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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    EXGR Recognitions

    Experience Grand Rapids Earns Acclaim!

    Diamond Award for Best E-Newsletter, Michigan Society of Association Executives,

    September 2013

    "The official destination marketing organization for Grand Rapids, MI - has received a Diamond Award for its e-newsletter from the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) at the 11th Annual Diamond Awards program.Launched in 2011, the Rapid Exchange e-newsletter engages the DMO's community members and partners on organization highlights."

    Best ArtsCollaboration: Culture Pass GR, Destination Marketing Association International

    July 2012

    "Partnering with Grand Rapid’s Cultural Marketing Group, Experience GrandRapids developed “Culture Pass Grand Rapids”, a discount pass for residents and visitors. This multi-pronged initiative collectively provides the partnering organizations’ members and subscribers’ a benefit of discounts and special offers from all the  Cultural Pass GR, while offering visitors to the region and the local community the same discounts, thus raising awareness of the diverse and numerous arts and cultural opportunities year round."

    Communicator of the Year: EXGR CEO Doug Small, Public Relations Society of America, West Michigan Chapter


     2nd Best Social Media Campaign, Michigan Society of Association Executives

    2011 & 2012



    Top 10 Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Religious Conference Manager Praise Award, 2012



    Silver Davey Award for Creative Excellence, International Academy of the Visual Arts

    November 2011

    "The International Academy of the Visual Arts recently honored ExperienceGrand Rapids with a Silver Davey Award for its website, The annual competition recognizes the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide"


    Diamond Award for Best Web Site, Michigan Society of Association Executives

    September 2011

    "Experience Grand Rapids received high honors for its website at the Michigan Society of Association Executive' (MSAE) 10th Annual Diamond Awards. The awards program recognizes excellence and innovation among its association memebers." 

    Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, Web Marketing Association

    September 2011