Meet Columbus, OH

Why Columbus?

Cool galleries, unique boutiques, a range of dining options, energetic sporting events and concerts, fun nightlife… all steps from the convention hotel. While meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus you are only:

  • 33 steps to a micro-brewery and local restaurants.
  • 275 steps to shopping and dining at the historic North Market.
  • 633 steps to NHL Hockey in the Arena District.

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.  While in Columbus, convention attendees are at the center of these urban entertainment districts.

You can walk or hop on the FREE CBUS to check out any of these neighborhoods. There is a CBUS pickup right outside the hotel, and a bus stops every 10-15 minutes. Buses run Mon-Thurs 7am-10 pm, Friday 7am to 12am, Saturday 9am until 12am, and Sundays 10:30am until 6pm.  Check out more ways to get around Columbus by bus, by bike and by car here.

Entertainment Districts

  • Arena District. This arts and entertainment destination is a must-visit in Columbus, with tons of restaurants, bars, breweries, lounges, and entertainment and live music venues to explore. Walk five minutes from the hotel to this thriving district. Regular hangout of lively music lovers at Express Live!, named among the “Top 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.” by Billboard.
  • Short North Arts District. A ten-minute walk from the hotel, this busting destination is home to more than 300 destinations, from art galleries and museums to unique restaurants, bars, and shops. Explore on your own or take a one-of-a-kind themed tour. Home to some of Columbus’ best-known local dining, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and many concepts by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.
  • University District. Boasts iconic sporting locations such as The Shoe, home of Buckeye football, the Jack Nicklaus Museum, honoring the Columbus-born golf legend, and MAPFRE Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in the country and home of the Columbus Crew SC. Hosts an under-the-radar art scene featuring the Wexner Center for the Arts and the free Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum, which houses the largest collection of cartoons and comics in the world.
  • Downtown. Offers a mix of exciting, new attractions and historic sites like the Ohio StatehouseColumbus Museum of ArtOhio and Palace Theatres and more. More than 179 acres of greenspace between the Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile offer urban oases for outdoor recreation.
  • German Village/Brewery District. Quaint and charming, this area is one of the most atmospheric in all of the Midwest and known for its brick streets, charming homes, cozy restaurants and delightful shops. The entire neighborhood is on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Former hub of the city’s beer scene offers sips of local favorite ales at Rockmill Tavern alongside world-class entertainment at Shadowbox Live!.

Show Your Badge

While exploring Columbus don’t forget to bring your attendee badge. Show your badge to redeem special discounts and deals. Check out all the discounts your CSE badge can get you here.

Top-Ranked Attractions

  • Hang out in the Heart of Africa at “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s home zoo, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Get hands-on at COSI, the top ranked science center loved by kids and adults of all ages.
  • Check out Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the only botanical garden in the world with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly.
  • Let loose a little at Eldorado Scioto Downs or Hollywood Casino Columbus.
  • Visit the fountains, attend an outdoor event, or browse the arts and cultural exhibits at the Scioto Mile. Stretching from the Arena District to the Whittier Peninsula, this scenic riverfront space provides more than 175 acres to explore, stroll, bike, and enjoy.

Still Not Convinced?

We think you will love visiting the place that is fast becoming known as one of the nation’s most creative, forward-thinking and exciting cities in the country!

  • Columbus is the 15th largest city in the country (right behind San Francisco) and the fastest-growing city in Ohio
  • NY Times named Columbus one of the “52 Places to Go in 2019”
  • It was ranked by J.D. Power as “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” in 2016.
  • Columbus won the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge
  • The Washington Post calls Columbus the “new destination for food lovers”
  • Time has named Columbus among the country’s top big cities and best places to live for millennials
  • According to Forbes, Columbus is the #1 opportunity city in the country.
  • In 2016, TIME Magazine ranked Columbus among “The 6 Best Big Cities,” declaring it the best in the Midwest