Meet Ottumwa 102 Church St Ottumwa, IA 52501


• A unique destination with world-class conference facilities
• A wide range of branded and historic accommodations
• Locally owned and locally grown dining
• Memorable activities and attractions that entertain, educate and unite.
• Dedicated and passionate community support

Breathe new life into your event in Ottumwa. With the largest event venue in Southeast Iowa and accommodations for all interests and budgets, diverse dining experiences, and memorable activity options, Ottumwa offers a unique and versatile backdrop for your next meeting or event.

Meeting Venues - Bridge View Center, opened in 2007, is nestled on the banks of the Des Moines River and is the crown jewel for the City of Ottumwa. This 92,000-square-foot complex features an expo hall, adjoining conference/meeting space, a state-of-the-art theater, and the Grand Lobby. It is the premier destination in Southeast Iowa for concerts, theatrical events, and conventions.

Accommodations - Ottumwa has over six hundred rooms for every taste and budget. There are historic hotels, flag brands and intimate bed and breakfasts. Our Hotel Planning Committee will work to secure the best room blocks possible. All properties are less than four miles from the Bridge View Center but in the fall of 2021, Springhill Suites by Marriott will open a 96 - room property attached to the Bridge View Center.

Dining - Ottumwa's cultural diversity is reflected in its food. From award-winning Latin cuisine to family-owned icons to great American barbecue, Ottumwa is home to over a dozen award winning restaurants. Farm to table is not a phrase in Ottumwa, it is a way of life. Let our team get creative and plan a memorable off – site reception or dine around for your group.

Attractions and Activities – We are ready to plan that “postable” activity for your group. Hike on Ottumwa's 16 miles of river trails. Check out the Video Game Capital of the World Museum. Visit the American Gothic House & Center. Cool off at the Beach Ottumwa Waterpark. Visit an antique aviation museum. Take a historic tour of one of Ottumwa’s seven historic districts. Golf at one of our 2 courses. Coming in the winter? Let us plan a Bald Eagle Watch tour. Looking for something new and different for your meeting? Our planning team will make it happen.

Community Support - The Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will galvanize the entire community to support your event. Among the services we provide:
• Local Host Planning Committee Liaison
• Gift bags for conference attendees
• Coordination of sponsorship opportunities and social media campaign
• Meeting facilities and lodging information liaison services
• Publicity and media assistance including a social media campaign
• Welcome address arrangements
• Site inspection visits
• Destination photos for event marketing materials
• Registration assistance
• Tour and activity arrangements
• Community information materials

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Meet Ottumwa Details


# of Sleeping Rooms (within 1 mile radius) 613
# of Sleeping Rooms in City 613


Largest Dedicated Function Space (sf) 23000
Largest Dedicated Function Room (sf) 23000
Smallest Dedicated Function Space (sf) 250
Smallest Dedicated Function Room (sf) 250
# of Function Rooms 20


Largest Dedicated Exhibit Space (sf) 30000
Smallest Dedicated Exhibit Space (sf) 250
# of Exhibit Halls 8


Average Seasonal Temperature (fall) 55
Average Seasonal Temperature (spring) 60
Average Seasonal Temperature (summer) 85
Average Seasonal Temperature (winter) 35
Distance to Airport (miles) 75

Closest Airport

Closest Airport - Des Moines International Airport

Destination Services

Bus Loading/Unloading, Coordination of Site Visits, Destination Management, Local Transportation Assistance, Meet and Greet, Step on Guide