Located in the picturesque mid-south region of Arkansas, Pine Bluff is surrounded by the scenic pine trees after which it is named. As the seventh-most-populous city in the state and a hub for industry and trade, Pine Bluff is also known by many as the capital of southeast Arkansas. Pine Bluff event venues include several meeting hotels, a range of historical and outdoor event venues and the largest meeting facility in southeast Arkansas.
Groups flying into Pine Bluff arrive at Little Rock National Airport (LIT), which is served by American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways Express. LIT is approximately 37 minutes from Pine Bluff.
The Pine Bluff Convention Center is one of the largest in the state, offering a state-of-the-art arena and spacious banquet hall. Popular for everything from basketball games to rodeos, the 8,500-seat arena encompasses 22,984 square feet and can be arranged to hold 2,500 people for banquets or 1,296 people classroom-style. Its 14,400-square-foot banquet hall can accommodate up to 2,000 guests and is divisible into four spaces. The convention center is also connected to the Ramada Plaza Hotel Pine Bluff, which features 200 rooms in addition to 11 meeting and banquet rooms.
Hotel venues in Pine Bluff that offer meeting space include the Holiday Inn Express Pine Bluff/Pines Mall, which has a 600-square-foot meeting room for 50 guests. The Red Roof Inn Pine Bluff is a clean, friendly venue with a private meeting room, 24-hour business center and professional amenities such as high-speed Internet in all guest rooms and complimentary Continental breakfast. The 80-room Hampton Inn & Suites Pine Bluff, Days Inn & Suites Pine Bluff and newly renovated, 91-room La Quinta Inn & Suites Pine Bluff all offer meeting rooms.
Pine Bluff's recently revitalized downtown is brimming with historical landmarks and captivating museums that double as great special event venues. Among the many Pine Bluff event venues are galleries and exhibitions that explore the art and life of Arkansas and the South; these include the 22,000-square-foot Arkansas Arts & Science Center, which has four galleries, a 232-seat theater and classrooms for private event rental. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum is home to Civil War artifacts, Victorian furniture and antique farming tools, making it a unique backdrop for meetings, dinners and ceremonies. The museum's 11,600-square-foot Brick Room can host 50 seated guests or up to 70 guests for receptions.
Since the city is known for its recreational opportunities (even being tagged the "Bass Capital of the World"), it wouldn't be right to visit Pine Bluff and not enjoy its scenery. Groups can find many ways to take advantage of the outdoor activities and warm climate of the area. Visit the Harbor Oaks Golf Course, a stop on the Natural State Golf Trail, and take advantage of its spacious conference center that seats up to 600 guests. Located on Lake Langhofer in Regional Park, the Lakeview Amphitheater hosts the city's Summer of Live Concert Series and can host private events for up to 4,500 people. Opened in 2007, Saracen Landing at Lake Saracen is a scenic spot for outdoor events. This covered pavilion over the water has 10,080 square feet of event space as well as a conference room.
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