Closely associated with Kissimmee, which is nine miles away, St. Cloud, set on the south shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga, is known as a bass fishing capital and antique haven. A wonderfully refurbished and revitalized downtown area has 15 antique and collectible shops as well as St. Cloud event venues, restaurants, specialty shops and two historic hotels.
St. Cloud is located 28 miles from Orlando International Airport, 22 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 19 miles from Walt Disney World.
While many attendees stay in Kissimmee, which has numerous hotels and resorts, and use St. Cloud as a day trip or spouse program option, there are a few smaller hotel venues in St. Cloud, including the 35-room Polynesian Inn and 23-room Day-Zee Inn.
When off-site special event venues in St. Cloud are desired, the Royal Crest Room at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links has a 4,000-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests for a banquet. For a Florida ranch house setting, the Forever Florida Visitor Center has wood floors, high ceilings with massive wood beams and a large stone fireplace, which can host receptions for 200 or seated meals for up to 150.
Fresh air and eco activities are in order after intensive meetings and the St. Cloud area offers a wide variety of options, including zip lining, airboat tours, guided bass fishing excursions, horseback riding and nature walks. For golfers, the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links is a 27-hole complex inspired by great British courses like St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Turnberry.
The Stone Bridge Tavern and Grill at Royal St. Cloud is a popular group option with a dinner menu dotted with prime cut steaks and fresh seafood. For beautiful lake views, Crabby Bills overlooking St. Cloud Marina, features a great seafood menu and seating for up to 210 for a group meal function.