Columbus Rules for Group Travel


Ohio's capital city is the place to be, and we have national media talking. The Washington Post calls Columbus "A Certified Food Lovers' Town," National Geographic Traveler says we're one of the Global Top 10 Best Fall Trips, and Forbes has named us the No. 4 Best City for Shopping in America.


As a recipient of 10 American Bus Association "Top 100 Events," Columbus is within easy access by motorcoach or air, and we have convenient options to get around for groups of all sizes once you're here.


Home to a wide array of attractions and events as diverse as our city, we're proud to have America's No. 1 zoo - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; No. 1 ice cream - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams; and No. 1 science center - COSI.


Columbus is a leader in experiential tours with more than 70 behind-the-scenes and VIP experiences. You can see a sample of our most popular and best-rated experiences here.


Below you will find some of the best attractions, destination areas and lodging throughout Columbus that are ideal for groups.


Group Tour Partners


Cambridge/Guernsey County CVB - Nestled 80 miles southeast of Columbus, Guernsey County is home to Salt Fork State Park and Dickens Victorian Village. Discover the small town charm and unique attractions located here. 627 Wheeling Ave., Ste 200, 43725 | 740-432-2022

CVB of Worthington - Located nine miles north of Columbus, Worthington is home to unique, group-friendly spots such as the historic, revered Worthington Inn and The Candle Lab where guests hand-pour their own soy candle. 777 High St., 43085 | 614-841-2545

Destination Grandview - Just outside of downtown, Grandview boasts a diverse array of shopping, nightlife, locally-owned boutiques and microbreweries. 2015 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 140, 43212 | 614-486-0196

Dublin CVB - Irish is an attitude in this distinct northwest Columbus neighborhood known for its annual Irish Festival each August and breadth of group experiences with an Irish twist. 9 S. High St., 43017 | 614-792-7666

Gahanna CVB - Known as Ohio's Herb Capital, this destination on the city's northeast side is home to the Ohio Herb Education center and a host of group experiences with a little extra spice. 167 Mill St., 43230 | 614-418-9114

German Village Society - Columbus' premier downtown historic district, German Village is known for its beautiful architecture, one-of-a-kind VIP tours that give groups exclusive access, and Schmidt's cream puff. 588 S. 3rd St., 43215 | 614-221-8888

Grove City CVB - Located just outside Columbus city limits on the city's southwest side, Grove City is home to beautiful parks, a local winery, a historic theater and more. 3378 Park St., 43213 | 614-539-8747


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Director Emeritus "Jungle" Jack Hanna invites you to his home zoo, rated No. 1 in the nation by USA Travel Guide. The newest addition, "Heart of Africa" takes visitors up-close in a true-to-life 45-acre setting where guest can feed a giraffe and ride a camel. 9990 Riverside Dr., 43065 | 614-724-3787

COSI - COSI is a dynamic science center rated No. 1 in the country by Parents magazine. Groups discover a host of traveling exhibits and mainstays such as a state-of-the-art planetarium and two-story unicycle experience. 333 W. Broad St., 43215 | 614-228-2674 x2542

Easton Town Center - As one of the nation's premier shopping destinations, visitors can shop local while also enjoying nationally-known specialty stores such as American Girl, Nordstrom and Tiffany & Co. 160 Easton Town Center, 43219 | 614-337-2200

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - In addition to an outstanding array of luscious gardens and greenhouse habitats, the Conservatory is known for its annual Blooms & Butterflies experience and stunning Orchids display. 1777 E. Broad St., 43203 | 614-715-8150

Ohio History Center - Ohio's capital city boasts the state's standout history museum. Come for the newest exhibit where visitors step into a pre-fabricated Lustron home and back into the 1950s. 800 E. 17th Ave., 43211 | 614-297-3219

Signature Wines - Proprietor Kelly Harvey is Ohio's only female winery owner and winemaker. Join her for a tasting and in-depth exploration from grape to glass.3816 April Ln., 43227 | 614-395-2355


Hollywood Casino Columbus - Columbus' full-service casino on the west side of the city featuring gaming, dining and special deals exclusively for groups. 200 Georgesville Rd., 43228 | 614-308-4478

Eldorado Scioto Downs - For 50 years, Eldorado Scioto Downs, formerly Scioto Downs Racino has brought live harness racing to Columbus. Now, with the addition of 2,100 gaming terminals, it's a complete destination for groups with gaming, dining, live entertainment and more! 6000 S. High St., 43207 | 614-295-4700


Embassy Suites Dublin - The beautiful Embassy Suites Dublin, located in Northwest Columbus offers over 13,000-sq.-ft. of flexible meeting space. All guests enjoy the complimentary breakfast in the morning and evening manager's reception. 5100 Upper Metro Pl. | 614-790-9000

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Airport - Hampton Inn hotels offer spacious guest rooms full of thoughtful amenities complemented by friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.4280 International Gateway, 43219 | 614-235-0717

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Downtown - Located across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center with an indoor pool, in-room coffee and motorcoach parking nearby. Complimentary breakfast and Internet access. 501 N. High St., 43215 | 614-324-9028

Hampton Inn & Suites OSU - New hotel close to The Ohio State University with large flat lot parking. Features complimentary breakfast, Internet and indoor salt water pool. Easy access to interstates and attractions. 3160 Olentangy River Rd., 43202 | 614-268-8700

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport - The Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport offers 156 guestrooms and everything you need right were you need it. 24-hour complimentary shuttle service to Port Columbus International Airport is available and offers a local shuttle that travels in a 5 mile radius of the hotel including Easton Town Center. 4265 Sawyer Rd., 43219 | 614-231-2869

Hilton Garden Inn OSU - This hotel located near The Ohio State University features 87 double rooms, microwave, fridge, indoor pool, Garden Grill restaurant, pavilion lounge, evening room service and complimentary Internet and bus parking. 3232 Olentangy River Rd., 43202 | 614-263-7200

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus/Polaris - The Holiday Inn Express Polaris is conveniently located off I-71, within minutes from Polaris Fashion Place shopping mall, one of the largest retail districts in the state, The Holiday Inn Express Polaris helps you to Stay Smart through sophisticated design and innovative technology for both the business and leisure traveler. 2015 Polaris Pkwy., 43240 | 614-396-5100

Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol Square - Located on the corner of 4th and Town streets, this downtown hotel has on-site dining, meet/greet service, indoor pool, bus parking, in-room parking and free wireless Internet access. 175 E. Town St., 43215 | 614-242-3902

Holiday Inn Worthington - The only re-launched Holiday Inn in central Ohio. As a result, the rooms are essentially brand new, large and well appointed, including complimentary high-speed Internet access. Approximately nine miles from many nearby attractions including the Zoo, OSU and downtown.7007 N. High St. | 614-436-0700

The Westin Columbus - Historic hotel adjacent to the Southern Theatre. This hotel has 43 double rooms, High Street Grill, Thurber's Bar and on-site bus parking available. 310 S. High St., 43215 | 614-220-7040

La Quinta Inn & Suites Hilliard - Just off I-70 and surrounded by shopping and restaurants, this hotel makes it easy to rest in style whether you're visiting Columbus or traveling across country. Enjoy contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs, and start your day with complimentary breakfast.5510 Trabue Rd., 43228 | 614-878-8844