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Conference Dates: October 3 - 6, 2009
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Downtown ColumbusWith a lively entertainment scene, great shopping, top-ranked zoo and science center, professional sports, and a thriving arts scene, there's always something fun happening in Ohio's capital city. Four of Columbus' top entertainment areas surround downtown, each packed with restaurants, shops and entertainment -- meaning you don't have to venture far to have a good time.

 

Getting to Columbus:

As Ohio's capital and the 15th largest city in the United States, Columbus is within 550 miles of half of the U.S. population. With five highways running through the city, it couldn't be easier to get around.

Flying is just as easy, as Port Columbus International Airport is just a few minutes from downtown and is served by 10 airlines and their regional affiliates providing nearly 400 daily arrivals and departures to 49 airports in the U.S. and Canada. Carriers include Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta, Midwest/Connect, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways.

Getting to and Around Downtown Columbus:

Directions to the Hyatt

Shuttle Services:  The downtown shuttle from Port Columbus can be of great service. It doesn't matter if you call ahead or just walk right up, with shuttles operating approximately every 20 minutes you can be in the heart of the city in no time.  Estimated one-way fare is $18.

Arch Transportation

614-252-2277

Super Shuttle

614-252-5555

Urban Express Transportation

614-253-7000

 

 

Taxi Services: You'll find taxis available on demand (no reservation required) in the ground transportation area of the airport terminal on a 24-hour basis. The electronic meter will be activated to compute your fare. The approximate fare into downtown Columbus is $25.00.

Rental Car Companies: Featuring eight on-site car rental agencies, Port Columbus gives you the selection you want with the convenience you need. And with check-in counters on the ground floor of the parking garage, you won't have to brave the elements to pick up your car.

Alamo

800-GO-ALAMO

Avis

800-331-1212

Budget

800-527-0700

Dollar

800-800-4000

Enterprise

800-325-8007

Hertz

800-654-3131

National

800-CAR-RENT

Thrifty

800-367-2277

COTA:  Port Columbus is served by Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) public bus service, available to take you almost anywhere in the city. Schedules and rates are listed on the COTA Website.

Downtown Area Restaurants and Attractions:

Ohio Statehouse German Village Short North Arts District

Downtown Columbus is everybody’s neighborhood. Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bank and the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team are just a few who call downtown “home.” At 2.2 square miles, Downtown Columbus is one of the largest downtowns in the country. Downtown boasts five theaters, the Ohio Statehouse, an amphitheater, a hockey arena, various parks, and numerous can’t-miss performances and events. We hope you will find time to explore Downtown and the surrounding areas while you are here!

Downtown Columbus Restaurants and Points of Interest (recommendations based on conference and event locations)

Columbus Metropolitan Main Public Library

Columbus Museum of Art

Ohio Statehouse

German Village

Short North Arts District

Greater Columbus Events and Attractions:

Several special events are taking place in Columbus during the conference:

  • Franklin Park Conservatory: Chihuly Reimagined
  • All American Quarter Horse Congress
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey vs. Minnesota Wild (downtown area)
  • Columbus Crew Soccer vs. Seattle Sounders FC
  • Broadway Across America-Columbus: Cirque Dreams Illumination (downtown area)
  • North Market Harvest Festival (downtown area)
  • Short North Gallery Hop (downtown area--this one is on our conference schedule!)

Read more about these and other events on the Experience Columbus Event Calendar Search

Learn more about Columbus from: Experience Columbus and 'The Word on Columbus' Video'

Save money at some of our attractions and events!
Discount Coupons to Columbus Attractions (PDF)