The 6 Best Flexible Indoor-Outdoor Meeting Venues in Jacksonville, Florida
Don’t let the cold-weather blues stop you from putting on a first-class event. Winter is a perfect time to meet in Jacksonville. With highs in the 60s and mostly sunny days, outdoor options are plentiful and practical. Spacious coastlines and a downtown spread out around the St. Johns River make it seem less crowded for groups.
If you're looking to host a wintertime event where attendees feel safe and comfortable, here are six customizable indoor-outdoor venues in Jacksonville where your attendees will be wowed by your out-of-the-box site selection skills.
1. Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens
There's plenty of room to spread out at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. Consider hosting your entire event in the museum’s spacious gardens overlooking the St. Johns River. Even in winter, the grounds overflow with blooming azaleas, stately oaks and native wildflowers.
The opportunities for customizing the Cummer Museum are endless. Plan an early morning yoga session on its riverbank—or a networking party in the Tuscany-inspired Italian Garden, regarded by many as the Cummer’s crown jewel. The museum’s 2 1/2-acre backyard can also accommodate events like Champagne picnics, workshops and seminars. At night, treat your guests to one of the museum’s Illuminating Nature preview parties. As the sun sets, the gardens come alive with dazzling light effects, live bands and custom sculpture displays.
The museum’s event team will help you make the grounds uniquely yours, including creating a custom menu from Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, the site’s exclusive caterer.
2. TIAA Bank Field
Host a one-of-a-kind event on the end zone of Daily's Place, a covered stadium that can accommodate outdoor parties of more than 5,000 people. With its NFL stadium regulation-size football field, auxiliary practice spaces and airplane hangar-style doors, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative while keeping airflow and comfort in mind.
The grounds can be transformed into an amphitheater perfect for conferences, keynotes and lectures. Advanced audiovisual equipment and lighting ensure the best experience for the audience, while multiple dressing rooms and private backstage lounges make every presenter feel like a VIP. The expansive grounds can also be modified for festivals and trade shows, and the stadium’s terraces can be customized for smaller events.
Whether you’re hosting a community party on TIAA Bank Field or a town hall seminar on the Daily's Place stage, the stadium’s creative team can help you plan an event that gets attendees cheering for more.
3. Jacksonville River Front Plaza
If you can imagine it, our team can bring it to life at newly created riverfront location. Once a bustling riverfront marketplace, this 1/8-acre site is currently available for events while it’s being rezoned. You’ll find a green, lush, and spacious lawn, with stunning river views (maybe even a Dolphin sighting). It’s a blank slate that can be easily customized for your next large-scale exhibitor event, concert or festival.
Let our team help bring your vision to life. In addition to site-planning services, we can also help you acquire the tables, chairs, tents and other amenities to make your event a reality.
4. One Ocean Resort & Spa
One Ocean Resort & Spa offers a variety of options for meetings and events of any size. Whether you’re hosting a small collaboration meeting or a larger conference for 500, this luxury resort has the amenities you need to ensure it’s as memorable as it is productive.
The award-winning oceanfront resort offers more than 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. Host a business meeting on the beach followed by a bonfire under the stars. Ocean front patios also provide the perfect backdrop for breakout events and executive dinners.
The on-site catering team is ready to deliver everything from inspirational coffee breaks to full-service fine dining experiences. Located just steps from the resort is the Beaches Town Center offering 25 + local restaurants, shops and entertainment options. Perfect for group dine arounds and outings.
The resort offers flexible group room rates and additional perks based on the number of nights booked. Choose from extras like complimentary spa visits, discounted AV services and gift certificates for a free future stay (exclusions and blackout dates apply).
5. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Located on the St. Johns River within walking distance of downtown Jacksonville, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront offers spectacular views and easy access to the city’s most popular amenities.
In addition to more than two dozen meeting rooms, the hotel’s river deck balconies also offer planners more than 20,000 square feet of customizable outdoor event space. Take your pick from three waterfront terraces, each ranging in size from 4,320 square feet to 9,600 square feet. All river deck balconies offer extraordinary views of downtown, the Main Street Bridge and the St. Johns River.
As your guests enjoy the river breeze and gorgeous winter weather, you’ll also have the option of treating them to Hyatt’s Personal Preference Dining experience. This exclusive program gives each diner the flexibility to choose from four main courses, each accompanied by a starter, a salad and handcrafted desserts from the hotel’s pastry kitchen. This allows meeting planners to satisfy every guests’ tastes and dining requests.
6. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – 121 Financial Ballpark
Take your attendees out to the ballgame at Jacksonville's 121 Financial Ballpark. With its brick facades and outfield grass seating, this charming stadium was modeled after the country’s early baseball parks. But don’t let the historic details fool you. The 121 Financial Ballpark is one of the top minor league arenas in North America. You’ll find everything you need to host a world-class event, whether you want to reserve the field, private suites, the stands or the entire stadium.
The ballpark’s 9-acre site offers plenty of outdoor space for meeting and mingling. The 112,000-sq.-ft. field can be customized to easily support large trade shows or conferences. The stands, which normally hold more than 10,000 people, can also be divided into smaller meeting spaces perfect for teambuilding or reunions. And then, of course, there’s the food. Your guests will find way more than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks at the ballpark’s famous concession stands. There are also luxury amenities in the stadium’s skyboxes, sky decks and on-site kitchen.
No matter which venue you choose, ask about the Visit Jacksonville CVB grant program. We may be able to help offset the costs of your next indoor-outdoor event, including facility rental, catering, audio visual, transportation or lodging.