JAN 2018

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 11 SUPER SPOTS FOR SUMMER EVENTS The Place: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL Why It's A Super Summer Spot: This destination has 32 miles of white-sand beaches, a scenic state park and offers adventures for all ages, from watersports and dolphin cruises to a Civil War-era fort. Whether groups choose to sink their toes in the sand or cruise on kayaks, coastal Alabama is an ideal meeting destination to unwind, reconnect and discover natural treasures. Super Spot: Gulf State Park, home to 6,150 acres of stunning wildlife and natural habitats, has one of the largest fishing piers on the Gulf Coast, more than 27 miles of trails, a nature center, lakes, Segway tours, beach pavil- ion, and two miles of beachfront. Segway tours and kayak and paddleboard rentals within the park help groups capture a true sense of place, take in the area's flora and fauna and get a workout in the process. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a 350-room Hilton hotel with 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, will open in 2019. The Place: Virginia Beach, VA Why It's A Super Summer Spot: Benefitting from its central east coast location, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay and within driving distance of major cities, Virginia Beach has built-in summer event spaces along 35 miles of sandy coastline, state parks and nature trails. Super Spot: The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, which has 15 trails, 21 zip lines and almost 200 challenge bridges, is a great venue for a corporate outing or team building events. The Adventure Forest is the largest forest climbing park in the nation and offers a fun way to interact with co-workers outside of the normal office setting, enhancing cooperation, communication, and group cohesion. Visit Virginia Beach

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