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    Downtown Convention Neighborhood

    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.


    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.


    Grand Rapids is also accommodating to wheelchair users and other visitors with special needs. Our Accessibility Guide highlights accessibility features at 50+ hotels, attractions and other points of interest. Downtown buses are accessible for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and electric scooters. We’re proud to have been named America’s #2 best city for people with disabilities – and we’re constantly striving to get even better.


    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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