Event Types and Testimonials

Offering Florida’s Warmest Welcome to Events of All Types and Sizes

There are many reasons why the Emerald Coast Convention Center is the best choice for your next event. With its prime location on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, expert staff, and best-in-class amenities, the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast is a meeting hotspot.

Our region is a premier destination for leisure and business. With the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) close by, it’s easy to get here. The airport offers nonstop flights every day to cities all around the nation, making domestic and international connections easy.

Located on gorgeous Okaloosa Island, the Emerald Coast Convention Center’s prime location provides easy access to hotels, condominiums, and rental homes to accomodate any budget and group size. World-class amenities, dining, and entertainment round out the Emerald Coast experience, making for memorable gatherings in one of the country’s most beautiful places.

Event Types

The Emerald Coast Convention Center is the premiere destination for events in Northwest Florida. Our modern venue provides more than 32,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, with an additional 30,000 square feet of outdoor space on Bayview Plaza. The center includes a 21,200-square foot column-free Grand Ballroom and five smaller meeting rooms for events of all kinds.

Whether you are putting together a meeting, conference, industry trade show, concert performance, or church service, groups of all types have a place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

Athletic Events: With its bayside location in a popular Florida destination, the weather and sunshine make this one of the most coveted sports destinations in the country. The Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island region is the ideal place to host your next sports event, competition, or banquet.

Conventions: The Emerald Coast Convention Center is the premiere destination for conventions in Northwest Florida. Groups of all types feel at home in this island location  World-class amenities, services, and plenty of things to do make the Emerald Coast an excellent choice.

Military Events: Choose the Emerald Coast Convention Center for your next military gathering. You’ll find a convenient location in close proximity to multiple military installations, an expert staff focused on precision, and advanced security measures.

Performances: For your next arts performance, the Emerald Coast Convention Center is the ideal venue for you. From our large, column-free Grand Ballroom to our sprawling outdoor Bayview Plaza, your performance here will be a hit.

Religious Events: Religious groups love our peaceful venue for worship and fellowship. Take advantage of a wide range of meeting rooms and amenities to create a  remarkable experience for your congregation.

Trade Shows: With our prime location in the Gulf Coast, the Heart of the Emerald Coast, the Emerald Coast Convention Center is an obvious choice for industry groups looking to host a trade show in a venue that meets demands for quality and budget.

Complimentary Amenities, Equipment and Services

The following are provided free of charge with all meeting room rentals.

Event Planning Services

  • Complete pre-event planning and coordination

  • Assistance selecting area accommodations

  • Room setup diagrams

  • Unlimited client coordination meetings

On-Site Convention Center Amenities, Equipment and Services

  • On-site event coordinator and support staff

  • Wi-Fi internet access

  • Parking including covered and open air with elevator access

  • Directional signage

  • Two (2) dressed tables

  • Tables and chairs for event set (not including vendor/trade show tables)

  • 8-by-12-foot riser

  • Microphone, mixer, and house sound patch

Advertising Services

  • Marquee

  • Internal signs

  • Website calendar and social media