Situated 11 miles north of downtown Orlando, Altamonte Springs is a bustling suburb; it is favored by residents and visitors who relish easy commutes to downtown, the tourist corridor and Atlantic Coast beaches via Interstate-4. While Altamonte Springs event venues cater mostly to the local community, groups may enjoy their laid-back atmosphere.
Altamonte Springs is located 20 miles from Orlando International Airport, 16 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 19 miles from Walt Disney World. The beaches at New Smyrna Beach are 45 miles away.
Hotel venues in Altamonte Springs are in the 100 to 300-room range, and all are situated near shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. Among the largest are the 311-room Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, with 19,000 square feet of meeting space; the 277-room Embassy Suites Orlando-North, with 7,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 262-room Howard Johnson Plaza Altamonte Springs Orlando North, with 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
The main place to find special event venues in Altamonte Springs is Uptown Altamonte, a master-planned development at Cranes Roost Park (surrounding Cranes Roost Lake). A 45-acre park with a European-style plaza, it features a one-mile continuous walkway; and Eddie Rose Amphitheater, which has seating for 1,200, open space for more seating and a floating stage.
For relaxation and recreation, group favorites include the Altamonte Mall, a sprawling complex with an 18-screen movie theater, anchor stores like Macy's and Dillard's, designer shops and a food court; and Wekiva Springs State Park, a 7,000-acre wonderland of natural wilderness areas, springs for swimming and bicycling, hiking and horseback riding trails.
Major chain restaurants like Carrabba's and Longhorn Steakhouse dot Altamonte Springs' landscape; but there is also Maison & Jardin, a gourmet mainstay since 1958; and Seasons 52, where fresh grilled fare and an extensive wine list will appeal to groups.