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From awe-inspiring nature treks to indulgent foodie experiences,
explore Florida meetings beyond fun in the sun.
Florida is known for having some of the
finest beaches in the world, and groups
meeting here will undoubtedly want to hit
the water and sip mojitos as the sun sets.
For meetings attendees, this brush with
paradise is just the beginning. Whether a
ride on the new LagerHeads cycleboat in
Fort Myers or stargazing on the rooftop
of Miami's recently opened Frost Museum
of Science, in Florida, attendees pick and
choose their paradise.
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When it's time to hit the beach, visiting groups
are drawn to the well-known Miami Beach
and South Beach area. But just a bit further
south in Coconut Grove is a true hidden gem,
Matheson Hammock Park. This 600acre beauty, which is adjacent to Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden, features stands
of hardwood trees called "hammocks," a
man-made atoll pool that fills naturally with tidal
water from Biscayne Bay, and a pavilion that
accommodates up to 75 people. The gardens,
meanwhile, have a variety of event spaces,
from the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan
Arts Center, which can accommodate 200
banquet-style, to the more intimate American
Orchid Society Library, a Low Country-style
space with rich wood floors, wrought-iron
chandeliers and a fireplace.
An exciting new venue is the Phillip
and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
Here, small groups can stargaze on the
rooftop with the guidance of the museum's
astronomy team, and planners can reserve
the 3,800-sf lower level of the aquarium
and dine directly beneath swimming sharks.
Buyouts of the museum are also available
for groups of more than 1,000.
Being dubbed the "Rockefeller Center
of Miami," the SLS Lux Brickell will open