Welcome Thirty-One Gifts!
Welcome to Columbus, Thirty-One Gifts attendees! We're so glad you chose to come! Whether you're a first-time visitor or have already been here a few times, we want to help you make this visit one to remember! We hope you notice all of the pink details around the city - we truly value you and wanted to roll out the pink carpet for you.
Things to See, Do and Eat in Columbus
Looking for a bite to eat between sessions? We've got a list of 31 places you need to try, right here.
Or if you just want a special place to reconnect with friends, we've got 31 spots to do that, too! Check it out here.
Get Around Cbus
Need tips for getting around Columbus? It's really pretty easy, and most of what we've told you about is walkable from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Definitely take advantage of the free CBUS Downtown Circulator to get you from the convention area up into the Short North and down to German Village. We've got all the details to get around CBUS.
Must See Spots
To help you explore Thirty-One Gift's hometown, we've put together a list of great places to visit around the convention. Here are five stops:
- First Short North Arch - Just outside the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, you'll find yourself in Columbus' chic Short North Arts District. Full of galleries, restaurants and boutiques, this is truly a local gem. The current arches over High Street are lit up in PINK to celebrate Thirty-One, but the original set was installed in 1888 to celebrate another big meeting - a reunion of Civil War veterans.
- North Market - Midway between Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the North Market is the gem of Columbus' culinary scene. This is a perfect spot for a quick and delicious lunch (save room for dessert!) The 33 vendors range from grocers to restaurants to florists. The North Market is where Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream got its start, and you can still get a scoop there today.
- N. High St. & E. Nationwide Blvd. - Check out the intersection of High Street and Nationwide Boulevard, which has been renamed Thirty-One Way in honor of this year's conference!
- McFerson Commons Park - This historic arch is the last remaining element from Columbus' Union Station, which was on the site of the current Convention Center. This makes a great photo backdrop!
- Huntington Park/Harold Cooper Statue - Just two blocks west of Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park is the home of baseball's Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The park was built in 2009 and has been named the best ballpark in America many times! The statue at the corner of Neil and Nationwide avenues is of Harold Cooper, the man who brought the first pro-baseball team to Columbus in the 1950s.
Shop with US
To celebrate your visit, the Experience Columbus Visitor Centers inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center and at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd., just a block west of Nationwide Arena are offering a 31% discount on every item! Choose from t-shirts, postcards and other souvenirs.
Connect with US
If there's anything we can help you with before, during or after your visit, you can always reach out to us on Twitter @ExpCols or Instagram @experiencecolumbus. And if you want to share the highlight of your trip, use #expcols and #lifeincbus!