Don’t believe us? Take a look at these amazing Jacksonville business meeting destinations that will blow away guests, in a city that has a sunny disposition all year long.
1. TIAA Bank Field and Daily’s Place
Get this—you can actually have a business meeting at an NFL stadium. Score big by holding your meeting at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and several big annual NCAA football games. You can broadcast your presentations on the world’s largest HDTV video scoreboard, schedule meetings on the field or in the Jaguars’ locker room, enjoy dinner on the patio overlooking the 50-yard line, or check out the stadium’s outdoor swimming pools and luxury suites. You can even go for a two-point conversion by combining your stadium retreat with a trip to the adjacent Daily’s Place, the brand-new amphitheater that doubles as a concert hall and the Jaguars’ practice field.
2. Sweet Pete’s
The sweet spot for offsite events is Jacksonville’s Sweet Pete’s, a candy emporium and factory whose candy-making classes are an irresistible team-building experience. Sweet Pete’s accommodates groups from 10 to 100 and also offers candy-cocktail cooking classes for adults.
Jacksonville’s main library has a pretty magnificent conference center, with spectacular sculptures adorning its lobbies and business or seminar meeting spaces for groups of any size. The conference center’s photogenic beauty makes it a popular wedding event spot, especially on the rooftop courtyard with views of the downtown Jacksonville skyline.
4. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
One of the premier events spaces in Jacksonville is the Cummer Museum, an arts museum and picturesque outdoor garden that offers views of the St. John’s River. But inside, event and occasion rental packages for up to 100 people offer options like an auditorium with a stage and a screen, a grand reception space, an event art gallery, and two tiers of gardens ideal for lunches, dinners and cocktail receptions.
5. Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Home to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a host of other great concerts, the Times-Union Center also makes for a great meeting, dinner or reception space. Onsite catering is available, along with a 20,000-square-foot lobby and a fun Florida riverfront location.
6. Local Craft Breweries
The local legend in Jacksonville is of course the Budweiser Brewery on Busch Drive, and that iconic brewery offers team-building events like beermaster tours and beer schools. But there’s a whole new generation of up-and-coming Jacksonville microbreweries, including Intuition Ale Works and Aardwolf Brewing Company, that will let you hold a meeting in the taproom or on one of their scenic rooftop decks.
Jacksonville has nearly half a million yards of greens and some prestigious courses, including TPC Sawgrass of the Players Championship fame. Many of Jacksonville’s top golf courses are teed right up with turnkey meeting spaces for company meetings and outings, with meal service or cocktail parties on site.
Full of cool attractions under the Florida sun, Jacksonville is an unbeatable River City for hosting conferences and more. So shore up plans to have your next meeting or retreat in Jacksonville, where professional gatherings put business in the front.