Apr 3, 2023
Arrive on Tuesday, April 18 and enjoy a special pre-conference itinerary visiting key attractions in Oswego, New York!
- FIRST TIME - Flexible Itinerary: All of the featured destinations are proximate to our host hotels, so a large shuttle bus will run continuously, departing from the hotels every 20 minutes beginning at 3 PM and moving attendees flexibly from location to location!
- Program-Related Destinations: All of the destinations you will be able to visit are relevant and in the context of our conference programming!
- Complimentary Cocktail/Reception/Tour: The Off-Site program culminates in a welcome reception at the Clarion Host Hotel with a behind-the-scenes peek at their soon-to-be open indoor water park!
We are thankful for the team at Oswego County Tourism and the staff at the Best Western Plus & Clarion Oswego for putting together such a fantastic itinerary featuring Oswego's historic attractions! Be sure to join us at the welcome reception afterward at the Clarion Hotel & Suites Riverfront for light fare and a drink of choice.
How to Register:
The option to add on the Experience Oswego offsite will automatically be listed as an 'Additional Item' in the registration portal. Simply click the "+/-" button to add the offsite to your registration! Register for the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference.
If you are already registered, simply add the Experience Oswego offsite to your registration.
All registration revenue will be donated directly to the historic host non-profit organizations as a thank-you for opening their doors to NYS Tourism Conference attendees.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Known as the “Guardian of the Northern Frontier,” Fort Ontario has been attacked and re-built, changing hands several times since the first fortress was erected on this site in 1755. The present star-shaped fort dates back to the early 1840s and offers an insider’s look at life on a military post circa 1868. Situated on a picturesque bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, the fort displays the enlisted men’s barracks, officers’ quarters, the powder magazine and more.
H. Lee White Maritime Museum
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is located on the West First Street Pier in the heart of Oswego Harbor. Visitors can experience the history behind a vast artifact collection highlighting over 400 years of regional maritime heritage. The museum is home to a fleet of historic vessels including the National Historic Landmark WWII tugboat and D-Day veteran “LT-5,” the 1927 New York State Canal boat “Derrick Boat 8” and the last commercial fishing vessel to operate on the American shores of Lake Ontario “Eleanor D.” During fair weather season, the maritime museum offers people the opportunity to tour the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse.
Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum
The Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum commemorates America’s only shelter for victims of the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. It is dedicated to preserving the stories of 982 refugees from 18 war-torn countries who were allowed into the United States as guests of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These Holocaust survivors were housed at the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter in Oswego from August 1944 until February 1946.