The Columbus Meeting-Attendee Experience
Columbus is an extremely walkable destination. Cool galleries, unique boutiques, a range of dining options, energetic sporting events and concerts, fun nightlife and hotels are literal steps from the convention center. While meeting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, attendees are only:
- 33 steps to a micro-brewery and local restaurants.
- 275 steps to shopping and dining at the historic North Market.
- 633 steps to NHL Hockey in the Arena District.
Columbus’ vibrant neighborhoods offer endless entertainment options. Collectively, these districts are referred to as the “Five on High” as they sit on a five mile stretch of High Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, and they are packed with restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, galleries and more. In Columbus, convention attendees are at the center of these urban entertainment districts.
Walk or hop on the free CBUS circulator to check out the highlights of these hip hoods:
- Boasts iconic sporting locations such as The Shoe, home of Buckeye football, the Jack Nicklaus Museum, honoring the Columbus-born golf legend, and MAPFRE Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the country and home of the Columbus Crew SC.
- Hosts an under-the-radar art scene featuring the Wexner Center for the Arts and the free Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum, which houses the largest collection of cartoons and comics in the world.
Short North Arts District
- Known as the “art and soul” of Columbus for its unique galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
- Home to some of Columbus’ best-known local dining, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and many concepts by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.
- Destination for spirited sports fans hoping to see NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena or Triple-A baseball’s Columbus Clippers, farm team of the Cleveland Indians, play at Huntington Park, which was named “Ballpark of the Year” four times in its first six years of operation, beating out the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in its first year.
- Regular hangout of lively music lovers at Express Live!, named among the “Top 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.” by Billboard.
- Offers a mix of exciting, new attractions and historic sites like the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio and Palace Theatres and more.
- More than 179 acres of greenspace between the Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile offer urban oases for outdoor recreation.
German Village/ Brewery District
- Quaint and charming, this area is one of the most atmospheric in all of the Midwest and known for its brick streets, charming homes, cozy restaurants and delightful shops. The entire neighborhood is on the National Registrar of Historic Places.
- Former hub of the city’s beer scene offers sips of local favorite ales at Rockmill Tavern alongside world-class entertainment at Shadowbox Live!.
With so much going on, it’s impossible to pack a well-rounded Columbus experience into just one trip! Coming early or staying late? Check out more recommendations for exploring the city’s culture, attractions, food, recreation and more.