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Welcome Thirty-One Gifts!

Welcome to Columbus, Thirty-One Consultants! We're so glad you chose to attend your Conference in our city and 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 just for you.

 

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Must See Spots

To help you explore Thirty-One Gifts' hometown, we've put together a list of great places to visit around the convention. Here are some must see spots:

1. New attractions throughout the city 

Chances are, even if you've been to Columbus before, there are new attractions here that you haven't been to yet! If you brought your family along, make sure to check out the Scotts Miracle Gro Foundation's Childrens Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or the brand-new LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Easton. The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum along the Scioto Mile is a great place to visit for history buffs. 

 

2. The Jazz & Rib Fest

This annual festival, July 19-21 on the Scioto Mile, offers three days of continuous jazz by renowned international and local musicians while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for Best Ribs bragging rights.

 

3. 'As We Are' at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

This interactive 14-foot sculpture is now on display in the convention center’s north atrium. Concepted by local artist Matthew Mohr, the piece, shaped like a universal human head, is made from ribbons of ultrabright LED screens and equipped with a photo booth capable of taking 3-D portraits, which are then projected on the face of “As We Are.”

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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!

 

7. 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!

 

8. 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.

 

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!