Whether it’s politicians implementing the state’s policies, statewide associations addressing items of interest to industry groups or friends gathering for a reunion, Tallahassee thinks big in a small way.
Located along Florida’s northern I-10 corridor, Tallahassee provides easy access from major southeast metropolitan cities. Additionally, the Tallahassee Regional Airport is served by four airlines including, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and U.S. Airways Express, with direct flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and Washington D.C.
With 6,000 hotel rooms and 414,000 sq. ft. of meeting space – the city boasts a centuries old tradition in hosting significant meetings. In 1539 Hernando de Soto established his winter encampment here and celebrated the first Christmas in North America, then an 1824 meeting officially declared Tallahassee the state’s capital.
Given the area’s rich history, it’s little surprise that many meetings gravitate to the area’s unique venues like a reconstructed 16th Century Spanish mission or one of the region’s finest antebellum plantation homes.
At Mission San Luis, contemporary conveniences blend with remnants of a 16th century community where Appalachee Indians and Spanish colonists lived together in the western capital of 100 missions established in Florida. A 24,000 sq. ft. visitor center, offers five different meeting rooms with spaces for up to 250 people, catering facilities and a theater.
Cradled in a backdrop of the city’s plantation era, Goodwood Museum & Gardens reflects a time of economic prosperity, featuring the oldest fresco ceilings. The Goodwood property presents several space options, including the Jubilee Cottage ideal for corporate retreats, the Laundry Cottage appropriately sized for board and staff meetings, and the Carriage House, with seating for up to 280.
The Turnbull Conference Center at Florida State University (FSU) integrates the latest meeting technology – including video walls, multicasting and LCD screens – with comprehensive conference services and more than 47,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The conference center includes a 400-seat auditorium, dining room, catering kitchen and nine additional breakout rooms for 30 to 400 attendees.
History of another kind – focusing on hot rods and rare automobiles – revs up meetings at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. With more than 20,000 sq. ft. of function space over three banquet rooms, the museum provides a distinctively memorable experience with its vehicles including the horse-drawn hearse that carried President Lincoln and Batmobiles from both “Batman Returns” and “Batman Forever” movies among other collectables.
The FSU Alumni Center offers rooms and space for events of many sizes. With more than 6,000 sq. ft. of space throughout four different rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, Cottrell Conference Room, Pearl Tyner House and the Rendina Room, the Alumni Center blends a meeting’s needs and conveniences with the tradition of the university.
Sitting stately atop Doak Campbell Stadium on the FSU campus is the University Center Club, a 64,000 sq. ft. function space covering three floors. The grand ballroom and two outdoor decks overlook Bobby Bowden Field.
For larger meetings and events, the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center – situated on 22 downtown acres – provides 69,000 sq. ft. of convention space accommodating up to 1,200 guests. A 40,000 sq. ft. outdoor plaza accommodates larger groups.
Not only do Tallahassee’s downtown hotels offer accommodations for groups, but they also provide the convenience of business and group function space near downtown attractions. Tallahassee’s only LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Downtown, offers 17,100 sq. ft. of business meeting space and exterior pre-function event space.
Hotel Duval – near the heart of downtown and the capitol – boasts fashionable yet functional meeting space. Accommodating groups up to 300, the hotel offers eight event rooms, including the rooftop ballroom with an open-air pre-function space. Also, located downtown, The Doubletree offers 15,000 sq. ft. of space.
Tallahassee accommodations range from inns and restored bed and breakfasts with a historic touch, to boutique hotels and familiar corporate properties. Eclectic dining, burgeoning nightlife, adventurous outdoor excursions, a broad spectrum of visual and performing arts and the area’s deep heritage provide plenty of options for after event activities.
About Visit Tallahassee
Visit Tallahassee is the official tourism marketing organization for Tallahassee and Leon County Florida, operating as a department of Leon County Government. Visit Tallahassee promotes tourism to the area through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film, product development and visitor services. For more information, visit www.VisitTallahassee.com.