Top 6 Reasons to Plan Your Next Meeting in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ready to explore a new destination for your upcoming meeting? Here in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you’ll find unique venues for a successful event; a vibrant beach scene filled with sunshine; and plenty of pre- and post-conference activities for your attendees and their families, too. Known as the “Venice of America,” Greater Fort Lauderdale has 300+ miles of inland waterways to play, dine and have a prosperous meeting.
Check out these six reasons to have your next meeting in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Sized to Host Any Meetings
Greater Fort Lauderdale’s value, convenience and easy access only simplify the planning process and execution for you.
With your choice of more than 3,000 hotel rooms within a 1.5-mile radius of the LEED Certified Broward County Convention Center, the facility features 200,000 feet of exhibit space and 200,000 square feet of meeting and event space along Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront. The Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport—serving as South Florida’s low fare airport— the cruise port and Broward County Convention Center are each minutes from downtown, making it an easy commute for your attendees traveling from out of town.
Great Eats and Great Views
From culinary classes to wine and craft beer tastings to food tours and luxury dining, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s food scene offers a variety of delectable eats for every appetite. Whether it’s a night out networking or finding a restaurant for an important business dinner, take advantage of the food series “Crave GFL” on the Hello Sunny TV Network to learn about the latest hot spots in the area.
The excitement doesn’t end when the meetings are done. Let us help you plan the perfect networking event and create pre- and post-conference itineraries for your attendees too.
If your attendees are art lovers, they’ll want to explore the numerous art walks in the area, each with their own unique charm. The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk, Market & Mural Tour is the third Saturday of each month. A self-guided walking tour showcasing unique, vintage and handmade artworks available for purchase. The Island City Art Walk in Wilton Manors is the third Friday of each month, where you and your attendees can enjoy a night of live music and art. And the East Village Uncorked art and wine event is the first Friday of each month in Pompano Beach, with art on display from local artists and free wine tastings from local merchants.
The Flagler Arts and Technology Village (more commonly known as FAT Village), in downtown Fort Lauderdale, has become a magnet for emerging artists, galleries and performers in fashion and film. Nestled along local performing art centers, this artistic neighborhood has quickly influenced the hip scene of the downtown area. After a meeting, spend an hour or two roaming the neighborhood to see Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic culture.
B Ocean Resort’s world-famous Wreck Bar Mermaid Show is a fascinating performance your attendees will remember. Shows are held every Friday and Saturday evening with an additional late-night showing of the Aqua Burlesque Show for guests 21 and up. Thursday nights feature the Aquamen! Dine on fresh seafood and enjoy the show from your tableside porthole window; this is an experience you can’t get anywhere else!
If you need to find the perfect souvenir or trendy accessory to bring back home, Greater Fort Lauderdale's "style mile," along Las Olas Boulevard, is the place to go. You’ll also want to save plenty of time for browsing at Sawgrass Mills; it’s the largest outlet and retail-shopping destination in the United States. You can even shop via a water taxi at Galleria Fort Lauderdale or from the comfort of your hotel room by ordering custom Hello Sunny branded gifts and apparel.
Once you’re done shopping, indulge in a lavish spa experience at one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s spas. From a hot stone massage to a bamboo massage overlooking the waterways to a well-deserved manicure and pedicure, pamper yourself and let go.
After some relaxation, get out and experience the city’s bustling nightlife. From blackjack to slot machines, you’ll find plenty of gaming opportunities here. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features 2,500 Vegas-style slot machines, high-limit rooms for table games and even a nonsmoking section in the casino. If your attendees are race fans, they’ll want to place their bets on live horse racing at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.
Bring the Family to Enjoy the Sunshine
Encourage your attendees to bring their families along to experience Greater Fort Lauderdale and stay a little longer. With 24 miles of beaches and eight distinct beach towns, each with their own vibe, there’s plenty of sunshine and surf to be seen in the area.
Take advantage of the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi and cruise the area’s waterways; it’s the perfect way to see the sights! This “trolley on the water” has 15 pickup/drop-off spots throughout Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. The tickets are valid for discounts at more than 60 Cruise & Save partner shops, restaurants and attractions.
For more shopping opportunities, explore the Las Olas neighborhood known to locals as the “Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale.” This area is filled with great shopping and dining hot spots like the three-hour Taste of Las Olas Food Tours. You’ll learn the history of the area and make stops at six locations featuring international cuisines at some of the area’s most upscale restaurants.
For an adventurous outing, explore the wildlife and outdoors on an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades. Keep an eye out for alligators, birds, turtles and more during the one-hour tour through the waterways. Throughout the guided tour, guests will learn about the local ecosystem and stories of the area’s first settlers—all while exploring the marshes and swamps of the Everglades.
Think Outside the Box for Meeting Venues
When you plan an event in Greater Fort Lauderdale, remember some of the unique venues are actually on the water. That’s right. Plan your next board meeting or networking event onboard a boat or yacht and cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway for ultimate views of the area.
Back on land, the popular Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum, perfect for banquet-style events, has 30,000-sq.-ft. in its classic cars showroom, including a rare $2 million Rolls Royce from the 1930s. For a festive night, surround your attendees with tiki huts and waterfalls at the tropical Bamboo Gallery, ideal for outdoor galas, banquet-style events or networking receptions.
For the latest news and openings, check out What’s New in Greater Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. From restaurant openings to new meeting spaces, we are ready to help you find the perfect fit for your group.
Work Together With Your Own Meeting Concierge
You can count on the support of your personal meeting concierge in the days before, during and after your event. As part of working with our sales team, you are paired with a highly visible, proactive liaison to immediately address any of your needs. From last-minute changes to coordinating and interacting with hotel staff, the concierge is considered the direct contact for any event needs.
Ready to plan your next meeting in Greater Fort Lauderdale? Contact our sales team or submit an RFP and let us help you plan a successful meeting that includes unique venues, great dining options, personalized services and plenty of sunshine.