Experience Grand Rapids

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Hotels75
Convention center25,270 sq. m
Guest Rooms8,048
Guest rooms at 1 hotel650 guest rooms
Special event venues68
Average room rate$98.92
Restaurants118
Daily food cost$51.00
Occupancy rate
Tax rate15%

Experience Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids: A Super Cool City

Expedia named Grand Rapids one of America’s Super Cool Cities. The New York Times ranked it #20 on its list of 52 Places to Go Worldwide. It was Groupon’s #1 U.S. Place to Visit and Lonely Planet’s Top U.S. Travel Destination. These are just a few of the recognitions the city has earned in the past few years — and just a few reasons Grand Rapids delivers a meeting experience like no other. Located in the western corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, halfway between Chicago and Detroit, Grand Rapids combines big-city cool with small-town warmth. It all begins in a safe, clean downtown, where 200+ restaurants, breweries, shops, museums and entertainment venues sit within a 10-minute walk of 2,100+ hotel rooms and a skywalk-connected convention center. Expedia travel experts were swayed by the city’s awesome art, fantastic food, world-class beer and thriving live-music scene. Public art is everywhere, some of it originally installed as part of the annual ArtPrize event – the world’s richest, most radically open art competition. Downtown is home to two art museums and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the world’s 100 most visited art museums, is just 15 minutes away. The artistic spirit extends to the dining scene. Grand Rapids was named the best food city in the state by Thrillist. Local restaurants delight patrons with an astonishing variety of creative farm-to-fork cuisine and the Grand Rapids Food Trail spotlights a wide variety of delicious discoveries – such as the Downtown Market, which brings 20+ artisan food vendors, classroom kitchens and a dizzying schedule of innovative food events under one greenhouse-covered roof. Creativity also abounds in the craft brewing community. The reigning Beer City USA titleholder and a multi-year winner of USA Today’s Best Beer Scene award, Grand Rapids boasts an “Ale Trail” of 80+ breweries. Visit eight of them to become an official Beer City Brewsader®. Grand Rapids offers plenty of biking and hiking trails, too, along with vast stretches of parkland and dozens of excellent golf courses, all within minutes of the city center. The sugar-sand beaches and glorious sunsets of Lake Michigan – hailed as one of the world’s top 25 shorelines – are as close as 30 minutes from downtown. All of this, plus outstanding meeting infrastructure and exceptional support services, make Grand Rapids a perfect site for your next event!

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Distance from airport

  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport

    19.31 km from city center

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Local Attractions

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Museum
15 mi. away
Michigan's second most popular tourist attraction ... one of the world's 100 most visited art museums ... one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet. These are just some of the accolades earned by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, this 132-acre haven integrates horticulture and sculpture throughout its site, setting it apart from other more traditional botanic garden or art museum experiences.
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49525

John Ball Zoo

Museum
2 mi. away
This classic urban zoo is located two miles west of downtown Grand Rapids, just off the 1-96 expressway. John Ball Zoo is home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents. Habitats include: • Mokomboso Valley Chimpanzee Exhibit • South American Boardwalk • North American Trek • Treasures of the Tropics • Living Shores Aquarium • Red's Hobby Farm • Lions of Lake Manyara • Sting Ray Lagoon • Far Side of the World Trail • Budgie Aviary The zoo also features a number of kid-friendly rides and activities: • Funicular to the Forest Realm - a tram ride up to the second highest ridge in Grand Rapids • Zipline - a four-story, 300-foot "fly" over the zoo • Sky Trail Ropes Course - four stories tall with two climbing levels • Camel Rides • Swan Paddle Boats A spacious park at the entrance of the zoo is perfect for picnicking. Bring bread to feed the ducks! The park also is the site of Jazz at the Zoo, a free concert series held Monday evenings from June through August.
1300 W. Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49504

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Museum
0 mi. away
Founded in 1845, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is among the oldest history museums in the United States. Not that you'd be able to tell from its sparkling facility, which rises three stories above the downtown riverfront. Inside, a fascinating panorama of permanent collections and temporary exhibits preserve the treasures of the past and the present. Permanent collections include: Anishnabek: The People of This Place, exploring Native American contributions to West Michigan. Collecting A-Z, presenting just some of the million or so objects the Museum has collected. Furniture City, a history of the city's furniture manufacturing excellence. Habitats, which transports visitors through the natural environments of Michigan. Newcomers: The People of This Place, celebrating immigrant groups who helped make Grand Rapids what it is today. Streets of Old Grand Rapids, a detailed recreation of an 1890s street scene.
272 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49504

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Museum
0 mi. away
The Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive, hands-on experience that encourages self-directed exploration. Eighteen permanent exhibits include Aunt Daisy's Farm, Mom & Pop Store, Treehouse, Giant Lite Brite, Wee Discover, Wee Bank, Puppet Stage, Buzzy Buzzy Bees and Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! These are supplemented with rotating featured exhibits that engage and encourage young minds and bodies. The Children's Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids, just a short walk from hotels. The 1916-era building is hard to miss: large expanses of plate glass give passersby a view of the fun inside and one exterior wall is covered with a large mosaic that was originally installed for ArtPrize 2009.
11 Sheldon Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49503

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Museum
0 mi. away
Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States wasn't born in Grand Rapids - but he was raised here and represented the city in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949-1973. Richard Nixon selected him to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President in 1973, and Ford assumed the Presidency less than a year later in the wake of Nixon's resignation. All of this and more is brought to engaging life at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. Permanent exhibits include a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, a Watergate gallery, interactive Cabinet Room, 1976 Bicentennial display, and a section of the Berlin Wall. Additional exhibits pay tribute to the life and influence of Betty Ford, who is credited with paving the way for modern First Ladies.
303 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49504

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Museum
0 mi. away
Founded in 1977, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center and a dynamic, multidisciplinary laboratory for the advancement of the art of our time.
2 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49503

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Museum
0 mi. away
The Art Museum's history extends back to 1910, but its current facility was erected in 2007. Newsweek magazine promptly named it one of the best buildings of the year: "This cool and modernist building ... is the first newly constructed ‘green' museum in the United States, designed to be LEED certified." Situated on the edge of Rosa Parks Circle - downtown's community square - GRAM has become one of the city's iconic architectural landmarks. The works on display inside the building are just as impressive. Collections range from Renaissance to Modern Art, with a special focus on 19th and 20th century European and American art.
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI, US 49503

Convention Centers

  • 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 Space10,219 sq. m
      Total meeting space10,219 sq. m