September 19, 2022
The Best Venues To Host Your Event In Clay County
Whether you are a planning a wedding, family reunion or need a venue for your organization’s next meeting, Clay County has a variety of meeting spaces to fit your group’s capacity and budget needs.
Choose from golf course and riverfront views to quiet, boardrooms with hotel access, Clay County can accommodate most sized groups with a variety of budgets, including catered meals and assistance with event planning too.
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Here’s a look at the meeting and social event settings you’ll find here in Clay County –
Located along Black Creek at the opening of the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs, Camp Chowenwaw is a 150-acre recreation park available for groups looking to rent a rustic and serene venue. Known as the “Big Cabin”, the park’s main building is available for rent, along with the adjacent outside stage and amphitheater seating at no extra cost. The cabin’s kitchen allows for easy preparations with a commercial sink, refrigerator, stove, microwave and a catering warming oven.
Other on-site buildings available for rent at Camp Chowenwaw include the PawPaw Nature Center with a maximum capacity of 55 people and the Orange Blossom Building with room for 30 people. Camp Chowenwaw was once operated by the Girl Scouts of Duval County as camp for over 70 years beginning in 1933. Overnight rentals ranging from cabins, primitive campsites and treehouses are also available to make the event even more memorable.
For those looking for a more rustic venue, the family-owned Tucker’s Farm House in Green Cove Springs welcomes brides and grooms to celebrate their nuptials on the farm, surrounded by serene wilderness and natural beauty. Constructed over 30 years ago for horses, the property’s barn is now used as the backdrop for weddings up to 150 people. At All 4 One Farms in Middleburg, wedding guests can enjoy over 100 acres of open pastures and oak trees creating a quiet, romantic setting for saying “I Do”. The property’s open-air barn complete with chandeliers and perimeter lighting, creates a unique outdoor setting for the reception.
If you are in the market for hosting an event with animals, like horse shows and rodeos or just need plenty of space – the award-winning Clay County Fairgrounds is a 45 acre facility and home to three indoor exhibit buildings, the Cattlemen’s Arena with a seating capacity of 3,400 people, and 48 full service RV hookups. As host to numerous events throughout the year, it is easy to see why many refer to this facility as the “Showcase of Clay County”.
History and Elegance
For those looking to a host a special event surrounded with history and charm, The Hilltop Club & Restaurant offers diners a romantic setting with an old-world atmosphere. With numerous rooms and configurations to choose from, the venue is most commonly used to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, baby/bridal showers and social events. Along with on-site dining options, planners can meet with staff to create a menu to stay within budgets and impress guests.
At the nearby Club Continental, guests can enjoy private dining with waterfront views of the St. Johns River. Built in 1923 as the winter home of Caleb Johnson, heir to the Palmolive Soap Company, this venue provides guests with an intimate setting surrounded by stately Live Oaks with gourmet dining opportunities. From social events to board meetings, breakout meetings and more, planners can choose from passed hors d’oeurves receptions, plated meals, buffets with high end entrée and dining options.
Golf Course Views
For those in need of small, personal venues, don’t overlook Clay County’s golf course clubhouses featuring views of the greens and on-site catering too. The Eagle Harbor Golf Course in Fleming Island, home to the Talons Restaurant offers a private dining area overlooking the island practice green with customized menus available and a seating capacity of 80 to 100 people. Over at the Fleming Island Golf Club, the Hibernia Pub overlooks the 10th tee with private dining menus, a fully stocked bar and a seating capacity between 150 and 200 people.
In Green Cove Springs, the Magnolia Point Golf Club offers both an outdoor venue along with a spacious, indoor meeting facility. Working together with on-site staff, planners can expect professional service along with catering needs and a venue capacity of 135 to 200 attendees.
Ballrooms and Meetings
Let Clay County be your group’s ‘home away from home’ and keep everything under the same roof with a variety of accommodations and amenities for every budget.
For a full-service stay, the Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Orange Park, Hilton Garden Inn Orange Park and the Holiday Inn & Suites Orange Park – Wells Rd. offer a convenient stay near restaurants, shopping and more. Each property features meeting spaces for both boardroom events, breakout sessions and social gatherings. Guests can also take advantage of free parking and on-site dining options during their stay.
Think Outside the Box
Other notable venues around Clay County include the Thrasher-Horne Center’s conference center with over 6,135 square feet of rental space encompassing five banquet rooms. Along with on-site, audio/visual needs, ample lighting, free parking and flexible catering options, planners can use this space to create the event of their needs. In Orange Park, the Party Place Banquet & Events Center, typically used for social events can host between 40-70 people. For those budget conscious planners, tables and chairs are included with rental of the facility, along with table decorations and linens available for rent.
For events in need of livestock space or extra outdoor accommodations, the Clay County Fairgrounds offers a variety of sized venues available for rent, along with a dedicated staff to assist with events. In Keystone Heights, the Party Place offers social meeting space for groups of thirty or less people. Planners can choose from decorating the space on their own or for an additional fee, the staff can decorate for your needs. The popular teatime events feature a selection of over 40 teas and sandwiches and desserts.
To learn more about venues in Clay County and how they can handle your group’s specific needs, visit the Explore Clay Venues page – home to a variety of locations perfect for business and social events.