For many meeting and event planners, New York State is a top choice destination as it offers a wide variety of destinations ranging from bustling cities to quiet rural retreats.
What makes NYS even more appealing is the plethora of unique venues in each destination. In fact, the meeting and event venues throughout the state are just as diverse as the destinations.
Unique Meeting and Event Venues in New York State
Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary place to host your next meeting or corporate event? Here are 19 unique places to consider!
1. Bonnie Castle
This beautiful resort overlooks Boldt Castle and is located in Alexandria Bay along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
Bonnie Castle can accommodate meetings and conferences of any size, from 6 to 600, with 10,000 square feet of versatile event space on the premises.
It’s a great place to stay, giving event attendees the opportunity to explore the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands region, by land or by boat.
2. Albany Capital Center
Albany’s newest conference and event center is now open – and it’s spectacular! Featuring state-of-the-art technology throughout, including customizable LED lighting, charging stations, high speed wi-fi, 4K audio visual capacity, attendees will be amazed by the versatile, forward-thinking space.
The Albany Capital Center was thoughtfully designed to reflect the spirit of Albany and it’s historical landscape. Its dual-level design can accommodate up to 5,000 people for meetings, conferences, trade shows and more. It’s convenient to local hotels and many Albany attraction as well.
3. Binghamton University Events Center
With seating for as many as 8,000 people, the Binghamton University Events Center is the region’s premier venue for athletic events. It can also be configured for stage events, conferences, trade shows, and more.
The versatile space is located on the Binghamton University campus in the heart of Binghamton, close to local restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Events here give attendees the opportunity to explore the sprawling Binghamton University campus as well.
4. Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
As the premier meeting facility in Western NY, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center is the ideal venue for events of any size. From intimate gatherings to large trade shows, they do it all with impressive attention to detail! With more than 110,000 square feet of versatile space, they can create the ideal atmosphere for corporate gatherings of any kind.
Located just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, this convention center puts attendees in the heart of the revitalized city of Buffalo where there are dozens of restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions to explore.
5. The Corning Museum of Glass
Believe it or not, the Corning Museum of Glass also serves as an event venue for the Corning NY region.
Ideal for evening receptions, dinners, professional conferences, educational lectures, and corporate events, the museum provides a unique environment with a backdrop of galleries and special exhibitions.
If you’re looking for a creative, memorable space in which to host your next gathering, this is it!
6. The Roundhouse
A unique, historic property, the Roundhouse in Duchess County is an ideal venue for reunions, conferences, meetings, and retreats of various sizes. With hints of the past – including wood beams, exposed brick, and natural light shining though oversized windows – combined with modern touches like steel railings and contemporary lighting, the event space is truly eye-catching.
With indoor and outdoor options, event planners have the ability to use the space creatively. For galas, cocktail parties, and corporate events in Duchess County, this is definitely a venue to consider.
7. Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Host a truly unique event at a venue like no other! Attendees will be surprised and excited to receive an invitation to a meeting or conference at such a non-traditional location.
As a world leader in the study, appreciation and conservation of birds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca is the perfect place to learn more about birds – but it’s also a great place to host an event.
Located in the heart of a beautiful natural setting filled with birds of all kinds and furnished to accommodate small meetings and gatherings, you don’t want to overlook this venue in central NY.
8. The Sagamore Resort
Located on an island in beautiful Lake George, the Sagamore is a historic luxury resort that’s considered to be one of the gems of the lower Adirondack region. Featuring 30,000 square feet of conference space, as well as more than 300 rooms on the premises, the Sagamore has it all. It’s located just minutes from some of the most beloved attractions in Lake George, and is a great place to discover the allure of the Adirondacks.
With indoor and outdoor spaces available for events, the Sagamore is a breathtaking location for corporate retreats, conferences, cocktail hours, and business gatherings of all kinds.
9. The Conference Center at Lake Placid
Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is a town dedicated to events. As a two-time Olympic host city that’s home to many other world-class events, Lake Placid is a destination that many people and their families are excited to visit. That makes the Conference Center at Lake Placid an ideal venue for events of all kinds.
The Conference Center is located right in town, an easy walk from the downtown shops and restaurants that make Lake Placid so charming. The state of the art space is sustainably built and LEED Gold Certified, featuring versatile spaces and breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains. Take a virtual tour of the Lake Placid Conference Center here and see for yourself!
10. Nassau County Aquatic Center
If you’re hosting a swimming event, definitely check this venue out! An 80,000 square foot aquatic center featuring seating for 1,700 and space for 600 on the pool deck, this location is a dream for swimmers and spectators.
The breathtaking aquatic center is one of the region’s top sports venues and has been recognized as one of the finest swimming facilities in the United States.
11. Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Offering 26-levels of pure luxury, the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls USA region can accommodate meetings for up to 1,000 people. The casino is action packed, featuring 4,000 slot machines, 100+ table games and a world-class poker room. You’ll also find numerous dining options right on site, plus a full-service spa and salon, not to mention night clubs with live entertainment and dancing.
The Casino is minutes from other Niagara Falls attractions and is a truly unique event venue. If you’re looking for something a little different that will help to fill the seats at your next meeting or conference, definitely consider Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino!
12. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Located on the west side of Manhattan, the Javits Center is one of New York City’s premier event venues. The convention center recently underwent extensive renovations, giving it a very sleek, modern look.
It features 840,000 square feet of exhibition space, with 8,050 square feet of additional meeting spaces, plus 132,000 square feet of flexible, adjustable space.
The four level building features a Starbucks, SuperShuttle, FedEx and an American Express Business Lounge for members. It has an in-house caterer, and is across the street from the new 7 subway line, making it an incredibly convenient option for meeting planners and attendees alike.
13. The National Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum
Host your next event against the backdrop of America’s favorite pastime. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY is the ideal venue for events that seek to be both sophisticated and fun.
With spaces designated for meetings, parties, events, retreats and conferences, and professional event staff on hand, the Baseball Hall of Fame is well equipped to host events of all kinds. They also offer after-hours access to the museum for groups!
14. Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
With 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, exhibit capacity for up to 400 booths, and 20+ individual meeting rooms, this convention center is one that companies and organizations return to over and over again. The facility and its staff are professional, accessible, and accommodating, making it easy to plan and coordinate the event you imagined.
Located along the scenic Genesee River in the center of downtown Rochester, this venue is convenient to all Rochester has to offer – including the area’s best restaurants, entertainment venues, attractions, and accommodations.
15. The Hall of Springs
Saratoga NY’s Hall of Springs is one of the regions most breathtaking event venues. If you’re looking to host a classy, upscale event against a picturesque background, this is the place.
Located in the Saratoga Springs State Park right next to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Hall of Springs has been recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in America. The banquet hall seats up to 500 people, and the professional event staff provide award-winning service including careful attention to detail. Whether you’re hosting a company gathering, a cocktail hour, or a formal gala-style event, this is definitely an Upstate NY venue you should consider.
16. Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center
Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Villa Roma Resort is the perfect location for a retreat that’s both relaxing and productive. This scenic venue can accommodate events large and small, and their professional event staff is willing to go above and beyond to make your event a success. They will customize the space to your specifications, and will work with you to coordinate team building activities and recreational activities to take your event to the next level.
With dozens of things to do on site, not to mention the surrounding Catskills to explore, Villa Roma is a venue meeting attendees won’t soon forget.
17. The Great New York State Fair
Syracuse’s convenient central location and plethora of event venues makes it one of Central New York’s most sought after destinations for meetings and events. One of the most unique meeting and event venues in the Syracuse region is the New York State Fairgrounds.
Best known as the home of the NYS Fair, which happens annually, the 375-acre grounds remains open year round to host hundreds of other events. If you’re looking for a creative place to host your next conference or corporate, this might be it. With a 300,000 square foot expo center, there’s plenty of space for events of any size.
18. The Beeches Inn & Conference Center
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle with a meeting located in the scenic countryside, this is a venue you’ll want to consider.
Located in Oneida County, the Beeches Inn is an exceptional meeting space in a quiet country atmosphere. With numerous meeting rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 800 people, this venue works well for conferences, meetings, and other small to mid sized corporate events.
Oneida County’s central location and variety of attractions make it a great destination to explore. Check out these helpful resources for planning meetings in the Oneida County region.
19. Renaissance Westchester Hotel
Westchester NY is a great location to consider if you want to plan a meeting NEAR New York City but you don’t want to be IN the city.
The Renaissance Westchester Hotel is an upscale estate-style hotel nestled in the heart of a New York State nature trail, but it’s just 35 minutes from New York City. This gives meeting planners and attendees the very best of both worlds – a beautiful, scenic venue with easy access to all NYC has to offer.
The Renaissance Westchester features over 23,000 square feet of meeting space, and has well appointed rooms right on site.
Plan Your Next Event at One Of these Amazing New York State Event Venues
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