All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. And don’t even get us started on Jill. That’s why attendees will say you’ve hit it out of the park by bringing your next meeting, conference or special event to Florida’s Sports Coast.

Home to right mix of business and pleasure, Pasco County, Florida, features 65 world-class locations that offer first-rate amenities, wonderful teambuilding exercises and delicious catering options.

Your group could stay in the boardroom, but who would want to? Florida’s Sports Coast is a place where meetings are meant to be fun. Layers of stuffiness and stress are washed away as soon as attendees arrive. Playing to the destination’s strengths will be giving attendees exactly what they always want.

Business will get done here, but your group will see that it doesn’t have to be boring—far from it, in fact. Whether your group wants to extend its stay for a true bleisure trip or is just in town for your event, there is no shortage of opportunities to make a splash.

From spectacular hotels with vast meeting spaces to venues you might otherwise overlook because they are too fun, Florida’s Sports Coast will open your eyes to a new way of business travel. Let the games begin. Let us show you how.

Places to Stay and Play

saddlebrook resort

Saddlebrook Resort

Located off Interstate 75, only 13 miles from the Tampa Premium Outlets and The Shops at Wiregrass, the award-winning Saddlebrook Resort is home to two Arnold Palmer Signature golf courses, 45 tennis courts and 540 newly renovated rooms. Your attendees will find everything they need, from state-of-the-art conference rooms to 480 acres of recreational land to explore, for both their event and hotel accommodations. Planners will revel in the 95,000 square feet of meeting space, including 34 meeting rooms and 15 unique outdoor venues. From themed dining to AV offerings to transportation services, this resort makes events feel like child’s play (almost), regardless of whether you’re planning a 10-person board meeting or a gala/gathering for more than 1,000 people.

If your guests are looking for a new experience, the Saddlebrook Resort is only 25 miles from Skydive City, a world-class skydive location in Zephyrhills.

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa – Wesley Chapel

Situated against a beautiful nature preserve, just 2 miles from The Shops at Wiregrass, Hilton Garden Inn Wesley Chapel offers the perfect location for any business and/or leisure trip. There are six event spaces on-site, offering flexibility for an intimate C-suite meeting up to a midsize group gathering.

Bleisure That Suits You

Epperson Lagoon

The nation’s first Crystal Lagoon is a 7-acre oasis away from the boardroom. Swim-up bars, lawn games and beach volleyball may be things you associate with vacations, but they don’t have to be so limited. Rent out spaces for up to 300 attendees for a break in the meeting action. Nothing says networking and teambuilding quite like a day in paradise.

Main Event

If you are looking for a true adult playground for a casual reception or teambuilding opportunities, look no further. Games at this venue in Wesley Chapel include laser tag, bowling, billiards, rock climbing, mini-golf, virtual reality stations and more. You can buy out the whole building or pick your spot and activity. And yes, there is even meeting space should you be looking for a change of scenery from a traditional venue.

Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center

This site in the heart of Zephyrhills is ideal for some true R&R. Tennis and pickleball tournaments make for some great recreation. Attendees can relax by taking advantage of on-site cryotherapy, salt room, sauna, sports counseling, fitness center and restaurant. Talk about a treat for the body and soul.

Salty Dog Kayak Rentals

Have your team find the right stroke for success with a teambuilding exercise on the water. Located inside Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Salty Dog provides two-hour eco-tours to explore the area’s natural beauty. Learn about salt springs and the diversity of the flora and fauna system and apply those lessons to preserving your company’s success for the long term.

AdventHealth Center Ice

Water sports come to mind when thinking of Florida. Just remember ice is frozen water and can be a whole lot cooler of a surface to play on. Curling and broomball are just two of the options planners have in their playbook for a fun afternoon or evening outside of the hotel.  A multipurpose room was just added to this 150,000-sq.-ft. home of five world-class ice rinks, which can be converted into event spaces for up to 3,000 attendees.

Getting Here

It wouldn’t feel right to work hard to reach a destination where it’s easy to play. Located on the west coast of Florida, just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, Florida’s Sports Coast offers guests easy access via key direct flights from markets across the country. We’re also 90 minutes from Orlando, and highways such as I-75, U.S. 41 and Suncoast Parkway connect to New Port Richey, Dade City, Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel.

Work Hard, Play Hard

We’re not saying business is not important. Just don’t forget that leisure bleeding in a little bit goes a long way toward turning a run-of-the-mill gathering into an event remembered for years to come. The combination of unique event spaces, teambuilding opportunities and ready-made experiences is what today’s attendees seek. See for yourself why Florida’s Sports Coast is a winning proposition for you and your organization.