Use #OnlyinJax Elements to Make Socially-Distanced Meetings Amazing

It’s exciting to see meetings returning to our local venues and hotels, but we know it’s still not the time to return to what we have done in the past.

Now IS the time to take advantage of the uniqueness of a destination and make your socially distanced meetings still feel special. Whether it be moving outside, planning fun safely distanced activities, or taking the group to larger event spaces in the city, social distance doesn’t have to mean bad.

Here in Jacksonville the easiest way to plan a safer meeting is to plan your schedule to include outside events. Jacksonville has some amazing venues with outside decks, rooftops and great lawns perfectly set up to make your guests feel safe while enjoying the events. TIAA Bank Field has not just a Terrace Suites Deck outside their large meeting space, but a pool deck, as well. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, “gardens” being the important word here, are a beautiful, riverfront meetings space for groups of all sizes. The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville offers river deck meeting spaces off many of their meeting rooms, overlooking the St. Johns River and the Main Street Bridge making for a pretty epic backdrop.

Another feature of a meeting in Jax is the spectacular weather. Fall, winter and spring are certainly the most appealing times to be outdoors, offering reasonable temperatures for your attendees. The (mostly) year-round moderate temperatures are a chance to use our outdoor spaces for more than just a few months of the year. Countless venues offer outdoor spaces that are great no matter which month you're meeting in Jax.

Jacksonville is also a very natural place. Surrounded by water and parks there is always an easy way to incorporate some local teambuilding into your meeting. Book a tour on our river taxi, arrange a guided hike on one of our local trails, kayak through a local preserve - there are great local vendors that can offer group trips and can handle the arrangements. Jax River Taxi plans private dolphin tours, river tours, sunset cruises and more, they offer multiple boats if you need them. There aren’t many safer places than the outdoors for your group right now.

There are also plenty of places to spread out in the city. Just booking a larger space than normal could alleviate worries for your attendees. Venues like the Glass Factory offer a glimpse into Jacksonville’s history (yes it really was designed in 1936 as a glass factory for the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company), but also offers 16,000 square feet of customizable space. Another option is Brick & Beam, 2,300 square feet of brick walls and old patchwork showcase its rustic charm. Paired with the venues “Back Porch” outdoor meeting space makes this a good hybrid option for space both indoor and out.

One of Jacksonville’s newest spaces, The Lark, is a beautiful, historic loft in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The restored 1920s venue features wrap-around windows overlooking the picturesque James Weldon Johnson Park. The Lark features over 4,000 square feet of open space, 14-foot ceilings, exposed wooden beams and brick walls, a built-in bar, antique windows and floors, along with an outdoor patio. Another great option for something uniquely Jacksonville while also giving plenty of space to spread out.

Let Visit Jacksonville help make your next meeting special and safe. Contact us today to learn more.

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