We all know that location matters. But some places lend themselves to unique meeting opportunities better than others just based on the surroundings. The hospitality experts at Marriott Marquis Houston—home of the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river—know a thing or two about connecting attendees to the destination and to each other. Here are some tips for channeling that big-city vibe without losing the down-home feeling.

Spread Out

Bigger is always better in the Lone Star State. When you have 150,000 sq. ft. of event space to work with, you can let your imagination run wild. From grand ballrooms to rooftop terraces and outdoor pavilions, take advantage of all the different ways to Texas by moving meals and sessions from room to room. Or, simply stroll across the skywalk to George R. Brown Convention Center.

Park It

When you are in the middle of everything, you can explore more without boarding a bus or getting behind the wheel. METRORail lines connect visitors to all the best Houston attractions. Explore the theater district to Discovery Green Park, Minute maid Park and Toyota Center. Find your fare at the Biggio’s Sports Bar, known for its Big Dogs and burgers, or indulge in Oaxacan cuisine at the James Beard Award-winning Xochi restaurant, run by the legendary Hugo Ortega. Your guests won’t go hungry if you give them a night on their own.