Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville, boasts the nation’s largest urban park system, 22 miles of beaches, and 1,100 miles of navigable water to go with its stand-out performing arts venues and museums. Meanwhile, secluded Amelia Island is a true retreat just 40 miles north. The barrier island offers quiet beaches as far as the eye can see and an enchanting Victorian seaport village reminiscent of the Gilded Age. Between Jacksonville’s bustling city scene and Amelia Island’s tranquility, the possibilities for corporate events – everything from one-day board meetings to a weeklong retreat – are as vast as the sunny Florida sky.
There’s something universally appealing about convening near water. Not only does the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean border the 13-mile-long barrier island of Amelia Island and Jacksonville’s eastern beach communities, but Florida’s longest stretch of St. John’s River also calls this region home. That means scores of venues with waterfront views, from downtown Jacksonville spaces to Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant on Jacksonville Beach to the amazing rooftop event space at Black Sheep Restaurant. As for Amelia Island (which has ranked among the “Top Ten US Islands” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in past years), you’ll find two waterfront luxury resorts – Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – offering event spaces and rooms with show-stopping ocean views
As the leading DMC (destination management company) in Jacksonville, 360DG knows that the city is a gold mine for corporate event planners looking to host programs in historic venues. A few of the favorites? The Ribault Club at Fort George Island State Park, a former club for Gilded Age tycoons built in 1923; Downtown Fernandina Beach, an enchanting Victorian seaport village home to more than 50 blocks of unique spaces; and Fort Clinch State Park, a Civil War–era fort that is a popular site for meetings and private functions. There’s also the TIAA Bank Field, which brought football to downtown Jacksonville when it was first built in 1927; The Ritz Theatre and Museum, constructed on the site of an old 1929 movie house; and Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, an old train station that was converted into a state-of-the-art convention center.
Whether you’re looking for team-building activities, social bonding experiences for your group, or just ways for attendees to spend downtime in between program events, Jacksonville and Amelia Island run the gamut from parks and peaceful riverfront views to a full range of watersports (surfing, paddleboarding, speed boats). The area is also home to Florida’s richest fishing grounds, where you’ll find both saltwater action and freshwater fun and prized species like Mayport shrimp and black sea bass. Not to mention, Jacksonville and Amelia Island collectively boast more than 1,220 holes of golf, from the three courses at Omni Amelia Island Plantation to Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa’s unparalleled access to TPC Sawgrass.
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