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General Columbus Information:

You’ll love exploring the place that is fast becoming known as one of the nation’s most creative, forward-thinking and exciting cities. Celebrated for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings; exciting collegiate and professional sports teams and events; and spectacular riverfront with a sprawling ribbon of parkland on the Scioto Mile through downtown, this city on the move has something for everyone

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. Convention attendees are at the center of these neighborhoods, and many of the highlights are accessible on foot from the Greater Columbus Convention Center or by a short ride on the free CBUS circulator.

Columbus’ incredible food scene features top-ranked chefs, a rich farm-to-table movement, one-of-a-kind restaurants and creative artisan desserts, beers, wines and spirits. Columbus has consistently gained national recognition for its food scene in recent years and offers more than 100 restaurants in walking distance of the convention center, with the largely local options ranging from fast-casual to fine-dining and everything in between.

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AirConnect - Express bus service runs between John Glenn International, the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) and downtown hotels. The connector stops at baggage claim every 30 minutes and costs $2.75 each way.

CBUS - The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) operates bus service in Columbus. The CBUS is a free downtown circulator that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District in the north to the Brewery District/German Village in the south, with stops at many popular downtown locations along the way.

You can also use alternative transportation services such as Uber, Lyft and CoGo (bike-sharing) to get around the city. We have a full guide on ways to get around Columbus - by bus, bike and car. 

Click here for more transportation information!


Columbus Coffee Trail

Grab a coffee trail card to explore one of the best coffee scenes in the Midwest and taste what happens when quality and collaboration come first. Buy a drink and get your card stamped at four or more shops and redeem your card for a free Columbus Coffee T-Shirt. (Trail cards can be picked up at participating coffee shops or at the Experience Columbus Visitor Center in the Convention Center.)


Columbus Ale Trail

Columbus' beer scene is booming - more than half of the 37 breweries have opened in the last five years and the Columbus Ale Trail is a fun way to explore them! Make a purchase to get a stamp and progress on the trail to earn swag. (Pick up your Columbus Ale Trail Volume 3 book at any participating Central Ohio brewery or at the Experience Columbus Visitor Center in the Convention Center.)


Made in CBUS Trail

Columbus takes pride in the wealth of locally owned businesses, restaurants, shopping and attractions all across the city. Experience Columbus has curated a collection of local makers. Shop at any four to earn a free t-shirt to commemorate your visit.


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