Home to the AAA Auto Club world headquarters, the Scholastic Corporation's book fair division and Heathrow, a sprawling master-planned golf course community, Lake Mary is a vibrant business hub that is just 17 miles northeast of downtown Orlando. While Lake Mary event venues tend to serve their community and local corporate clients, the destination may be considered a change of pace for habitual Orlando meeting-goers. Golfers and planners in particular relish the area, which has superb golf courses like Timacuan, Magnolia Plantation, Heathrow and The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes that are available for public play and group functions.
Easy access to Orlando and the Atlantic Ocean beaches (Daytona Beach is 38 miles away) via Interstate-4 also make Lake Mary a viable alternative for groups seeking meeting options beyond the tourist corridor. Lake Mary is 27 miles from Orlando International Airport, 20 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 28 miles from Walt Disney World.
Meeting and conference venues in Lake Mary include the 3,946-square-foot Lake Mary Events Center, in downtown and on the shore of West Crystal Lake. The Center has a grand ballroom with space for 240 for banquets and 300 for theater-style seating, as well as several small meeting rooms.
Hotel venues in Lake Mary include the 304-room Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, with 11,000 square feet of meeting space; the 253-room Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, with 14,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 130-room Hampton Inn Suites Lake Mary at Colonial TownPark, with 2,000 square feet of meeting space.
Group activities include the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, with 400 animals and the Rainforest Pavilion, a covered facility that seats up to 300; and Aiguille Rock Climbing Center, an indoor climbing complex that can accommodate group sizes of 6 to 75 for team building programs.
Lake Mary's dining menu is highlighted by reliable upscale chain options, like Ruth's Chris Steak House, Fishbones and Shula's 347 Grill.