Why Choose Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is listed as #20 on the New York Times list of 52 Places to Go Worldwide in 2016. Travel experts agree: Grand Rapids is a can’t-miss city. Lonely Planet named it the top U.S. travel destination in 2014. Groupon ranked it as the #1 place to visit in 2015. What’s behind the acclaim? Awesome art, brilliant beer, fantastic food and remarkable recreation – and that’s just for starters. Art is everywhere you look in Grand Rapids, especially during ArtPrize, when 1,600 artists from around the world display their work all over downtown. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the world’s 100 most-visited art museums, is one of three local art museums ¬¬– four, if you count Heritage Hill, one of the nation’s largest and best-preserved historic home districts, as an open-air museum (and we do!). Craft beer is almost as ubiquitous as art here. Grand Rapids was crowned Beer City USA in two consecutive nationwide polls and USA Today named it America’s Best Beer Town. There are more than 40 breweries, cideries and distilleries on the Beer City Ale Trail – including Founders Brewing Company, repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s top five breweries. There’s some great food being served up with all that great beer – and the emphasis is on local, fresh and economical. Wallet Hub ranked Grand Rapids as America’s #2 most affordable foodie city. Downtown offers 100+ restaurants within a 10-minute walk, several of them in the Downtown Market, a dazzling food emporium hosting artisan vendors, an outdoor farm market, classroom kitchens and more. The Market is also a stop on the Grand Rapids Food Trail, a self-guided tour of 30+ delicious destinations. Speaking of trails, Grand Rapids is crisscrossed with biking and hiking paths, giving outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunity to commune with nature. There are 28 excellent golf courses within 15 minutes of the city, and Lake Michigan – named one of the world’s top 25 shorelines by Condé Nast – is just 30 minutes away. For a walk on the even wilder side, visit John Ball Zoo, home to 2,000 animals and many interactive adventures. A different sort of adventure awaits you in downtown’s entertainment district. It’s jam-packed with live music, theatre, comedy, ballet, opera and more. Late-night clubs roll out the red carpet for after-show crowds, which can stroll safely down clean streets or access easy transportation. All this plus a meetings infrastructure rivaling that of much larger cities – and a creative spirit that’s second to none – makes Grand Rapids and ideal choice for your next event.
Distance from Airport
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport
19.31 km from City Center
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
John Ball Zoo
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
DeVos Place Convention Center an SMG Managed Facility
DeVos Place Convention Center is located in Grand Rapids. Ideally equipped for meetings, conventions and trade shows as well as performing arts and touring events, and has the capability of hosting a variety of events simultaneously.
- Exhibit Space> 10,000 sq. mTotal Meeting Space> 10,000 sq. m