Hotels and conference centers are the norm for meetings. They’re tried and true, come with the equipment you need, and fit all your attendees. But sometimes it’s nice to break the mold and give attendees a new experience. Have you ever considered hosting your event in the sky? What about an abandoned railroad station? We’ve collected a list of seven unique places to host a meeting.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Whether you’re hosting a sit-down dinner or allowing your attendees to explore, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is sure to be a hit. Their Open Sea Galleries house everything from sardines to sharks. Guests catch watch the underwater action from their dinner tables, or wander around and get up close to undulating jellyfish.
Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol, England
Have you ever considered how interesting the architecture is in an abandoned railroad station? Brunel’s Old Station will shows off the attention to detail paid to travel’s yesteryear. Passenger Shed can hold presentations and conferences, and seat from 400 to 800 attendees, based on the seating style of your choice. Catering is also available.
Lyon Air Museum, Orange County, California
Airport hangars don’t just host airplanes—they can host the perfect event, as well. Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport, Lyon Air Museum is open to those wanting to host a corporate event that’s out of left field. Celebrate surrounding vintage aircraft and meander through historical exhibits with low-lighting that gives the perfect ambience.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Europe, Africa and Asia
Want to sweep attendees off their feet? Consider taking them on a cruise for a change of scenery. Travel for eight days from Brussels to Amsterdam or 12 days from New Delhi to Kolkata, India—all while discussing business, of course. Uniworld’s ships can host up to 130 guests, and the floating boutique hotel will take you along 23 rivers within 24 countries—you choose which.
Dinner in the Sky, Athens, Greece
Hoist your passengers up for Dinner in the Sky, a meal hosted 160 feet above ground with panoramic views of Athens. This adventure may not be for the faint of heart, but you’re bound to be remembered for taking a risk to impress.
National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky
In case you didn’t know, every Corvette made in the U.S. these days comes out of Bowling Green. And now the city has debuted National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, one of the most recent driving tracks in the United States. Get behind the wheel and take on a three-mile, 24-corner road course for an automotive experience your attendees won’t forget.
SPiN, Chicago, Illinois
Entertaining a techie crowd? SPiN may be the perfect place for you to host your next event. With 19 ping pong tables, available catering and room for up to 600 attendees, you can get the friendly competition going and the ping pong balls flying. Get the blood pumping before a sit-down dinner or end your meeting with a friendly game of back-and-forth.