Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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May 2017 17 SQUARE FEET OF MEETING SPACE 5,600 meetings and conventions a year. 8,000 guest rooms. 90,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. No matter how you break down the numbers, Wisconsin Dells is one of the Midwest's top areas for your meeting or convention. With enough space for groups large and small, personalized planning, state-of-the-art facilities, and 16+ million gallons of fun in dozens of indoor and outdoor waterparks, there's no reason business and pleasure can't mix. no r ea so n bu si ne ss and MEETINGS THAT ATTRACT ANY CROWD. | | (888) 339-3822, ext. 345 encounter wildlife aboard a whale- or dolphin-watching cruise. For visitors strolling down the boardwalk, it is impossible to miss the city's iconic, 34-foot King Neptune statue. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center immerses visitors in an aquatic adventure with 800,000 gallons of marine animal exhib- its. The aquarium connects to the Adventure Park Ropes Course and Zipline, which accommodates all skill levels. "You can be a Navy SEAL or a family of four and still really enjoy some time out climbing," said Bertka. During colder seasons, families can take advantage of the iFly indoor sky-diving facility or play one of the numerous games available inside Topgolf's three-level golf and entertainment center. "You don't have to be here from June to August," said Bertka. "You can come year-round and have plenty to do when you're not in your meeting." Colorado Springs, Colorado The breathtaking mountain vistas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but meeting groups will find plenty of other features to appreciate about the region. "We have more than 55 attractions," said Chelsy Offutt, director of communications at Visit Colorado Springs, "so there's certainly enough to keep everyone busy and satisfied." Known as Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs is home to one of three Olympic training facilities in the United States. Groups can sched- ule a VIP tour of the building, host an after-hours event on the prop- erty or even dine with one of the athletes on occasion. "It's a great way to go behind the scenes of Olympic hopefuls," said Offutt. "You get this great sense of patriotic pride." After meetings, families can take advantage of the water park inside the Great Wolf Lodge, which opened last January, as well as the indoor pool in the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center. In addition to event space, the four-diamond Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers team- building activities like the Amazing Race challenge or Glow Golf. If attendees have time, they should plan a trip to Pikes Peak, one of the most famous summits in the Rocky Mountains, reachable by car or the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. At the top, groups can ward off the moun- tain chill with a steaming hot drink and doughnut from the Summit House as they soak in the view. Within a short drive of downtown, the Garden of the Gods is a free city park interspersed with red rock formations that tower over grassy plains. At the visitors center, groups can learn about the park's unique geological history through a movie experience called Geo-Trekker. Afterward, they can explore the park's beautiful trail system while keeping an eye out for different rock structures labeled on the map. Colorado Springs is also home to America's only mountain zoo, which shelters one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds in captivity. On Saturdays, the zoo features a breakfast program for kids. Concord, Massachusetts Just 30 minutes northwest of Boston, Concord provides a charming setting for family outings, without the headaches of big-city traffic and prices. "If people are looking for a less-expensive venue with a lot to do, Concord has restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries — there's some- thing for everyone," said Jane Obbagy, executive director at the Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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