When convening in Cleveland, attendees can take time to explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, where they will find entertaining attractions, arts venues, eclectic dining options and more.

“Downtown Cleveland is the heart of this revitalized lakefront city, which has recently invested more than $3.5 billion in visitor-related infrastructure,” said Mike Burns, senior vice president of convention sales and services for Destination Cleveland.

Downtown is anchored by the 750,000-square-foot Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, which offers direct access to the newly opened 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown and its more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

Among the 17 other hotels all situated within a 15-minute walk of the convention center and downtown attractions is The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, which has more than 19,000 square feet of meeting/event space and is undergoing a major renovation.

At press time, the project, including updates to the hotel’s 206 guest rooms, a reconfiguration of its lobby and the creation of a larger redesigned fitness area, was scheduled for completion this fall.

“After groups are finished with meetings for the day, they can head out on foot to explore downtown’s nightlife options,” Burns said. 

On East 4th Street they will find live music, comedy, bowling and bars, and the revitalized Flats East Bank along the Cuyahoga River is a picturesque place where attendees can sing along to their favorite songs at Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar or check out Punch Bowl Social for karaoke, games and bowling. 

“Visiting groups can also explore the world’s only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and have a front row seat to a Rock Hall Induction Ceremony in the new Power of Rock Experience,” Burns added. 

Other notable downtown attractions include Playhouse Square, JACK Cleveland Casino, the 5th Street Arcades shopping area and eateries ranging from Music Box Supper Club to Hofbrauhaus, which serves up ethnic cuisine and polkas.