When your group wants to de-stress from meetings and enjoy
camaraderie with other attendees, the options are fun, plentiful
and unique on the Gulf Coast.
Even though your attendees may not know the difference between
leeward and windward directions, the Offshore Sailing School
( www.offshoresailing.com) of Fort Myers, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island is designed to accommodate novice sailors. Founded by
Olympian and National Sailing Hall of Fame member Steve Colgate,
the program is enjoyable and educational.
“It’s a great opportunity for leadership development or team-
building during the intensive sailing classes,” said Pam Brown,
conference and event manager for the Lee County Visitor and
Convention Bureau, which promotes Fort Myers, Sanibel Island
and Captiva Island. “The school takes place in the sun along some
the most beautiful islands in southwest Florida.”
Each boat is assigned a team of four or five participants with
an expert Offshore Sailing School coach, and each team member
rotates as captain and crew. The courses can be a half day, full
day or multiple days and accommodate groups of up to 30 people
In Pensacola, the National Naval Aviation Museum (www.
navalaviationmuseum.org), one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums
in the United States” has more than 150 restored aircraft and 3D
and HD flight simulators. Museum admission is free and open to
The MaxFlight Simulator allows guests to experience air-to-air
combat and stunt flying, and the HD Motion-Based Simulator is a
fully enclosed capsule where participants can execute horizontal
rolls, longitudinal pitches and vertical climbs.
“As the third-largest aviation museum in the world, we give our
patrons near unfettered access to our artifacts,” said Capt. Sterling
Gilliam USN (ret.), director of the National Naval Aviation Museum.
“Our docents are second to none and do a superlative job relating
the rich 106-year legacy of Naval Aviation.”
Looking for post-meeting pursuits that will raise the enthusiasm level of the agenda? The magnificent Gulf Coast region, with its sugar-white sand and turquoise waters along
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
and Florida, offers groups diverse
meeting destinations and a spectacular
menu of adventure activities.
GULF ADVENTURE CENTER,
ORANGE BEACH, ALA.
ON THE GULF
By Edward Schmidt Jr. Intriguing adventures await along the scenic Southern coast