Opener 3/20/06 6:02 PM Page 13 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 To search for venues in specific cities, go to BiZBash.com/fla bizbash.com/fla april/may 2006 13 Activities 3/20/06 4:51 PM Page 14 THE BIZBASHFLA GUIDE TO VENUES 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 There's Only One Choice... Want more information on our advertisers? 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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) Bars/Clubs 3/20/06 4:53 PM Page 16 THE BIZBASHFLA GUIDE TO VENUES BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS 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 Bars/Clubs 3/22/06 9:31 AM Page 17 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- Suite 13321 NE 17th Ave. · N. Miami, FL 33181 Ph: 305-899-9117 · Fax: 305-899-9119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecateringmill.com Boat&Yachts 3/20/06 6:07 PM Page 18 THE BIZBASHFLA GUIDE TO VENUES 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- Conv&Conf 3/20/06 5:08 PM Page 19 THE BIZBASHFLA GUIDE TO VENUES 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- ENT & PERF 3/20/06 5:11 PM Page 20 THE BIZBASHFLA GUIDE TO VENUES 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, Catering, TooJay’s Style. 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