Nassau County, just 17 miles east of downtown Manhattan, is one of two counties that make up the seaward jutting tip of Long Island (the other is Suffolk County). Attendees flying into LaGuardia Airport and JFK, attendees get treated to the sight of Nassau's spectacular beaches, from the gorgeous white sand stretches along the south shore, to the rugged beauty of the scenic north shore bluffs. Golfing groups may pick up their sticks and head to Bethpage Black, site of the 2009 U.S. Open Championship, one of many major golfing venues in Nassau County.
Long Island itself has three airports, Islip MacArthur (ISP), LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy (JFK), as well as the nation's largest commuter railroad (LIRR) and two ferry systems from Long Island to Connecticut.
Chief among meeting venues in Nassau County is the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a 60,000-square-foot exhibition hall in Uniondale. Other Nassau County venues that host compelling meetings, receptions and conferences include those of Adelphi and Hofstra universities; the Cradle of Aviation Museum, that traces the history of flight; Long Island Children's Museum; Nassau County Museum of Art; and the historic Belmont Park racetrack.
Since Nassau County is a thickly populated area of small towns, villages and bedroom communities, Nassau County hotels see a lot of social business. Properties that cater to groups include the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, the Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, the Marriott Long Island Hotel & Conference Center in Uniondale, and the Roslyn Claremont Hotel. The area is also rife with fine-dining restaurants, many with rooms for private events. These include Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington, Otto's Sea Grill in Freeport, Riverbay Seafood Bar & Grill in Williston Park, Brasserie Cassis in Plainview, and Benny's Ristorante in Westbury.
During a group's free time, there is shopping in the Roosevelt Field Mall, one of the largest indoor malls in New York State. For those who want to enjoy the great outdoors, many of Nassau County's beaches and parks offer kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, fishing and hiking.
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