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    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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Downtown Convention Campus

    Downtown Grand Rapids

    Downtown Grand Rapids Convention Campus MapAnchored by DeVos Place Convention Center and Van Andel Arena, our downtown convention campus is compact and easy to navigate. Yet it encompasses an impressive array of amenities and attractions for your attendees to enjoy – including seven hotels, six museums, 100+ shops and restaurants, and a bustling nightlife scene.

    Walkability

    Every city says it’s walkable. Grand Rapids really is – most everything downtown is located within a 10-minute stroll of the convention center. Wide, well-maintained sidewalks, street crossings and pedestrian bridges make ambling a breeze. Attendees who want to avoid breezes or inclement weather can make use of our elevated skywalk, a climate-controlled system that connects the convention center to numerous hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

    Entertainment

    Van Andel Arena, 20 Monroe Live, The Intersection and The Pyramid Scheme welcome the nation’s hottest concert and entertainment acts. DeVos Performance Hall hosts touring Broadway shows as well as the city’s ballet, opera and symphony productions. The B.O.B. features four floors of restaurants and nightclubs. These are just a few of downtown’s 30 live-music venues – many of which make great event sites for your meeting.

    Eight downtown breweries offer a mix of live music, games and other diversions. Concerts, festivals, food trucks and winter ice skating are fixtures of Rosa Parks Circle, named one of America’s great public spaces. Foodies love the Downtown Market Grand Rapids, home to 20+ artisan food vendors, restaurants, cooking classes and culinary events. Your attendees can watch a pro hockey game, swing dance under the stars and tour a dazzling collection of outdoor public art.

    Yes, all of this and more is available within a 10-minute walk.

    Convenience & Safety

    Prefer not to walk? Hop on a free DASH shuttle or Silverline bus. Taxis, trolleys and horse-drawn carriages are also readily available. Ride-sharing choices include Lyft, Runabouts, SteadyFare and Uber. Visitors can stop in the Welcome Center at Grand Rapids Art Museum for assistance and recommendations, or ask the many Certified Tourism Ambassadors™ who staff our hotels, shops and restaurants. (They’ll be wearing a CTA pin.)

    Your attendees can travel the campus without worry – Grand Rapids has been named the second most secure large city in America, and roaming Safety Ambassadors patrol the area seven days a week.

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