Inspire others as nature inspires you in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Hold your next gathering at one of Good Morning America’s “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places,” which offers breathtaking settings for meetings, family-friendly entertainment venues and delightful dining options.
The Emerald Coast Convention Center is a state-of-the-art meetings and events venue just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here you’ll find an experienced, professional team praised for making faith-based events harmonious. The center features 35,000 total sq. ft. of multi-use meeting space, situated among more than 13,000 accommodation options. Choose from all your favorite hotels, luxury beach condos, and quaint bed and breakfasts.
Everything under the sun
In the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, you can go full throttle or unfurl your sail and just go where the wind blows you. You can do it all, or you can claim your stretch of sugar-white sand and commune with nature.
Comprised of Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Heart of Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast offers 24 miles of pristine white-sand beaches stretching along the Gulf of Mexico. This sand, made up of pure Appalachian quartz, is sugar-white and gives the waters here their trademark emerald-green color by reflecting sunlight back up through the surf.
USA TODAY named this area a “Top Beach in the U.S.”, but there’s more to do here than check out the scenery. Jet Skiing, parasailing, kite boarding, surfing, waterskiing, sailing, snorkeling…you can do it all here. Don’t leave without spending a few days on Crab Island, a favorite spot among locals.
The 100-fathom curve draws nearer to Destin than to any other spot on the Gulf Coast, making the area among the top five destinations in the world for shelling. The deep water here also attracts one of the widest arrays of marine life in Florida. Come explore artificial reefs, wrecks and a limestone shelf at depths of up to 90 feet. Many local dive shops offer lessons, certification classes and a variety of excursion itineraries.
Do members of your group love to fish? You’ll find some of the best fishing Florida has to offer at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Destin isn’t known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village” for nothing. Anglers come from near and far to hook sailfish, marlin, wahoo, cobia, bluefish, tarpon, mackerel and more.
Of course, where there is great fishing there are usually great seafood restaurants. Here, you’ll find cuisine that is both inventive and fresh, brought in daily by Florida’s largest fishing fleet.
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast is also home to several world-class attractions. Come feed live alligators at Gator Beach. Take in a show at Florida’s Gulfarium, the world’s oldest continuously operating live marine show. Adventures offered here include swimming with dolphins! And speaking of dolphins, dolphin-watching cruises are very 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 is also home to entertainment complexes with mini golf, water parks, bungee jumping, bumper cars, go-kart tracks and more.
Discover the rich history of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” at the Destin History and Fishing Museum which features a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels, plus vintage photographs of early Destin settlers, boat captains and their boats, beach scenes, businesses, and much more. The museum gives visitors an idea of life in Destin before the arrival of electiricity in the 1930’s. Or discover adventure in the sky at the Air Force Armament Museum where you can experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today’s high-tech planes and bombs. Inside, you’ll find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays with vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird, on display outside.
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. Whether skirting the sugar-white sand beaches or wandering through a grove of live oak pine, and tropical vegetation, you’ll have a great time golfing at our eight championship golf courses and country clubs.
If shopping is your passion, you won’t be disappointed either. Take your pick from traditional malls, open-air complexes and distinctive boutiques. Are you a collector? The area’s natural beauty and charm have formed a haven for artists of all kinds, so this is a great place to find a one-of-kind souvenir.
Make your faith-based event a day at the beach
Everything you need for your event to succeed is just a shell’s throw away from the beach at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. A jewel on the coast, the center provides 12 distinct meeting rooms, ranging from 450 to 10,800 sq. ft., combined to create a 21,000 sq. ft. free expanse Emerald Grand Ballroom. All spaces can be configured to optimize your event experience.
State-of-the-art equipment. Expert catering. An energetic team committed to going the extra mile to offer extras you won’t find at other venues. Find out for yourself why the Emerald Coast Convention Center was voted one of the Florida’s Favorite Meeting Venues by the readers of ConventionSouth magazine.
Our goals are your goals
You’ll find Southern hospitality alive and thriving here in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, where responsive service, desire to help you succeed and attention to detail are points of pride for every member of our team. From the smallest task to the big picture, our goal is to always exceed your expectations.