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Experience Columbus

Columbus is a city built on bold ideas and fueled by relentless optimism. As a community, we tend to dream big. We let nothing stop us from turning today's dreams into better tomorrows. t's more important than ever to look forward.  As friends, neighbors, and family, the Columbus commnity believes in living to love. Live to give back. And show the world all that's possible when you #LIVEFORWARDCBUS.

MUST EAT

Short North - some of the most celebrated spots to eat and drink in Columbus are in the Short North Arts District, steps away from the Convention Center and host hotels!  Get immersed in the District's culinary culture at one of the many innovative restaurants, craft breweries, or artisan cafés, featuring everything from local fare to international cuisine.  Whether it's fine dining or a dive bar, take a bite out of the Short North Arts District.  Download the Eat & Drink Guide and remember, it's all a convenenient short stroll from your hotel room to a dining experience!

North Market - Central Ohio’s historic public market since 1876, featuring fresh and prepared foods, authentic ethnic cuisine, flowers, wine and beer, unique gifts and cookware.  A mere block away from the Convention Center and conveniently located behind the Hilton hotel, you won't want to pass up your chance to grab a bite at this unique eatery.  Check out the goods here!


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - Don’t miss Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, crafter by James Beard Award-winning chef Jeni Britton Bauer. Named one of the best ice cream spots in the US by Food & Wine.  Because we know you'll fall in love with this local favorite, visit them first online to wet your taste buds!

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants – From The Avenue Steak Tavern, an all-occasion steakhouse in Grandview to The Pearl, a restaurant, tavern and oyster room serving made-from-scratch comfort food in the Short North Arts District, this Columbus-born brand has a great range of dining options.  Explore tastier pastures here!


MUST SEE

German Village - Herzlich Willkommen! A hearty welcome to German Village, Columbus’ premier downtown neighborhood and one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. Here, you will also find The Book Loft with 32 rooms of books at bargain prices, along withgreeting cards, posters, music CDs, DVDs, puzzles and more

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Displays the world’s largest collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork in a botanical garden. Seasonal exhibitions rotate year-round. Be sure not to miss the Scott’s Miracle Gro Children’s Garden if visiting with the kids!

Columbus Museum of Art – This museum, designed by a local architect, features gallery space for the museum’s permanent collection, and a bright area for special exhibitions. An outdoor sculpture garden and excellent new restaurant make it a great spot to enjoy any time of day.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Located on downtown’s Scioto Mile, this museum is the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the fallen—across all branches of service and all eras of conflict—are told together.


MUST DO

Scioto Mile - 253 acres of parkland in downtown Columbus features miles of multi-use trails stretching from Bicentennial Plaza in the south to North Bank Park in the North. This is a great spot to take a stroll and enjoy both the city and nature. The country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall is accessible from paths along the river at Scioto Audubon Metropark. Just east of the Scioto Mile is Columbus Commons, a six-acre park in downtown Columbus with more than 240 programs and events each year.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Home to more than 11,000 animals representing nearly 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course.

COSI – A top-rated science center with more than 300 interactive exhibits in downtown Columbus. Don’t miss the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. Voted #1 Science Museum in the Nation by USA Today’s 10Best!

Columbus Coffee Trail & Columbus Ale Trail – Grab a coffee trail card to explore one of the best coffee scenes in the Midwest and taste what happens when quality and collaboration come first—or pick up a Brew Book to experience Columbus’ booming beer scene, boasting highly regarded production breweries to nano breweries.