If you’re looking for a place to hold your next family, school or military reunion – or any get-together of far-flung friends and relations – you should consider Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Easy To Get To

Grand Rapids is centrally located, about halfway between Chicago and Detroit, and within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population. Our Gerald R. Ford International Airport offers daily nonstop flights to/from 30+ cities across the country, and it’s been named one of the easiest, friendliest, cleanest and overall best airports in North America.

Easy to Afford

Your reunion attendees’ money will stretch further in Grand Rapids, which is consistently recognized as one of America’s most economical cities – as in 2023, when Travel + Leisure ranked us the #2 Most Beautiful & Affordable City to Live in the U.S. Our lower cost of living means you’ll enjoy Midwest value in lodging, food and entertainment. We have hotels, restaurants and attractions for every budget and taste.

World-Class Fun

Affordable doesn’t mean boring, however. Grand Rapids is jam-packed with world-class activities and events to rival much larger cities. We’re Beer City, USA, home to 40+ breweries and the Beer City Brewsader® digital passport, and America’s Craft Beverage Capital, with cideries, coffee roasters, distilleries, meaderies and wineries galore. We’re also a Top 20 U.S. Foodie City and the first in the nation to offer a food + drink flight pass: Flights of Flavor.

Our Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is America’s #1 Sculpture Park and we’re 1 of the 10 Best Cities in the U.S. to see Amazing Art (both per USA Today). We host the world’s most visited art event, ArtPrize, in fall every year, and the Midwest’s largest winter festival, World of Winter, each January through early March.

Downtown Grand Rapids boasts 200+ restaurants, shops, museums, nightclubs and entertainment venues within a 10-minute walk, offering your group endless opportunities for clean, safe, big-city fun. If your attendees are into the outdoors, we have 30+ golf courses, dozens of lakes and rivers, hundreds of miles of hiking/biking trails and more than 170 parks within minutes of the city center. Plus, the sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan are just 30-45 minutes away.

Flights of Flavor Promo at Broad Leaf Brewery + Spirits - Westside.

Enjoy food and drink flights with our Flights of Flavor digital pass!

Photo by Aly Zuiderveen for Experience GR

Reunion Venues

From lush green parks to food-forward breweries to historic banquet halls to the 234,000 sq. ft. DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids has venues for reunions of every size, budget and interest. Many of them can accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices as well as special dietary requirements, presentation technologies, live music and more.

Expert Assistance

We know planning a reunion of any kind is a lot of work. When you’re planning a reunion in Grand Rapids, you can reach out to our Specialty Sales Manager, Britny Avery, for help with personalized recommendations, itinerary assistance and hotel sourcing for your event. We want you and your group to have a grand time in Grand Rapids!

Family at the John Ball ZooPlay Their Way 2023
Family at the John Ball ZooPlay Their Way 2023

John Ball Zoo is fun for all ages during your family reunion!

Photo by Aly Zuiderveen for Experience GR

Family Reunions

Grand Rapids is perfect for a family reunion because it has things to see and do for all ages. We’re ranked one of the best places in the U.S. to raise a family, and we excel at family-friendly experiences like the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Lena Meijer Children’s Museum at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, John Ball Zoo, Deer Tracks Junction Adventure Park and many more. In fact, we’re known as a place where kids (and parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and in-laws) can Play Their Way.

Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Grand Rapids

Stone pillars honor war veterans at Veterans Memorial Park.

Photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR

Military Reunions

Grand Rapids has always been a city that honors those who serve, and we are privileged to host a wide variety of military reunions. Veterans and their families enjoy visiting our Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, America’s most entertaining presidential museum, Veterans Memorial Park, with stone pillars honoring WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War vets, and the veteran-owned HAS HEART coffee shop, all in downtown GR. Less than an hour away, the USS Silversides Museum includes a tour of a WWII submarine, and the LST 393 Veterans Museum welcomes visitors aboard a historic warship.

Couples at Monroe Center
Couples at Monroe Center

There's a place for everyone in Grand Rapids.

Photo by Ideology for Experience GR.

Other Reunions

Other aspects of Grand Rapids lend themselves to a whole host of other reunions. We’ve been named 1 of 6 Unexpected Destinations Full of Black History (Essence Magazine), the Safest U.S. City for LGBTQ Singles (LawnStarter), a Top 10 Place for Older Travelers to Visit (Expedia), a Top 10 City for People with Disabilities (WalletHub), America’s Top Minor-League Sports Market (Sports Business Journal), America’s Greenest (eco-conscious) City, the #2 U.S. City for Soul Searchers (Livability), and much more.

Let us show you why Grand Rapids is the perfect site for your reunion!