Chuluota (a Creek Indian word, meaning "Land of Lakes and Pines") was originally settled soon after the Civil War. This Seminole County community is surrounded by orange groves and cattle ranches. A country-living ambiance and easy access to the town of Oviedo and Chuluota event venues near the University of Central Florida (UCF) make it appealing.
Chuluota is located 17 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport, 30 miles from Orlando International Airport, 37 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 39 miles from Walt Disney World.
A logistically friendly location near UCF, which is only 8 miles away, gives groups a wealth of hotel venues in Chuluota near the 1,415-acre campus. Among the hotels within a 10-minute drive of Chuluota include the 122-room Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East-UCF, with 1,200 square feet of meeting space; the 197-room Holiday Inn Orlando-University of Central Florida, with 4,220 square feet of meeting space; and the 149-room Radisson Hotel Orlando-UCF, with 5,800 square feet of meeting space.
Special event venues in Chuluota are plentiful at UCF, which has an impressive selection of large and small group options. The 10,000-seat UCF Arena has an arena configuration for large events and “The Venue,” a 1,800-seat theater. A 30,000-square-foot outdoor plaza directly in front of the arena is suitable for events for up to 2,000 people. The multi-faceted UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center has 10,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 4,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom with a capacity for up to 300 people for a reception.
Popular activities after meetings encompass outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, and fishing, shopping at Oviedo Mall, a single-story shopping mall with a 22-screen movie theater and anchor stores like Macy's and Dillard's; and attending sports and theater events at UCF.
Dining options are plentiful in nearby communities like Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, and Winter Park with upscale possibilities such as Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Seasons 52, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse.