Experience Columbus

Experience Columbus

Columbus, Ohio is a thriving Midwestern 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

German Village

Herzlich Willkommen! A hearty welcome to German Village, Columbus' premier downtown neighborhood and one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. The German Village offers some great restaurants and cool shops to explore as well.

Scioto Mile

253 acres of parkland in downtown Columbus features miles of multi-use trails stretching from Bicentennial Plaza in the south to North Bank Park in the North. This is a great spot to take a stroll and enjoy both the city and nature. The country's largest free outdoor climbing wall is accessible from paths along the river at Scioto Audubon Metropark. Just east of the Scioto Mile is Columbus Commons, a six-acre park in downtown Columbus with more than 240 programs and events each year.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Located on downtown's Scioto Mile, this museum is the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen – across all branches of service and all eras of conflict – are told together.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Hand-feed a giraffe at the Heart of Africa exhibit, see a sea lion show at the newest exhibit, Adventure Cove, or see the millions of lights during the holiday season at Wildlights.

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Places to Eat/Drink

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North Market

Located a block away from the Convention Center, the North Market is Central Ohio's historic public market since 1876, featuring fresh and prepared foods, authentic ethnic cuisine, flowers, wine and beer, unique gifts and cookware.

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Located in the German Village, Lindey's is an old-school, special-occasion venue featuring a sophisticated American surf 'n' turf menu & a patio along with amazing craft cocktails.

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Martini Modern Italian

Martini Modern Italian is where timeless and innovative dining intersect, blending contemporary Italian style with classic Italian influence. Dine in a cosmopolitan glow with downtown design and metropolitan energy.

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The Pearl

The Pearl is a well-polished culinary jewel that showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of Ales, Lagers & Stouts. All within one urban and cozy tavern.

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Forno Kitchen and Bar

Located in the heart of the Short North Arts District, 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. Kitchen + Bar 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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Del Mar

Del Mar is a full-service restaurant, offering the best of California-inspired dishes and cocktails. The restaurant pays homage to a SoCal Kitchen with “good food, good vibes and good times to remember.” The talented culinary team is fanatical about freshness and uses only the best fare from the farm, garden and sea. The dinner-only restaurant has a heavy focus on vegetarian and gluten free options.

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Urban Chophouse

Blending a modern steakhouse with a lavish lounge ambiance, Urban Chophouse invites guests to a unique dining adventure brimming with elegance and excitement. Complete with craft cocktails and dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, Urban Chophouse is the ideal setting for sports enthusiasts and epicures alike.

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Goodale Station Rooftop

The Goodale Station Restaurant & Bar is located on the top floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Short North. Our menus are driven by the local bounty of Ohio and the Midwest to produce creative New American Cuisine. Working with local farmers and artisans allows for the inspiration and creativity in the kitchen. Our goal is to create bold and flavorful dishes that rotate and change throughout the seasons.

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