Destination: Lansing

Michigan’s capital city will please both meeting planners and attendees.

Michigan’s fifth-largest city offers the essentials that planners are looking for and all the extras attendees want:

Central convention center. The state-of-the-art Lansing Center is located in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Featuring panoramic views of the downtown area, it has more than 175,000 square feet of contemporary space, including nearly 72,000 square feet of column-free exhibit halls and 20 breakout rooms. It also is connected to abundant parking options and the Radisson Hotel via a covered walkway.

Historical venues. Built in 1858, the Turner-Dodge House and Historical Center is a beautiful piece of Classical Revival architecture that hosts groups of up to 100 people. For larger gatherings, there’s the restored Grand Ledge Opera House, which originally opened in 1884; it accommodates 300 guests indoors and 200 guests outdoors.

Top-notch speakers. As home to state government and Michigan State University , Lansing provides access to influential minds who can inspire attendees as guest speakers and industry experts. Whether the agenda includes a legislative panel or a memorable keynote from an academic insider, events can benefit by leveraging local thought leaders. —S.W.

Lansing Fast Facts

Recent and Future Association Meetings: Michigan Assisted Living Association’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Michigan Assessors Association’s Spring School, County Road Association’s Highway Conference 2017

Total Sleeping Rooms: 2,331

Lansing Center Exhibit Space Square Footage: 72,000

Distance From Capital Region International Airport To Downtown: 6 miles

The Lugnuts, Lansing's minor-league baseball team. (Kyle Castle)

Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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