Welcome to Columbus

Getting to Know Columbus

Columbus, OH, is a thriving Midwest city with lots of great amenities, things to do, and places to eat with convenient options close to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Expo Hotels. We've compiled a list of some suggested things to do along with restaurants and bars we think Expo attendees will enjoy. We hope you will take some time during your visit to explore Columbus and everything it has to offer.  

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Things to Do

Things to Do Guide

Short North Arts District

With its historic lighted arches lining High Street, the Short North got its name back in the day because of its position north of downtown Columbus and short of the University District. Today, it’s home to 300+ businesses, many of which are locally owned or headquartered, like restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, DIY food and fun experiences, rooftop bars and entertainment options.

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Visit this poignant museum that shares veterans’ journeys across all branches through personal artifacts, images, and films. Permanent exhibitions include 14 themed galleries, memorials, and educational resources for civilians in support of veterans.

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Nationwide Arena

A five-minute walk from the hotel, this multi-purpose arena is home to year-round entertainment, including NHL hockey, world-class concerts, and live entertainment in Columbus.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers one of the most exciting and adventurous attractions Columbus has to offer. The Zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals from all corners of the globe. If you’re looking for more than just an animal adventure, you can enjoy the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay Water Park or the 18-hole Safari Golf Club, both of which are located next to the Zoo.

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Places to Eat/Drink

Columbus Restaurant Guide

FYR Short North

FYR represents the metaphorical hearth of downtown Columbus with the centerpiece of the kitchen being a wood-fired grill. The use of fire and smoke is incorporated into most dishes to bring the historical ritual of cooking over an open flame tableside.

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Marcella’s, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late-night snack.

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The Pearl

The Pearl is a well-polished culinary jewel that features seasonal seafood, unique shareables, handcrafted cocktails and more in a dining experience influenced by eclectic décor that is stylish and nostalgic.

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The Guild House

Our culinary team, or “culinary guild,” is proud to debut The Guild House, an artisan eatery featuring creative American cuisine available for dinner. We proudly source locally grown ingredients whenever possible.

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Serving up authentic, Mexican street fare, and a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Bakersfield is a spot where the food is simple, the service is warm and the atmosphere is alive.

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Forno Kitchen + Bar is a unique stone-fired dining experience. Meaning “oven” in Italian (and a number of other romantic languages), you’ll find the right touch of heat when you step into Forno Kitchen + Bar. Our kitchen offers American cuisine which is finished in our stone-fired oven. From shareable plates to sizable entrees, everyone will find something they like.

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Denmark on High

Denmark is a Euro-style cocktail venue in the heart of Columbus’ Entertainment District, (Just across High Street from the main doors of Columbus Convention Center). Vintage and modern cocktails are hand crafted at Denmark using quality ingredients and spirits. Our Lite-Contemporary menu is moderately priced. It features Gourmet flatbreads, European-style open-faced sandwiches with accompaniments, Koldt and cheese boards.

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Short North Pint House and Beer Garden

Offering an exceptional selection of beers on tap, a full bar, and large selection of "Pub Grub" which includes appetizers, homemade entrees, tasty burgers, sandwiches, and salads. We are proud to be The Short North's only beer garden offering Tap Takeovers, Gallery Hop Live Artist Paintings, Beer Chicken Night, and More!

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