“We offer a variety of boutique meeting
venues so participants can engage in the
area’s vast array of undeveloped green
spaces while enjoying the destination’s
sophisticated culinary scene, and shop at
small retail venues,” said Allison McNeal,
director of tourism, Indian River County.
One of the top spots on the list for
meeting professionals is the Vero Beach
Museum of Art, known for its works by
William Wegman and Dale Chihuly. A wide
variety of meeting spaces available for
events include the Holmes Great Hall and
Laura and Bill Buck Atrium. The Holmen
Hall provides space for more intimate
gatherings, and the impressive stage in
the Leonhardt Auditorium is perfect for a
corporate speaking event.
Saved from shopping center developers,
the 18-acre McKee Botanical Garden is on
the National Register of Historic Places.
Filled with native plants, trees, exotic
botanicals and waterfalls, it also boasts the
largest water lily collection in all of Florida.
The 1,800-square-foot Hall of Giants/Span-ish Kitchen can be used for groups of up
to 100 and the Educational Building works
best for groups of 40 to 80. The Greeting
Area, which can accommodate up to 100,
can be used for outdoor group painting
events, yoga and cooking classes.
Audubon House, adjacent to the Oslo
Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian
River County, is a structure that looks
like two birdhouses featuring two giant
round windows in front of each building.
For groups of up to 80, it’s a unique rustic
meeting venue in the middle of a 440-
acre nature preserve. Some of the foliage
surrounding the preserve includes pine
flatwoods and palm hammock. The area
is also home to the University of Florida’s
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory,
next door to Audubon House.
St. Lucie/Ft. Pierce
“We are located near Orlando and Miami
but a lot less crowded,” said Charlotte Bire-
ley, director of tourism and marketing for
Visit St. Lucie. “Our coastal destination off
the beaten path offers a relaxing vibe with
really unique places to meet. We are a great
fit for small meetings.”
Two of the more popular museums
meeting professionals use for special
events, according to Bireley, are the A.E.
Backus Museum & Gallery and the Havert
L. Fenn Center. The Fenn Center can host
receptions, meetings, conferences, exhibits, sporting events and more. With 32,000
square feet of space, planners can choose
from a variety of meeting rooms and a
20,000-square-foot-plus exhibit hall used
for tradeshows, receptions and more.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery,
located in historic downtown Ft. Pierce,
is an 8,000-square-foot public visual arts
facility established in 1960 by American
artist Albert Ernest Backus (1906–1990) and
a group of local art lovers. Open five days
a week from October through mid-June,
the museum features the largest display of
original paintings by Backus. Additional
exhibition wings feature rotating exhibits of
artwork by contemporary artists.
“This is a great venue for a cocktail
reception or gala and can hold about 100
inside and out,” Bireley said.
South of Palm Beach in Delray Beach is
a perfect spot for a retro party with some
original 1981 Ms. Pac-Man video machines,
among others. The Silverball Museum
features more than 150 video games and
pinball machines dating as far back as the
1930s. Its restaurant serves favorites like
pulled-pork sliders, lobster rolls and crab
cakes, and has more than 40 beers on tap.
The best part? All the games are set for free
plays, which means unlimited plays are
included in the price of admission.
This 9,000-square-foot museum also offers classic video games such as Asteroids.
Two floors of pinball machines, arcade
games and even the original Skee-Ball
alleys from New York’s Coney Island Eldorado Arcade await.
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