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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Looking for fun and easy things to do outside meeting hours? Check out some of Grand Rapids’ most popular recreation and entertainment options below. Everything is close and convenient to your hotel and meeting site, so you can experience it all while you’re here.

Downtown Dining

There are so many great options within walking distance of the hotel. Explore all of the restaurant options and use the map to see what is close by.
If you are out on the town with larger groups; we recommend the below options:
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One of the best things about meeting in a new host city is the opportunity to get out and explore local flavors. One of the best things about meeting in Grand Rapids is the abundance of dining options within a casual stroll of our convention center. We’ve compiled a list of eateries located a…

Group Friendly Restaurants (Size of group accommdations may vary)


  • 60 Ottawa Ave. NW

Farm-to-Table Dining

Named one of America’s top 20 foodie cities, Grand Rapids is home to one of the world’s best growing regions and one of the nation’s top culinary schools – a delectable combination!

Award-Winning Beer & Craft Beverages

USA Today has saluted Grand Rapids as America’s Best Beer City and Craft Beverage Capitol, thanks to our 80+ breweries, distilleries, cideries, wineries, meaderies and coffee roasters.

Grand Rapids Attendee Exclusives

Be sure to sign up for GR Attendee Exclusives before you visit. You’ll enjoy special attendee-only discounts at local restaurants and attractions, just by showing your smartphone!

Things to Do for Attendees

There is so much to see and do in Grand Rapids that we encourage everyone to plan on coming in early (or staying late) to explore the city! Here are some of our recommendations for tours and attractions during your stay.

Tours & Attractions

Fantastic Family Fun

Often hailed as one of the best places in America to raise a family, Grand Rapids is also a great place to bring the family along on a convention trip. Activities for every age and interest!

Check out these events happening in Grand Rapids!

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September 13, 2024 - September 28, 2024

ArtPrize 2024

Getting to and Around Grand Rapids

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named the best in North America for its size a few years ago – and recent multimillion-dollar renovations have made it even better.


Our downtown convention neighborhood includes a dazzling array of after-dark diversions – live-music venues, comedy clubs, sports bars, outdoor concerts and movies, and more.

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