February 01, 2017

While traditional ballrooms are still an excellent option, such as the Broward County Convention Center, there are many unique alternatives to host an event in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Atmosphere can be everything when you want to inspire a group. So consider planning your next meeting in an authentic venue that is unexpected - and unforgettable. This destination is known for its lighter, brighter side of meetings after all. 

Hotels are stepping out

More and more, upscale properties are offering hotel pool cabanas and other outdoor areas to create non-traditional exhibit and tradeshow spaces. And when you add the soothing waves and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, it's easy to add inspiration to the agenda. "Who doesn't like networking by the pool, and cabanas are perfectly outfitted for a unique way to conduct business in a resort atmosphere." - Carmen Beltran, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach

The Gallery of Amazing Things


From amazing to artsy
The unique venue event scene is emerging indoors as well. For example, the Gallery of Amazing Things features 40,000 square feet of space adorned with a stunning collection of art from around the world. Attendees can mingle amidst sculptures, monumental crystals, 50 million year old fossils, and a chandelier that is home to 300 porcelain fairies. "The Gallery's warehouse-style space on the first floor allows clients to create and event with individual style while enjoying the unique backdrops of the collection rooms enjoyed by attendees throughout the event." - Gaetana Wurtzel, Event Sales. Planners can create their own vision, and the Gallery's award-winning event planning team will help bring it to life.

Flagler Arts Technology (F.A.T.) Village district in downtown Fort Lauderdale is an urban oasis of creativity and studios, containing "The Projects" - a 10,000-square-foot warehouse space with a blank canvas allowing planners to dream up one-of-a-kind experiences. Rhythm & Vine in F.A.T. Village is where groups want to be for a cool backyard experience in an eclectic atmosphere of indie cool. Hipster meetings? You bet.

Rhythm & Vine in F.A.T. Village

Additional off-script venues in Greater Fort Lauderdale include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, where events can happen on stage; the NSU Art Museum, offering group art classes and exquisite space; and the Miramar Cultural Center with an 800-seat theater and botanical gardens.


The Grand Floridian Charter One Yacht Charters

Changing up the scenery
Of course, meetings always shine with yacht charters along the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether planners choose to be outdoors, indoors, or on top of the water, you can stay on budget and still be successful in Greater Fort Lauderdale. "Our cruise on the IntraCoastal waterway was the highlight of our agenda. The views of the houses and yachts, along with the weather was the perfect finish to our meeting."  -Alicia Evanko, Northstar Media Group

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