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. Experiential Trails
One of the best ways to explore the city is by traversing any of our three experiential trails - each unique and fun in their own ways. Experience Columbus' thriving coffee culture on the Columbus Coffee Trail, check out the city's booming craft beer scene on the Columbus Ale Trail and visit the more than 20 local makers on the Made in Cbus trail. Pick up trail cards for any trail in an Experience Columbus Visitor Center or a participating shop and start exploring your way through the city and earn fun prizes along the way, like a Made in Cbus tote back, or a coffee tumbler.
2. The Jazz & Rib Fest
This annual festival, July 24-26 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. The Journey mural
Just steps from Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convention Center is the walkable Short North Arts District. Explore art galleries, boutiques and great food and drink options here. Make your way to the Graduate Hotel and view the mural that pays homage to the city’s New Americans, including the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country. Download ‘The Journey AR Mural’ app on your phone and see it come to life. It’s the largest augmented reality mural experience in the world!
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!