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The vast forested tracts of Central Florida riven
with placid lakes and twisting rivers lined with
Spanish moss are sometimes overlooked by outof-state meeting planners. Many of the counties
surrounding Orlando are home to some of the
oldest tourist attractions in Florida, located
around the state's many beautiful and relatively
undiscovered natural parks.
For example, Ocala in Marion County
northwest of Orlando is attracting a growing
amount of regional groups throughout the
Southeast thanks to places like The Canyons-
Florida's highest, fastest and longest zipline.
Riverboat tours have been plying Silver
Springs since 1870 across pristine water coming
from one of the world's largest artesian spring
formations, producing nearly 550 million gallons
of crystal-clear water daily.
Farm-to-table food has been the norm here
since the beginning of time. Group restaurants
range from upscale establishments in the city to
the region's famous outlying horse farms, many
offering private venue rentals.
Ocala/Marion County is one of only four
major thoroughbred centers in the world, with
450 horse farms that have produced six Kentucky
For meetings and events, Ocala's inventory
of venues host groups up to 4,000 pax. For more
information, contact the Ocala/Marion County
Visitors & Convention Bureau.
group excursions, such as a dinner cruise on the Solaris yacht,
dolphin/sunset cruises on the SunVenture I, chartered ﬁshing
trips, and group standup paddleboarding lessons from YOLO
(You Only Live Once) Board + Beach.
"Visit South Walton gives planners and attendees everything
they need to know about the destination with the Perfect Beach
App," says Watkins. "The free download provides information on
facilities, dining, shopping, activities and much more...Our social
media channels are also active with sweepstakes enticing fans to
interact with us on our various platforms."
South Walton's sugar white sand and turquoise waters have
several new experiences to offer in 2014 such as The Pearl
hotel in Rosemary Beach. Overlooking the picturesque Gulf of
Mexico, the 55-room luxury boutique hotel features beautifully
appointed accommodations, destination worthy cuisine, a
welcoming spa, and plush meeting facilities in the heart of
Northwest Florida's most exclusive seaside community.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa recently
completed a $5 million renovation involving its meeting space,
accommodations and ﬁne-dining restaurant, and it is currently in
the process of a new $12.5 million capital improvement project.
The project includes a complete refurbishing of all 200 Spa Tower
rooms, a redesigned indoor pool and a dramatically enhanced
main lobby experience, giving guests a breathtaking view of the
Gulf of Mexico immediately upon arrival.
ST. AUGUSTINE & PONTE VEDRA
As the oldest city in the nation, St. Augustine is a draw for people
of all ages because of the vibrancy with which the history is
communicated. St. Augustine has over 60 historic buildings and
attractions, many with year-round outdoor dining.
A host of unique venues includes the world famous Fountain
of Youth Archeological Park, which recently constructed an
outdoor covered pavilion. The pavilion accommodates 200 while
the grounds can host 1,000 people.
The Colonial Quarter is a 2-acre living history museum in
the heart of downtown St. Augustine, offering a lively location for
private events. The attraction accommodates up to 500 guests
"The business case for Florida
as a meetings destination is
that the Sunshine State offers a
wide variety of quality property
selections, ease of travel to,
exceptional value year-round,
sunshine and mild weather."
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