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Need a reason to meet in Grand Rapids? Well we've started with 10 great reasons why you'd want to visit here. Check out some other reason too, like our meeting facilities or how easy it is to getting to Grand Rapids.
An expansive public art program has helped make Grand Rapids an international arts destination. Every autumn, we host ArtPrize, the world's richest art competition. This mammoth logistical undertaking proves Grand Rapids can deliver a truly world-class experience - whether for 250,000 ArtPrize visitors or for your group.
Grand Rapids was a forerunner of the farm-to-table dining movement - and our restaurants continue to serve up an astonishing variety of fresh, local, sustainable and always creative dishes.
Downtown Grand Rapids offers more than 90 restaurants, nightclubs, museums and entertainment venues within a five-minute walk of five hotels (and more than 1,400 rooms).
Golf, fishing, swimming, boating, biking, hiking, running, skiing, ice skating, atv-ing ... it's all here, and it's all close by. Like, 10 minutes from downtown close by.
Area museums present some of the nation's most sought-after touring exhibits like "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," debuting at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in February 2013.
There's plenty for the family to do while mom or dad is in meetings - from a morning at the zoo to an afternoon at the ballpark to a week at camp!
Grand Rapids is just 30 minutes away from Lake Michigan and a spectacular coastline that must be seen to be believed. Condé Nast Traveler called it one of the world's Top 25 shorelines. Not the United States, not North America, THE WORLD!
Patricia Schultz, author of the book, "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," includes Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in her list of 30 Must-See Museums - alongside such celebrated institutions as The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
It's easy to get here: Two major interstate highways converge downtown, and the local airport - just 10 minutes from downtown - offers 140+ daily flights.
You'll see it in clean streets, smiling faces and an ever-ready eagerness to pitch in and help out with anything you need. That makes a huge difference in the attendee experience!