Welcome to Cvent's Syracuse meeting planning guide – for planning meetings in the Greater Syracuse and Central New York area. Syracuse, most notably the home of Syracuse University, is also a gateway to New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region, which is also home to an abundance of fine wineries. Meeting venues in Syracuse are plentiful and range from historic to cutting edge.
The region's airport is Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), five miles northeast of the city. It is well connected, with major U.S. cities served as far west as Chicago and as far south as Atlanta. Direct flights to Toronto are also available. By ground transportation, Syracuse is close to interstates 81 and 90.
Convention venues in Syracuse begin with the Oncenter, the city's multi-block convention and events facility. Its more than 200,000 square feet of space includes the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, with 95,000 square feet of exhibition space; 14 meeting rooms; three theaters, the largest seating 2,100, and the 7,000-seat War Memorial Arena.
Hotel venues in Syracuse include chain and independent hotels. The largest is the 279-room Crowne Plaza Syracuse has 12,500 square feet of function space, while the 235-room Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center has 10,000 square feet of its own. Other fine choices include the 159-room Genesee Grand Hotel, with two meeting rooms, a ballroom, a conference room and a theater; 83-room Parkview Hotel, with two meeting rooms, and 60-suite Jefferson Clinton Hotel, with two small function rooms. Outside the downtown area, the Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool has 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
Among other events, the Empire Expo Center hosts the Great New York State Fair. It has 300,000 square feet of function space, while another venue able to host large gatherings is the Carnegie Conference Center at Driver's Village in nearby Cicero. It has 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. Other spots in which to organize events include the Erie Canal Museum, which is inside the Weighlock Building, the only canal boat weigh station remaining in the U.S.; the Everson Museum of Art, which was designed by architect I.M. Pei, and the 3,000-seat Landmark Theatre, which recently completed a major renovation.
The expansion and rebranding of Destiny USA makes it the 6th-largest retail destination in the country and 2nd-most visited, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine. There will be over 260 brands to choose from including department stores, mall shops, luxury outlets, factory stores, dining and entertainment all under one roof. This fully enclosed destination will be one of the first of its kind, introducing 100 new brands to Syracuse.
Dining venues in Syracuse include the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which has 125 seats in its main room, 40 in its Willow Room, while other delicious downtown choices include Francesca's Cucina for Italian fare; the Mission Restaurant, in the former Syracuse Wesleyan Methodist Church, for pan-American cuisine; L'Adour Restaurant Francais, and the celebrated BC Restaurant Armory Square, with American-fare and the ability to host cocktail receptions for up to 100 persons. You can also get a good sense of Syracuse's Beer scene by visiting local downtown breweries (Empire Brewing Co.) and pubs with extensive selections (Blue Tusk).