Destination: Columbus

By: Samantha Whitehorne

Ohio's largest city boasts indoor and outdoor spaces for events of all sizes

The Buckeye State's capital is home to a walkable downtown, conveniently located convention center, and much more.

Columbus Fast Facts

Recent and Future Association Meetings: American Measurement Techniques Association's 35th Annual Meeting and Symposium, Game Manufacturers Association's Origins Game Fair, Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists' 37th Annual Conference and Exhibits

Hotel Rooms: 3,800 downtown; 2,100 connected or adjacent to the convention center

Convention Center Square Footage: 410,000

Distance From Airport to Downtown: 8 miles

What else?: In honor of the city's namesake, Christopher Columbus, a full-scale replica of the Santa Maria—the ship that carried him on his first voyage to the Americas—was installed in 1992 on the Scioto Riverfront.

Outdoor spaces galore. Columbus has plenty of outdoor venues to choose from, such as Scioto Mile, which offers 145 acres of parkland in the heart of downtown and a 15,000-square-foot interactive fountain. Twelve-acre North Bank Park is another option and features a 1,794-square-foot glass pavilion.

Convenient convention center. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is located downtown adjacent to the Arena and Short North Arts Districts. It has 410,000 square feet of exhibit space, 65 meeting rooms, and three ballrooms, including Battelle Grand—the largest ballroom in Ohio. The center is also connected to five hotels.

Interactive experiences. Take your attendees out of the traditional learning space and head over to the Center of Science and Industry. The science center has 300 interactive exhibits, which attendees can enjoy while they sip and mingle. COSI also offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom.

Samantha Whitehorne is deputy editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email: [email protected]

Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now in Washington, DC.