED         Chinese lanterns, and other Zen accents. (136 Collins Ave.,
        lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, and four bars. Staff     Miami Beach; 305.674.8630; www.opiummiami.com)
        can also provide audiovisual equipment for events held            PARK SPORTS CLUB
        there. (1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305.534.1499;          Every day is game day at the bi-level, 15,000-square-foot           tainment can be arranged through R.K.M. Design and Hot         ing the day for corporate and social events for as many
        www.amikamiami.com)                                               dining and entertainment venue located in Seminole                  Jam Entertainment. (320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach;             as 1,200 guests in total, including the 2,500-square-foot
        ANGEL ULTRA LOUNGE                                                Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in                786.621.5215; www.statesouthbeach.com)                         outdoor deck. It also has four private lounges and
        Formerly called Club Nerve, it holds 500 people and has a         Hollywood. With nostalgic favorites and futuristic tech-            NEW SUITE                                                      stage in the center of the dance floor that can be used for pre-
        private room for special events for 75. Three smaller lounge      nology, it can accommodate as many as 900 guests                    Located directly above Snatch, the 9,000-square-foot night-    sentations and entertainment. Full audiovisual services are
        areas can be curtained off with white sheers for privacy.         reception-style or 400-seated downstairs. The upper                 club can host as many as 750 people. The design is contem-     available, and the staff can help accommodate catering and
        Advantage DMS created most of the club’s decor, which fea-        level boasts private skyboxes and a new lounge for 175              porary with Asian and African influences throughout. Glass     other event needs. (111 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale;
        tures black and white armless sofas with red or orange pil-       offers views of the entire space, which boasts 150                  partitions divide the space into comfy lounges decorated       954.522.0733; www.voodooloungeflorida.com)
        lows and subtle Moroccan accents. (247 23rd St., Miami            TVs and two 16- by 9-foot video walls. Full service cater-          with chandeliers, white marble bars, antique kimonos and       YAGE BAY CLUB
        Beach; 305.695.1713; www.angelultra.com)                          ing is also available. (5763 Seminole Way, Hollywood;               samurai armor, and mismatched Louis XIII furniture. An ele-    Located next to the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne, the
        BAHIA                                                             954.556.7450; www.theparksportsclub.com)                            vated private area has a ten-foot fireplace and adjoining      9,000-square-foot, trilevel lounge is accessible by land and
        The deck of the Four Seasons’s seventh-floor pool features        PRIVE                                                               Moroccan-style champagne lounge. Celebs and other high-        sea, thanks to the adjacent marina. It has two private rooms
        a chic bar and lounge named after the famed city in north-        This 7,000-square-foot private lounge within Opium has its          profile clientele can retreat to the Guest Suite, which fea-   with skyline views of downtown Miami, an atrium with beds
        east Brazil. The 4,275-square-foot space has been available       own entrance. Able to accommodate as many as 500 people,            tures a one-way mirror to view all the revelry in private.     for lounging, plasma screens, an outdoor patio, and space
        for private events since October 2005. The two-acre               the lounge’s design has similar Asian influences to Opium, but      (1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305.604.3644;              for 1,000 guests. A sound stage is available for live perform-
        pool terrace can host events for 200 people Mondays               with a more modern flair. Glass fixtures, a waterfall, and plush    www.suiteloungemiami.com)                                      ances. Catering, water taxis, and limo service can be provid-
        through Wednesdays only. It has an outdoor living room            cream colored furniture dominate the space, making it a             VOODOO LOUNGE                                                  ed as well. (3301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne;
        ambience with teak furniture, overstuffed loveseats with          favorite hangout of celebs like Jessica Simpson. (136 Collins       The spacious 10,000-square-foot nightclub can be rented dur-   305.361.0788; www.yagebayclub.com)
        blue and white cushions, and a 16-foot water wall. The            Ave., Miami Beach; 305.531.5535; www.theopiumgroup.com)
        hotel can cater and provide floral arrangements, decor,           REVOLUTION
        and rentals. (1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305.358.3535;            The nightclub features 28,000 square feet of indoor and out-
        www.fourseasons.com/miami)                                        door space, two full-service bars, and three private areas for
        CAFÉ IGUANA PINES                                                 as many as 3,000 people. It can provide audiovisual services
        The 25,000-square-foot facility caters to every form of enter-    and special effects (done by the in-house production team),
        tainment. It has eight bars, two giant screen TVs plus 88 reg-    catering, and more. An outdoor concert hall can host any
        ular TVs, an expansive dance floor, and a sports bar where        musical act plus 2,000 fans, and there’s an outdoor balcony
        enthusiasts can enjoy the game from the 25-foot long ice bar.
        The new Media Room is a turnkey meeting space complete
                                                                          with its own bar for 250 guests. (200 West Broward Blvd.,
                                                                          Fort Lauderdale; 954.727.0950; www.jointherevolution.net)
                                                                                                                                                                              Your team of
        with audiovisual and broadcasting capabilities. The club also
        has a full service catering department ready to customize
        menus to any theme and event. (8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke
                                                                          SHINE
                                                                          Encompassing the entire first floor of the Shelborne Beach
                                                                          Resort and Hotel, Shine is an 85,000-square-foot entertain-
                                                                                                                                                                         culinary professionals
        Pines; 954.433.8787; www.cafeiguanapines.com)                     ment lounge and nightclub that accommodates as many as
        CROBAR                                                            1,800 guests. The lounge is ideal for groups of 200, while a
        The former Cameo Theater built in 1938 has become a long-         separate ballroom can hold 600 for presentations, meetings,
        standing hot spot in the nightclub scene. Able to host from       or sit-down dinners. For outdoor events, the pool deck
        20 to 2,000 guests, the bi-level club has an industrial design    has its own bars and cabanas and room for 1,000 guests.
        with high ceilings. The mezzanine level has a series of           The hotel can cater events done on-site, but planners can
        cabanas for private gatherings and can be set up with its own     use outside caterers. (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
        bar area. For performances, a stage area is located on one        305.341.1455; www.shinesouthbeach.com)
        end of the venue. Individual platforms are also scattered         SNATCH ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAR & LOUNGE
        throughout the space. The club can also provide audiovisual       Lynyrd Skynyrd meets America’s Next Top Model is the vibe
        support for any event. (1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;        at Snatch. The 3,500-square-foot club boasts three bars and
        305.531.5027; www.crobar.com)                                     a mechanical bull. The mezzanine level features a billiards
        MANSION                                                           table and a lounge area filled with Louis XIII-style furniture
        One of the many watering holes of Paris Hilton, Mansion was       and leather swings. Designer lingerie hangs from chandeliers
        built in 1936 as the French Casino before becoming of             made not with shimmering crystals but animal antlers. The
        Miami’s hottest nightclubs. The 40,000-square-foot venue has      uplit central bar is reflected in the 12-foot mirrors etched with
        two levels with six bars and a capacity for 2,500 guests.         the images of Axl Rose and Jim Morrison. Day or evening
        Design highlights include sweeping staircases, fireplaces,        events can be accommodated at Snatch, and the mechani-
        crystal chandeliers, and brick walls. Seven projection            cal bull can be moved to make room for a stage for perform-
        screens are available for branding and presentations along        ances or presentations. (1437 Washington Ave., Miami
        with a state-of-the-art sound system. (1235 Washington Ave.,      Beach; 305.604.3644; www.snatchmiami.com)
        Miami Beach; 305.531.5535; www.mansionmiami.com)                  STATE
        METROPOLIS DOWNTOWN                                               State’s 12,000 square feet of space was transformed with
        Metropolis Downtown’s 55,000-square-foot facility houses          white and silver fabrics, mahogany wood, and chandeliers for                         Establishing relationships with clients that
        five nightclubs (from rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop), each with its    an opulent look. The tri-level nightclub can host any size
        own decor, attitude, and separate entrance. Each venue can        event, from small gatherings for 50 people to a massive                                           meet all budgets!
        be set up for corporate meetings, conventions, and special        reception for 800. Special bar prices are available and enter-

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        BOATS & YACHTS
        NORTH FLORIDA                                                      SOUTH FLORIDA                                                         Holiday of Magic
        LATIGO YACHT CHARTERS                                              ARENA EAGLE EVENTS
        The 60-foot Yacht Latiga takes as many as six passengers on        The 76-foot Arena Eagle can be chartered for hourly, week-
        two to seven night cruises along the northeast coast of            ly, or overnight cruises for as many as 50 guests. The dock
        Florida. It serves the areas of Jacksonville, St. Augustine,       area can be used as well for receptions and events for as
        Ponte Vedra, Palm Coast, and Daytona Beach. All cruises are        many as 100 people. It has a full-service galley with
        customizable to the group and include food and beverage,           microwave that can be used to heat and serve food, five rest-
        water sports equipment, and fuel and dockage at marinas.           rooms, and a master stateroom with king-size bed, private
        The yacht can be used as alternate accommodation space             bath, and his/her closets. All areas offer modern furnishings.
        during race week or the Daytona 500, or be the prime tailgat-      The fly bridge has 800 square feet of space with seating for
        ing location to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars. (16 Cherokee       16 people. MTV used the Arena Eagle during the 2005
        Court East; Palm Coast; 800.897.4886; www.latigo.net)              Video Music Awards. The crew can arrange any event serv-
                                                                           ice requested. (1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami Beach;
        CENTRAL FLORIDA                                                    888.292.2487; www.arenaeagle.com)
        STARLITE CRUISES                                                   BISCAYNE LADY YACHT CHARTERS
        Starlite has two large ships available for cruises: the Starlite   The 111-foot yacht features eight-foot ceilings and room for
        Majesty and Starlite Princess. The Majesty has two dining          400 passengers on three grand decks. The executive chef can
        decks that accommodate a maximum of 120 and 158 pas-               cater any style event from a simple cocktail reception to an
        sengers, respectively. It sets sail from Clearwater Beach. The     elaborate sit-down dinner. The staff can arrange a variety of
        main deck of the Princess, an authentic paddle wheel river-        services such as linens, decor, photography, video, and enter-
        boat, has a capacity for 100 people plus a mezzanine for 62        tainment. Themes can be set up onboard, from Roman toga
        and deck for 76. The main deck and mezzanine can be com-           parties to Hawaiian luaus. State-of-the-art audiovisual equip-
        bined for larger groups of as many as 162 people. The              ment is available to enhance any conference, awards ceremo-
        Princess sails from St. Petersburg. Full lunch and dinner          ny, or other special event. The Biscayne Lady is docked at
        menus are made to order onboard, and the ships also have           Bayside Marketplace, a popular tourist destination filled with
        a full-service bar. Three-hour private charter options can be      shops, dining, and live entertainment. It can also dock in ten
        arranged as well, with options for sit-down or buffet-style        other locations from Miami to Palm Beach. (555 NE 15th St.,
        dining, cocktails, and passed hors d’oeuvres. (P.O. Box 3335,      Suite 102, Miami; 305.379.5119; www.biscaynelady.com)
        Clearwater; 800.444.4814; www.starlitecruises.com)                 CARROUSEL YACHT
        YACHT STARSHIP                                                     Product launches, business meetings, movie premieres, cor-
        This 180-foot yacht sails out of Channelside, a popular            porate dinners, and more can be hosted on the Carrousel, a
        entertainment and dining complex in Tampa. It can accom-           135-foot luxury yacht that such luminaries as Joan Rivers and
        modate as many as 600 passengers in five separate areas,           John Kerry have sailed on. It has a 1,200-square-foot salon
        providing an upscale ballroom-like environment for corpo-          that can be used for conferences or dinners for as many as
        rate and social events that doesn’t remain in one location.        140 people and the dockside can be used for groups of 500.
        In 2004, it underwent a $1 million expansion that added an         A circular staircase that leads to the upper viewing deck fea-     Cruise and see the homes of such rich and famous Miami res-        phere with dance floor, lighting, and a DJ station. Groups can
        outside dining area off the second-floor veranda, tripled          tures a carousel horse. It departs from the Fontainebleau          idents as Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan. As many as 40 can     depart from several marinas from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.
        the kitchen size, and doubled the size of the promenade            Hilton Marina Resort & Hotel, but offers other docking loca-       go on the Miami River Safari and come in contact with alliga-      “Cruisologists,” the onboard event planners, can assist in
        deck. It cruises out of Ybor Channel into the Hillsborough         tions. Five-star cuisine and full beverage service is available,   tors, manatees, and other wildlife; other tours are also avail-    organizing events. (3239 West Trade Ave., #9, Coconut Grove;
        Bay and Garrison Channel, which offers views of Bayshore           and the staff can arrange decor, entertainment, and audiovi-       able and all can cruises can be upgraded with food and bev-        305.445.5792; 305.442.9784; www.rcmiami.com)
        Drive, Harbour Island, Davis Island, and the downtown              sual services for events. (1717 North Bayshore Drive, Suite        erage packages. The 62-foot Holiday of Magic is also avail-        RENAISSANCE
        Tampa skyline. It also offers a smaller 92-foot yacht, the         2500, Miami; 305.530.9700; www.carrouselyacht.com)                 able for smaller groups of 49. (1717 North Bayshore Drive,         The 112-foot yacht is available for corporate or social events
        Lady Tampa Bay. It has a capacity for 149 passengers and           HOLIDAY OF MAGIC YACHT CHARTERS                                    Suite 1546, Miami; 305.372.8055; www.holidayofmagic.com)           plus luncheon or dinner cruises for groups of 100 to 325 peo-
        is based out of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel &               The Miami Magic is a 100-foot yacht featuring two luxurious        LADY STIRLING                                                      ple. It offers sit-down or buffet dining, cash or open bar,
        Marina. Live entertainment is available during night cruises       dining areas with hand-rubbed cherry and brass trim, a top         The Lady Stirling is the only schooner in Naples and can be        decor, music, and dancing, all while cruising to locations
        only. The company has alternate docking locations in St.           shelf bar, dance area, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting     chartered for as many as 49 passengers for sunset cruises or       throughout Miami and Broward. The Renaissance features an
        Petersburg, Sarasota, and Tarpon Springs to accommodate            systems. Two decks with three exterior viewing areas allow as      dinners. It resembles the old sailing ships of the 1800’s, pro-    art deco design and has two decks with four distinct areas.
        groups. (603 Channelside Drive, Tampa; 813.223.7999;               many as 149 passengers to enjoy the South Florida weather.         viding a unique experience different from the usual yachts         The lower deck can accommodate as many as 150 people
        www.yachtstarship.com)                                             Groups of at least 20 people can embark on the Mansion             available. Groups can participate in teambuilding programs         for sit-down or buffet-style functions. A lounge in the upper
                                                                                                                                              that incorporate activities like raising sails, navigating, and    deck can fit 100 people and has comfy sofas and bar service.
                                                                                                                                              steering. The programs can be arranged for three to four           Also on the upper deck is an outdoor covered dance floor
                                                                                                                                              hours, and food and beverage service can be added as well.         with room for 160 people plus a DJ or live band.
                                                                                                                                              The schooner sails beyond Naples to other locations                Cocktails and receptions for as many as 75 people can be
                                                                                                                                              throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (740 North Collier Blvd.,           hosted in the bow deck. (1423 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
                                                                                                                                              Marco Island; 239.272.1511; www.seaexcursions.com)                 786.245.0470; 305.604.0350; www.dinnercruisemiami.com)
                                                                                                                                              LOTS OF YACHTS                                                     TIKKI BEACH
                                                                                                                                              The company is appropriately named because it offers just          A taste of Hawaii is available in South Florida with this party
                                                                                                                                              that—a lot of vessels to suit any size group. For groups with      vessel, which has a 3,000-square-foot upper deck with dance
                                                                                                                                              more than 300 people, the company has four options that            floor. It’s decorated with bamboo walls, thatch umbrellas, tiki
                                                                                                                                              range in size from 115 to 167 feet. Groups with 100 to 300         huts and 20-foot palm trees and has room for as many as 145
                                                                                                                                              guests can choose from six boats ranging in size from 85 to        passengers. The upper deck has a separate cabana area with
                                                                                                                                              142 feet. There are also ships for groups with less than 50        grass flooring, two wooden beds with white cushions and
                                                                                                                                              people or sailing yachts for four to 16 people. It offers event    extra large pillows, its own private bar, and seating for 35
                                                                                                                                              planning services plus wide menu options for everything            guests. More room is available on the lower deck, which has
                                                                                                                                              from buffet-style events to cocktail receptions. The vessels       a full galley, three buffet stations, private bar, and sit-down
                                                                                                                                              are available from Miami to Jupiter, and the company also          dining space for 75 guests. The floating lounge can be char-
                                                                                                                                              has locations in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and New         tered hourly or overnight and any times in between and has
                                                                                                                                              York. (132 Sussex G, West Palm Beach; 561.242.4753;                Caribbean-themed menus available for events. (4441 Collins
                                                                                                                                              www.lotsofyachts.com)                                              Ave., Miami Beach; 305.538.4040; www.tikkibeach.com)
                                                                                                                                              MASITA SPORT FISHING CHARTERS                                      WINDRIDGE YACHT CHARTERS
                                                                                                                                              Besides having a fleet of over six vessels (including a 192-       With three large yachts ranging in size from 131 to 170 feet
                                                                                                                                              foot yacht with a capacity for 400 people), the charter com-       long, Windridge can accommodate groups of as many as
                                                                                                                                              pany can accommodate just as many on multiple boats for            500 people. Groups can choose a variety of entertainment,
                                                                                                                                              hourly, half-day, or full-day fishing excursions. Organize fish-   gourmet meals, decor, and themes, or let the staff customize
                                                                                                                                              ing tournaments on 15- to 51-foot boats, many with rest-           a package. The Lady Windridge is available during the day
                                                                                                                                              rooms, air conditioning, and staterooms. Groups will be able       for breakfast receptions and luncheons, evenings for recep-
                                                                                                                                              to catch snapper, sailfish, and even sharks. It can also provide   tions and dinner cruises, plus it offers sunset and midnight
                                                                                                                                              beverages and platters of seafood, fruit, meats, and cheese.       tours. The dining room aboard can sit as many as 300 peo-
                                                                                                                                              Jet Ski and inner tube rentals are also available to make the      ple for seminars. The staff can arrange the necessary presen-
                                                                                                                                              event complete. (401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 954.562.0747;          tation materials needed. Fortune 500 companies use
                                                                                                                                              www.masita2.com)                                                   Windridge to entertain and impress not only their clients
                                                                                                                                              MIAMI BOAT CHARTER                                                 but their employees as well. (2950 NE 32nd Ave., Fort
                                                                                                                                              The company offers a large fleet for accommodating any size        Lauderdale; 954.525.7724; www.windridgeyachts.com)
                                                                                                                                              group, from as small as 35 people to more than 300 for cor-
                                                                                                                                              porate or social events. One of its largest yachts can host 450
                                                                                                                                              people aboard its 170-foot vessel, complete with fully air-
                                                                                                                                              conditioned top level with observation deck, bar, and lounge
                                                                                                                                              area. Another option is a 130-foot ship for as many as 475
                                                                                                                                              people, with dinner and dancing available. The dining area
                                                                                                                                              on that boat has bay windows offering gorgeous views and
                                                                                                                                              can accommodate 250 people sit-down or buffet-style. If
                                                                                                                                              smaller meeting or reception space is needed, a 61-foot ship
                                                                                                                                              is available for 35 people. The air-conditioned interior level
                                                                                                                                              has a seating area plus room for catering. The staff can
                                                                                                                                              arrange sightseeing tours as well. (542 Washington Ave.;
                                                                                                                                              Miami Beach; 305.673.3956; www.miamiboat.com)
                                                                                                                                              REALITY CRUISES MIAMI
                                                                                                                                              The company has a variety of yachts that can accommodate
                                                                                                                                              between 100 to 350 guests for cocktail and dining cruises.
                                                                                                                                              The 2,000-square-foot dining area seats 160. Customized
                                                                                                                                              menu and bar packages are available and include china,
                                                                                                                                              stemware, and linen service. All decks are air-conditioned and      Yacht Starship
                                                                                                                                              offer panoramic views. The upper deck has a nightclub atmos-
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        CONFERENCE & CONVENTION CENTERS & AUDITORIUMS
        NORTH FLORIDA                                                     space, 45 breakout rooms, and a business center, plus all the        pose arena is ideal for concerts, sporting, and special events,
        BOARDWALK BEACH RESORT                                            latest technology, equipment, and audiovisual services               and can seat as many as 2,000 guests. The Hurricane 100
        & CONVENTION CENTER                                               needed for a successful meeting, tradeshow, or private               Room, which offers a sophisticated and traditional atmos-
        Located on Florida’s Gulf coast, the resort has a total of        event. The facility’s festive Southwestern design adds a rustic      phere with state-of-the-art technology, can accommodate as
        40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. It        feel. Full catering, themed decor, and floral services can also      many as 200 reception-style. All catering is handled on the
        can accommodate from 25 to 2,500 people for anything              be arranged in-house. (P.O. Box 10,000, Lake Buena Vista,            premises. (1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables; 305.284.8244;
        from small conference meetings to a convention. The prop-         321.939.7127; www.disneymeetings.com)                                www.bankunitedcenter.com)
        erty also features a 16,000-square-foot ballroom that can be      HARBORVIEW CONVENTION CENTER                                         BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
        divided into four smaller 5,000-square-foot rooms. Seven          The center has 30,000 square feet of exhibition space on one         The 600,000-square-foot, three-story convention center con-
        breakout rooms with 1,250 and 1,650 square feet each have         level and 35,000 square feet of available space on the con-          tains 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, 34,000 square feet
        a capacity from 70 to 100 people, plus there are two exteri-      ference and banquet level, capable of accommodating                  of meeting rooms, 53,000 square feet of pre-function space,
        or patios measuring more than 5,000 square feet. (9450            between 40 to 1,400 guests. For trade shows, the exhibit hall        and 19 covered loading docks. The exhibit hall can house 841
        South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach; 850.234.3484;              can hold as many as 180 8- by 10-foot booths. The confer-            10- by 10-foot booths or be divided into three smaller sections
        www.boardwalkbeachresort.com)                                     ence level also includes a 17,600-square-foot ballroom,              if needed. Three additional halls, ranging in size from 42,774
                                                                          which can be divided into smaller sections. For smaller func-        to 64,887 square feet has its own foyer, food concession area,
            Palm Beach County Convention Center                           tions, six additional rooms range from 725 to 800 square             and loading docks. The 20,000-square-foot ballroom can host
                                                                          feet. All areas are conveniently located next to 9,000 square        as many as 1,800 banquet-style and has a capacity for 150
                                                                          feet of registration or pre-function space. (300 Cleveland St.,      exhibit booths. It also offers audiovisual services, in-house
                                                                                                                                               catering, and more. (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Orange County Convention Center
                                                                          Clearwater; 727.462.6778; www.harborv.com)
                                                                          KISSIMMEE CIVIC CENTER                                               954.765.5900; www.browardconventioncenter.com)
                                                                          The civic center is located in historic downtown Kissimmee           COCONUT GROVE EXPO CENTER                                         theater-style. It can provide a full range of audiovisual serv-
                                                                          and has a grand ballroom that can be used for receptions,            Located near the bay, the expo center has 150,000 square          ices, equipment rentals, marketing, and catering. (1901
                                                                          meetings, and more. Choose two rooms with 2,500 square               feet of space that can be used for banquets, office space,        Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; 305.673.7311;
                                                                          feet for as many as 120 guests, three rooms with 3,750               exhibitions, lectures, and meetings for 450 to 5,000              www.miamibeachconvention.com)
                                                                          square feet for 180 guests, or four rooms with 5,000 square          guests. It can accommodate as many as 15,000 people the-          MIAMI CONVENTION CENTER
                                                                          feet that can accommodate 320. Event packages include a              ater-style and over 850 8- by 10-foot booths or 670 10- by        Comprised of three separate event and meeting facilities,
                                                                          10 hour rental period, tables, chairs, set up and breakdown,         10-foot booths. A complete box office with ticketing capabil-     the 28,000-square-foot convention center is located in
                                                                          and janitorial services. Linens and audiovisual equipment are        ities and concession stands are also available during events.     downtown Miami, just eight miles from the airport. The
                                                                          available for an additional fee. Dance floors and DJ booth           (2700 South Bayshore Drive, Miami; 305.579.3310;                  James L. Knight Center’s auditorium seats 4,645 for perform-
                                                                          can also be added into the packages. The center has a list of        www.coconutgroveexpocenter.com)                                   ances or general sessions; the Hyatt Regency Miami features
                                                                          preferred caterers such as Puff ‘n Stuff and Golden Corral           KOVENS CONFERENCE CENTER                                          615 rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, and an
                                                                          that can provide any food and beverage service needed.               Located at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay        additional 23,000 square feet of meeting space. It also pro-
                                                                          (201 East Dakin Ave., Kissimmee; 407.935.1412; www.kissim-           campus, the center has meeting rooms ranging in size from         vides all the food and beverage services at the Knight
                                                                          meeparksandrec.com)                                                  729 to 1,620 square feet of space that can accommodate            Center; while the University of Miami Conference Center has
                                                                          LAKELAND CENTER                                                      between 20 to 95 people. Events for more than 400 can be          14 meeting rooms, a 117-seat lecture hall, and a 444-seat
                                                                          Whether it’s a touring Broadway show, concert, convention,           arranged in a 5,500-square-foot ballroom that features views      auditorium. (400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305.372.4633;
                                                                          sporting event, or banquet for 1,000 people, it can be done          of the bay and has a food prep area adjacent to it. An audi-      www.miamiconventioncenter.com)
                                                                          at the Lakeland Center. It has 100,000 square feet of conven-        torium (with two 1,560-square-foot rooms) can be used for         PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
                                                                          tion and exhibitor space, a 2,296-seat theater, and a 10,000-        meetings and seminars. A 10,930-square-foot outdoor ter-          The bi-level center is situated on 19 acres and has a total of
                                                                          seat arena. Aramark, the in-house catering company, can fill         race has a capacity for 350 guests. Planners have the option      350,000 square feet of meeting and event space. It’s conve-
                                                                          any food and beverage order. Groups can also take advan-             of using the in-house caterers Classic Fare Catering or may       niently located within three miles of the Palm Beach
                                                                          tage of the on-site AmeriSuites Hotel, which has 128 guest           hire their own outside vendors. (3000 NE 151st St., North         International Airport. It has 100,000 square feet of exhibit hall
                                                                          rooms plus a meeting room for as many as 50 people.                  Miami; 305.919.5000; wuc.fiu.edu)                                 space capable of holding 500 booths, 19 meeting rooms
                                                                          Groups also receive discounted ticket prices and priority            MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER                                     that total 23,000 square feet, a 25,000 square foot ballroom
        EMERALD COAST CONFERENCE CENTER                                   seating on selected events. (701 West Lime St., Lakeland;            The center spans more than four city blocks and has over          plus a 3,077 square foot outside terrace available as pre-
        Emerald Coast boasts over 35,000 square feet of flexible,         863.834.8100; www.thelakelandcenter.com)                             500,000 square feet of exhibit space on one level that can        function space. The center also has built-in viewing screens
        column-free meeting and exhibit space with cutting edge           ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER                                      also be divided into smaller areas. Separate entrances allow      and telecommunication data and audio capabilities. (650
        equipment and catering services. The 21,500-square-foot           Orlando’s meeting and trade show destination space is 15 min-        self-contained movement of attendees. Exhibit halls can be        Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.366.3000;
        ballroom can sit 1,400 people banquet-style or 2,350              utes away from the Orlando International Airport. It has 2.1 mil-    set up in any configuration, such as banquet, classroom, or       www.palmbeachfl.com/ConventionCenter)
        theater-style. Twelve meeting rooms ranging from 450 to           lion square feet of exhibition space, a 2,643-seat theater, a 160-
        1,800 square feet include telephone lines, high speed             seat lecture hall, 74 meeting rooms, 235 breakout areas, four
        Internet access, and teleconference outlets located through-      business centers, and more. On-site parking and three covered
        out. There are also 4,000 square feet of prefunction and          loading docks are available for added convenience. The center
        registration areas available plus a box office, dressing rooms,   also offers a full range of event and exhibit services. (9800
        and a 6,000-square-foot fully equipped kitchen. (1250             International Drive, Orlando; 800.345.9845; www.occc.net)
        Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach; 850.609.3800;          SIRATA BEACH RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER
        www.destin-fwb.com)                                               Built along the Gulf of Mexico, the center has more than
        HILTON UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA                                      15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space (with 13 sepa-
        CONFERENCE CENTER                                                 rate meeting rooms) and an additional 10,000 square feet of
        The center has 16 options for meeting and convention space        outdoor gardens and beachfront patios. It can accommo-
        for 18 to 700 people. Facilities range from 490 to 6,860          date as many as 550 people banquet-style, 400 seated, and
        square feet. A 1,290-square-foot semi-private dining              300 classroom-style. It’s 30 minutes away from the Tampa
        pavilion and a 1,900-square-foot outdoor dining area can          International Airport. Other amenities include business cen-
        also be rented. Full service catering can be arranged             ter, high speed wireless internet access, and on-site audio
        for any type of event. The resort has 245 rooms and               visual services. Sirata can assist with coordinating themed
        one presidential suite, business center, and restaurant           events, fireworks, golf tournaments, and area fishing or sail-
        on-property. (1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville; 352.371.3600;        ing charters. The resort features 380 rooms and a selection
        www.hilton.com)                                                   of on-property restaurants. (5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach;
        MONTGOMERY PRESBYTERIAN                                           727.363.5100; www.thesirata.com)
        CONFERENCE CENTER                                                 SUNSET HARBOR YACHT CLUB &
        The center is surrounded by natural Florida wildlife. Whether     CONFERENCE CENTER
        it’s a conference, retreat, meeting, reunion, or company          Sunset Harbor has a 3,743-square-foot clubhouse with 14-
        excursion, the center offers seven meeting areas and can          foot-high ceilings for banquets, meetings, or seminars for as
        provide equipment rentals such as projectors, TVs, and a          many as 300 people. It can also be split into three
        copy machine. Two outdoor pavilions (one is equipped with         smaller rooms for smaller functions. Expansive windows on the
        a stage and sound system) are available for larger groups.        second floor offer unobstructed views of the Halifax River. The
        Several lodging options are available, such as a dormitory-       Monte Carlo Suite, a two bedroom/two-and-a-half bath
        style building for as many as 40 people with a full kitchen       accommodation, has been expanded to host business retreats
        stocked with cooking equipment, or nine two-bedroom cab-          for as many as 40 guests. The 480-square-foot Tuscany
        ins with views of the lake. A treehouse is available, and team-   Terrace, with views of the Intracoastal Waterway, is great for
        building programs can also be arranged by the staff. (88 SE       outdoor functions for as many as 32. (861 Ballough Road,
        75th St., Starke; 352.473.4516; www.montgomerycenter.org)         Daytona Beach; 386.947.9900; www.sunsetharboryc.com)
        PRIME F. OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER                                 TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER
        One of Jacksonville’s premier event locations, the center has     The center is located on the water in downtown Tampa and
        265,000 square feet of space for hosting any type of event no     features 600,000 square feet of meeting space with 36 break-
        matter how large or small the guest list. Catering is done        out rooms. A 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall has high ceil-
        in-house at a 5,000-square-foot fully equipped kitchen, capa      ings and concession areas and more than 80,000 square feet
        ble of serving meals for as many as 3,000 guests. It can also     of flexible prefunction space, including a 21,700-square-foot
        accommodate 450 10- by 10-foot booths for trade shows.            registration level. The ballroom holds 4,060 people for gener-
        The facility features six loading docks, 19,000 square feet of    al sessions. Outdoor events can also be held at the Riverwalk,
        pre-function space, a 31,500–square-foot grassy pavilion, two     which overlooks the water and has 14,600 square feet
        executive boardrooms, and a V.I.P. suite, plus parking for as     of space, ideal for evening receptions and banquets. A garden
        many as 860 cars. (1000 Water St., Jacksonville; 904.630.4000;    area, located just outside the convention center, is
        www.jaxevents.com/primeosbornconventioncenter                     available for receptions for 500 people. The outdoor areas
        )                                                                 can accommodate as many as 7,500 people. Aramark is the
        CENTRAL FLORIDA                                                   in-house catering company that can assist with event planning
        CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT &                                         service as well. (333 South Franklin St., Tampa; 813.274.7759;
        CONVENTION CENTER                                                 www.tampagov.net/dept_Convention_Center)
        One of five resorts with convention space, Disney’s
        Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center offers groups         SOUTH FLORIDA
        more than 220,000 square feet of flexible function space. It      BANKUNITED CENTER AT THE
        boasts one of the largest hotel ballrooms in the Southeast,       UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
        an 86,000-square-foot exhibition hall, plenty of pre-function     Situated on the University of Miami campus, this multipur-
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        ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE VENUES
        NORTH FLORIDA                                                       TALLAHASSEE-LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER
        ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE                                             The center has six meeting rooms varying in size from 864 to
        The 10,000-square-foot theater is the oldest of its kind in the     10,836 square feet, which can accommodate 50 to 3,500
        country and has been in the same location since it opened in        people. Some of the rooms can be divided into separate
        1966. It has a 400-seat theater where groups can enjoy a vari-      sections as well. An exhibition hall with 35,000 square feet of
        ety of popular Broadway-style shows and buffet dinner.              space and 22-foot-high ceilings can be set up with as many
        Shows aren’t performed on Monday nights, making the the-            as 250 8- by 10-foot booths for trade shows. Sporting events,
        ater available during the day for presentations, awards cere-       concerts, and other productions can be held in the center’s
        monies, and more. Full audiovisual production services are          18,000-square-foot arena. It has a capacity for 800
        available. (12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville; 904.641.1212;          people banquet-style and 2,000 reception-style. (505 West
        www.alhambradinnertheatre.com)                                      Pensacola St., Tallahassee, 850.487.1691; www.tlccc.org)
        EUROPEAN RALLY & PERFORMANCE
        DRIVING SCHOOL                                                      CENTRAL FLORIDA
        Situated on 430 acres, European Rally can host groups from          CAPONE’S DINNER & SHOW
        12 to 120 people. A team of 16 qualified instructors can help       This interactive musical comedy dinner theater bases its show
        groups take advantage of eight teambuilding activities from         on 1930’s gangland Chicago. The large, open theater space
        go-kart racing, SUV off-road driving, and ATV obstacle cours-       holds 370 people. Classic Italian fare is served, of course,
        es. Three classrooms can host a total of 88 people for              along with some American dishes such as honey roasted ham
        meetings and come equipped with presentation and audio-             and garlic parsley potatoes. Groups of 15 or more are wel-
        visual support, Internet, white boards, TVs, and more. It can       come to celebrate any private event along with its gang of
        also cater lunches and dinners with simple platters or full-serv-   hoodlums and hoofers. (4740 West Irlo Bronson Memorial
        ice buffets. (7266 Airport Road, Starke; 877.872.5593;              Pkwy., Kissimmee; 800.220.8428; www.alcapones.com)
        www.gorally.com)                                                    DAYTONA BEACH BANDSHELL
        PENSACOLA CIVIC CENTER                                              This outdoor performance theater was built in 1943 from
        Open since 1985, the center has a 10,000-seat arena, more           coquina shells. Located on Oceanfront Park, it overlooks the
        than 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, and more than          ocean and is minutes away from the Adam’s Mark Hotel &
        13,000 square feet of meeting space. In 1996, a $2.1 million        Resort. It has a 50- by 30-foot stage with domed ceiling,
        ice plant was added, making it available for events on ice in       making it a great location for festivals and concerts for as
        addition to conventions, seminars, receptions, and other            many as 5,000 people. Two free hours of parking are avail-
        functions. It boasts 11 meeting rooms from 925 to 3,198             able at a nearby garage. (P.O. Box 2451, Daytona Beach;
        square-feet that can host 50 to 300 guests reception-style,         386.671.3421; www.daytonabandshell.com)
        40 to 126 classroom-style, or 80 to 300 theater-style.              DOLLY PARTON’S DIXIE STAMPEDE
                                                                                                                                                  Harriet Himmel Theatre
        Audiovisual equipment rentals are available, and a                  DINNER AND SHOW
        full-service catering staff can plan breakfast buffets, box         Dixie Stampede’s high-energy dinner show features acrobat-
        lunches, dinners, and more. (201 East Gregory St.,                  ic horsemanship, singing, dancing, comedy, and a southern-        (1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando; 407.934.2622;            arena. Events can be held in a separate preshow area, which
        Pensacola; 850.432.7696; www.pensacolaciviccenter.com)              style four-course feast. Two meeting areas can accommodate        www.hob.com)                                                    contains a pirate maritime museum. (6400 Carrier Drive,
        PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATER                                            groups of 50 to 1,000 people, and the staff can arrange ban-      MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT                              Orlando; 407.248.0590; www.piratesdinneradventure.com)
        Located in the city’s historic district, the 474-seat theater       quet service, entertainment, audiovisual equipment, and           All the adventure of jousting knights, sword fights, and        RUTH ECKERD HALL
        has a variety of event spaces to choose from. The 2,030-            more. Discount rates are available. (8251 Vineland Ave.,          damsels in distress is captured in the interactive show at      This space has 5,000 square feet of indoor space, 11,500
        square-foot courtroom—which was still in use 65                     Orlando; 866.443.4943; www.dixiestampede.com)                     Medieval Times. Groups of as many as 1,100 can host events      square feet of terrace space, and banquet and meeting facil-
        years ago—can now be used for meetings for as many                  HOUSE OF BLUES ORLANDO                                            in the theater-style arena and enjoy homemade food. (4510       ities with a capacity for as many as 450 guests reception-style
        250 people. A 984-square-foot atrium seats 130 people               Located in Downtown Disney and minutes from the                   West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee; 407.396.2900;       and 300 seated. The auditorium and stage, with seating for
        and can be rented along with the courtroom if additional            Orange County Convention Center, the 57,000-square-               www.medievaltimes.com)                                          more than 2,000 people, can also be rented. (1111 North
        space is needed. An upstairs boardroom for 30 is ideal for          foot restaurant and entertainment venue has a large col-          PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE                                       McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater; 727.791.7400;
        smaller functions. The event spaces can be rented sepa-             lection of American folk art. Home to the blues and               This venue turns an event into an adventure with its interac-   www.rutheckerdhall.net)
        rately or in combination, based on the size of the group.           Southern-inspired cuisine, it can accommodate from 25 to          tive dinner show featuring pirates and buccaneers. The facil-   STARDUST EVENT CENTER
        (400 South Jefferson St., Pensacola; 850.432.2042;                  3,000 people for events. Its staff offers a full range of serv-   ity resembles an 18th-century Spanish seaport village and       The event center is just that—a 24,000-square-foot area
        www.pensacolalittletheatre.com)                                     ice from audiovisual production to decor and giveways.            can accommodate as many as 750 guests in its theater-style      capable of hosting trade shows, exhibitions, fund-raisers,




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