gardens, and the venue can handle all
types of corporate meetings and occasions.
Outdoor events make it a premier choice,
according to Nelson.
“Frederik Meijer is a favorite for groups,”
Nelson said. “It offers something differ-
ent with the outdoor setting amid all the
sculptures and gardens. We’re doing so
much more in the way of outdoor events—
on bridges overlooking the river to dinners
in parks. It allows people to really immerse
themselves in our unique environment and
Grand Rapids Art Museum also sets the
stage for memorably artistic off-sites for
groups. The LEED Gold-certified venue
features more than 5,000 works of art and
hosts a popular Creativity Uncorked hands-
on weekly event for anyone to drop in. Yoga
evenings amid the renowned art collection
are even part of the event program.
For active attendees, outdoor recreation
is readily available in and around Grand
Rapids, including hiking, biking, kayaking,
canoeing or simply taking a trip to the
beaches along Lake Michigan, located
30 minutes west of the city. The region
boasts 50 lakes and four rivers, including
the Grand River, the state’s longest, which
runs right through downtown. Companies
such as GR Paddling and Grand River
Canoe and Kayak can arrange waterborne
Meanwhile, a project is currently under
way to put the rapids back into the Grand
River by 2025, which will make it even
more attractive for outdoor enthusiasts
seeking a thrill—right outside the convention center and hotels.
“One of reasons we’ve become a huge
group destination is because we have
something for every type of interest,
whether you’re into arts and music, breweries, food or the outdoors,” said Stephanie
Kotschevar, public relations manager for
Experience Grand Rapids.
Grand Wayne Center is more than an event
facility — it’s an experience, carefully
crafted to simplify every event planner’s
To-Do list with:
• Luxurious, carpeted meeting and expo spaces
• On-site AV, catering, and event management
• Free high performance WiFi for up to 5,000 users
• Fort Wayne, Indiana’s friendly, bustling
• 225,000 sf of divisible, carpeted, fully equipped
event spaces • 4500 theatre • 3100 banquet
• 2880 classroom • 18 meeting rooms • 500 attached
guest rooms and covered parking • Free WiFi and
Room set • Complimentary event hosting and Guest
120 West Jefferson Boulevard | Fort Wayne, IN 46802 | grandwayne.com | 260.426.4100
The Midwest’s Favorite Drive-To Destination!
Easy by Air via Fort Wayne International (FWA).
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