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Why Choose Albany, NY as the Host Site for Your Future Meeting

The meeting venues, the nightlife, the proximity to other major cities - there are so many reasons why Albany, NY is the perfect place to host a meeting or a conference! Regardless of your industry or how many people the meeting space needs to accommodate, Albany fits the bill.

three towers in Albany

Whether your business is in the Capital Region and you'd like to keep the meeting local, or you're looking for a centralized location for your meeting, see why you just might want to pick Albany's capital city.

Find a Variety of Venues for Everything From Small Meetings to Large Conferences

a large conference room with rows of tables and chairs set upMeeting space in Albany Marriott

Regardless of the size of the meeting or seminar you're planning, Albany has a venue to fit it! The Albany Marriott alone has a massive event and meeting space that can actually be broken down into 17 different spaces, so you can really customize to the size you need. They often hold conferences, seminars, and fundraising events.

For large events, you might try the 82,000-square-foot Albany Capital Center, or the 28,000-square-foot Desmond Hotel.

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Take Advantage of Prime Transportation Options

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Albany is so easy to get around with its wide variety of transportation options, getting your whole group together for the meeting should be a snap! If everyone is local, those who need transporation can make use of a car rental service or an Uber or Lyft, while those coming in from out of town or out of state can utilize airport shuttles.

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Albany, NY is Centrally Located Among Major Cities & Attractions

the Albany skyline at night

Speaking of traveling and transporation, if your meeting or event is intended to draw employees or clients from a wide area this could be a great location for you! New York City, Boston, and Montreal are all a fairly easy commute away. Albany is a primary stop on the Amtrak line, and of course there's also Albany Airport, which is a bit smaller and easier to get around than other big city airports. There are plenty of lodging options close to the airport!

If your group is going to be in town for a week or more and you're looking for a fun day trip, you don't have to go all the way to New York City or Boston to have a great excursion with your group. Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga are all very close by, each with their own attractions and things to do, or you could travel just a bit farther up to Lake George.

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Have Incredible Fun With Team-Building Activities & Group Outings

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Want to organize a team-building activity in Albany to coincide with your meeting? You might try something different and have an adventure at Mountain Ridge Adventures, a treetop challenge course and zip line park just 30 minutes from Albany that often hosts corporate team building events. You could also try an escape room like Pursue the Clue or 5 Wits.

Or, instead of a structured team building activity, you might simply opt to go for a walk or a hike at a local park or nature preserve. Washington Park is located right in the heart of Albany and is particularly beautiful in the springtime when the tulips are in bloom. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is also an excellent choice for a group hike, because all the trails are relatively easy and situated on fairly flat terrain. No need to be an expert hiker!

If you're visiting Albany from out of the area you might consider checking out the Dutch Apple Cruises & Tours, for a really unique way to see the city.

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Get Swept Up in Local History & Culture

the Capitol Building

As you discover more places to visit and things to see in the Albany area, take a moment to consider delving into local history and culture - this could be another fun group outing for those attending your meeting or event.

The Capitol Building is a great place to start, as they offer free tours Monday through Friday. If you're bringing a group of 10 or more people you'll just need to make a reservation, and you can also take a self-guided tour during normal business hours. What's really great about the Capitol is not just that it's the home of the New York State government, but it's also a true agricultural treasure.

For a really unique history-filled experience you might also want to bring you group to the USS Slater that is right on the Hudson River. This is the last Destroyer Escort in the entire country that is still afloat! The ship consists of a museum right on board and it's open to visitors April through November.

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Make the Most of the Thriving Nightlife Scene & Great Restaurants

two cocktails next to a Pearl Street Pub menu

Sometimes after a long day of meetings what you really want to do is hit the town and let loose with a cocktail or two. Downtown Albany is the perfect place to unwind with your coworkers.

The Pearl Street Pub in particular always has a trivia night, a comedy show, or a live music performance going on in The Upper Room, their event space - they're particularly partial to hosting blues musicians. They also have an incredible menu with upscale pub grub.

The Lark Street neighborhood is another hotspot for nightlife activity and delicious food. Here's an insider tip: if you can't get enough Mexican food you'll defintiely have to stop by El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant for the absolute best Mexican food. Or, for a great bar atmosphere with the ultimate margarita you'll want to go to Bombers Burrito Bar.

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