Welcome to Columbus

Columbus offers something special for everyone, from the No. 1 science center in the country at COSI and the nation’s No. 1 zoo at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to the lively Arena District and, of course, the Ohio State University campus.

Ohio’s capital city has a dynamic business climate, a commitment to diversity, exciting festivals and cultural events, and unique arts and entertainment opportunities.
For more information about the variety in Columbus, visit www.ExperienceColumbus.com or contact a visitor information specialist at 866-397-2657.

Local Attractions

Columbus is packed with fun attractions, including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, voted the No. 1 zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. Along with polar bears and thousands of exotic animals, it’s home to “Jungle” Jack Hanna, the zoo’s director emeritus. COSI, located downtown, was recently named the No. 1 science center in the country for families according to Parents magazine.

The Short North Arts District boasts art galleries, boutiques, trendy nightspots and restaurants. South of downtown — and an easy walk or short cab ride from the convention center — are the Brewery District and German Village, a historic district with restored homes, restaurants, galleries and shops.

See world-class visual art at the Columbus Museum of Art, The King Arts Complex and the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Franklin Park Conservatory is the only botanical garden in the world with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly.

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Restaurant Information

Whether you like gourmet or casual dining, you’ll have a wide variety of dining options in Columbus. Columbus is known for its wealth of locally based independent restaurants. Enjoy a unique dining experience at the 50+ members of Dine Originals Columbus, a group of locally owned restaurants.

Just in downtown and the surrounding entertainment districts, you’ll find more than 100 restaurants offering most every kind of cuisine and settings ranging from contemporary to brew pubs.

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Shopping Information

Whether you’re searching for a unique gift, the latest fashions or a simple souvenir of your visit, Columbus has bustling shopping centers, one-of-a-kind boutiques, outlet stores and art galleries where you can shop till you drop.

The first stop for many shoppers is Easton Town Center, a vast shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Columbus’ northeast side. This don’t-miss destination is designed like a public square, complete with brick streets, lush landscaping, fountains and park benches. Another essential shopping stop is Polaris Fashion Place, an upscale mall just north of Interstate 270. Two levels house several restaurants and more than 140 stores, including the only Saks Fifth Avenue and Von Maur in the area.

For a change of pace, head to the funky Short North Arts District just north of downtown. This eclectic strip of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars runs along High Street. Look for the lighted arches spanning the street throughout the district. Nearby, the bustling North Market public marketplace is home to more than 30 merchants under one roof.

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