Named the #1 Best Florida Beach by U.S News & World Report, the Heart of Florida's Emerald Coast offers 24 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green water, 13,000 accommodation options and dozens of world-class attractions -all just a shell's throw away from the state-of-the- art Emerald Coast Convention Center. Your teams and athletes will feel they have the home-field advantage when they play their next tournament or competition in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island - the Heart of Florida's Emerald Coast. What To Do Between Events Parasailing, kiteboarding, surfing, waterskiing, sailing and snorkeling ... between sporting events, you can do it all here or you can kick back and do nothing at all. Love to fish? You'll find some of the best fishing Florida has to offer on the Emerald Coast. (Destin isn't known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" for nothing.) Anglers come from near and far to hook redfish, grouper, marlin, wahoo, cobia, bluefish, tarpon, mackerel and more. Of course, where there is great fishing there are usually great seafood restaurants, and the Emerald Coast is no exception. Come discover what Gulf-to-Table cuisine is all about. Dine on seafood brought in daily by Florida's largest fishing fleet. Many Gulf-to-Table restaurants will even cook your catch for you. The Heart of Florida's Emerald Coast is also home to several world-class attractions. Take in a show at Florida's Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the world's oldest continuously operating live marine show. Speaking of dolphins, dolphin-watching cruises are popular here, as are pirate cruises. Grab your mateys and head out for adventure on the high seas. The Heart of Florida's Emerald Coast also offers entertainment complexes with mini golf, water parks, bungee jumping, bumper cars and go-kart tracks. Have golfers in your group? Sunny skies, coastal breezes and lush landscapes make the Emerald Coast a paradise for golfers of all skill levels, all year long. If shopping is your passion, you won't be disappointed either. Take your pick from traditional malls, open-air complexes and distinctive boutiques. Emerald Hosting The Emerald Coast area offers several facilities of various sizes designed and outfitted to accommodate your participants and spectators comfortably. The Emerald Coast Convention Center The Emerald Coast Convention Center provides 12 rooms that range from a cozy 450 square feet to over 10,000 square feet. If you need more room, these areas can be combined to create the 21,000-square-foot Emerald Grand Ballroom. Depending on configuration and room rental, up to 2,400 can attend your event. All meeting areas come with Wi-Fi access, dressing rooms, parking, and an on-site event coordinator and staff. Catering by Aramark is available. Bayview Plaza With 30,000 square feet open to Florida sunshine, the Emerald Coast Convention Center's outdoor venue, Bayview Plaza, is big enough to host your next athletic event. Multiple configuration options are available to meet your specific event needs. Audio/video, lighting and staging equipment are available. Like other areas within the Convention Center, Bayview Plaza is a place where guests can expect full amenities, including parking, restrooms, and on-site event assistance. Tents are available in case of rain. Morgan Sports Center Since 2000, Destin's Morgan Sports Center has hosted adult softball and flag football games, Little League baseball, youth soccer and adult soccer. Among its facilities, groups will find four regulation softball fields, two Little League baseball fields, three soccer fields and a sand volleyball court. Other amenities include on-site parking, restrooms, a concessions area, a playground and walking paths. The Ft. Walton Beach Tennis Center The 12 hard-surface outdoor courts that make up the Ft. Walton Beach Tennis Center host all kinds of racquet-related fun, including team tennis, community tournaments, drop-in games, round robins, ladders and USTA tournaments. Lighted courts make nighttime play an option, and on-site restrooms and a pro shop make it convenient to play till all hours. Fred B. Hedrick Recreational Complex The Emerald Coast is proud to host events at the brandnew, 8.5-million-dollar, state-of-the-art Fred B. Hedrick Recreational Complex. This 30,000+ square-foot multiuse facility, accompanied by a 10-field athletic complex, will host national and regional sports travel Associations, including many youth and adult baseball and softball championships. What's more, it is home to the Emerald Coast Lightning Lacrosse League. Start Planning Your Next Event Find out for yourself why the Emerald Coast was named a "Top Place to Visit" by National Geographic and one of USA TODA Y's "Top Beaches in the U.S." Start planning today at www.emeraldcoastfl.com/groups-meetings.
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