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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.

GR 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!

Here's how it works:

  1. Get the FREE GR Attendee Exclusives digital pass by clicking "add to cart".
  2. Use the pass to receive attendee-only discounts to local businesses. 

For participating restaurants and attractions, click Learn More and then get your pass today! 



Flights of Flavor are unique food and/or drink pairings that let you sample multiple flavors at once. You'll find them at some of the area's best restaurants and breweries - and you'll get rewarded for trying them!

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.

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!

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!

Abundant Outdoor Recreation

Picture-perfect beaches. 30+ golf courses. Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. Dozens of lakes and rivers. And it’s all just minutes from the downtown convention neighborhood.

Art & Culture

The largest public art event on the planet, the world’s #1 sculpture park, seven museums and professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater companies – creativity flourishes here!


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.

Incredible Lakeshore

One of the world’s top 25 shorelines (per Travel + Leisure) is just 30-45 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Crystal-clear waters, sugar-sand beaches and glorious sunsets!

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.

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