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Why RTP Is the Perfect Place to Meet

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Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been a hub of entrepreneurial prowess for decades, and it's doesn't show any signs of slowing down. What's in it for you? Well, everything.

Posted By Heather Darnell on Jul 15, 2019

Research Triangle Park (RTP), located primarily in Durham, is a thriving epicenter for business, collaboration, and group meetings. Formed in 1959, the 7,000-acre park contains more than 250 businesses where 50,000 people work. RTP has been credited with bringing science and technology jobs to NC and retaining top talent from area universities. Today, it continues to be an integral part of Durham and an ideal location for meetings and events. Here are just a few reasons why RTP is the perfect place for a group meeting.

A large variety of unique meeting spaces

With more than 30 venues and 18 hotels in RTP, there are plenty of options. But there are several unforgettable meeting spaces that will wow meeting attendees talking about their amazing experience.

The Frontier offers free co-working space with amenities like free WiFi and conference rooms during business hours. They also have a food truck available at lunch times and several trucks on Food Truck Fridays.

An adventurous group will enjoy a team-building trip to Defy Gravity, where groups will shriek with delight bouncing on trampolines and climbing through foam pits. For camera-ready events, Studio in the Park is an exceptional venue at UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide PBS headquarters. The 6,700 square foot event space has award-winning gardens and studios. Guests can make use of professional studio lighting, audio/visual equipment, a projection system, large TV monitors, and more.

For a power lunch or group dinner, restaurants Mez and Page Road Grill feature private dining options. With offerings like house-made empanadas, black-eyed pea hummus, and shrimp hushpuppies with pimento cheese dip, guests might never want to leave.

RTP is close to it all

One of the benefits of staying in Durham’s RTP is its convenience and close proximity to area attractions. Guests will have an easy time getting to and from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is located less than 4 miles away. Guests who travel by car will enjoy its accessibility along a major interstate highway. Once they arrive, guests looking for shopping and restaurants will be pleased to discover that the Streets of Southpoint Mall in the Southpoint area is less than six miles from RTP.

You won’t go hungry

Durham is known for its tasty food, and the RTP area is no exception. Stop by Kokyu Na’Mean for rave-worthy Korean sandwiches. Book a catering order with Backyard BBQ Pit for your group to experience pit-smoked Carolina barbecue (don’t miss the mac and cheese). Head over to True Flavors Diner to experience incredible Southern biscuits and savor sumptuous shrimp and grits. For an early morning meeting, don’t forget to grab a few dozen locally made doughnuts for your group at Carolina Glazed Donuts.

Enjoy after-hours fun

After the official meeting is done, it’s time to start the after-party! Here are a few places to join the locals in some after-hours fun. For a well-curated place to get a drink and enjoy the local scene, it’s no overstatement to say that The Glass Jug Beer Lab fits the bill. This craft brewery, bottle shop, craft beer bar and counter pressure growler filling station has it all. Enjoy trivia nights, vinyl record nights and more. Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending is a local brewery producing oak fermented, fruit-driven, wild, artisanal ales. The taproom boasts Ping-Pong tables, which are often used for tournaments, and hosts brunches in partnership with local food trucks.

No matter where you go in RTP, your meeting is sure to be a success. For more information about finding a meeting location in RTP, download the meeting planners guide or contact the sales team at Discover Durham to see how they can help with your event.

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Heather Darnell