Explore Columbus

The 2019 OAAPN Statewide Conference will be held October 24-26, at the Hyatt Regency and Convention Center in Downtown Columbus. Last year, more than 800 APRNs attended the Statewide Conference, representing all four specialties from across Ohio, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more attendees this year. If you haven’t done so already, you can register here

While the Statewide Conference will have plenty of opportunities for learning, networking, and fun, our host city of Columbus also has plenty to explore and enjoy while you are in town. The Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Columbus – steps away from food, entertainment, and shopping.

Getting Around

Columbus is an easy, walkable convention destination with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports and hotels just steps from the convention center in the Short North Arts District and the Arena District. Other downtown districts – German Village, the Brewery District and the Theatre District – are within 10 blocks. 

Taxis and Uber drivers are easily accessible, or hop on the CBUS for a free ride around downtown. The CBUS is the city’s free Downtown Circulator, traveling from the Brewery District through Downtown to the Short North and back again. CBUS runs every 10-15 minutes, 7 days a week.

For those looking for a little exercise, the CoGo Bike Program is a great way to get around downtown. The CoGo Network spans 300+ bicycles and 30 stations located throughout downtown Columbus, including a station right in front of the convention center. The bikes are available for use 24 hours/day, 365 days/year with unlimited 30-minute trips. A 24 hour pass is $6. 

Things To Do

Where do we start  A thriving city, Columbus was recently named one of the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019 for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings. Here is just a sampling of things to do while you are in town:

North Market – A veritable smorgasbord of food offerings, Columbus’ North Market is a must for foodies. It is the perfect spot to take your team for lunch, giving everyone tons of options to choose from.

Short NorthRight next to the convention center is an awesome strip of Columbus known as the Short North Arts District. Hip and colorful — decorated with murals and bustling with local shops, bars, and restaurants, this is the perfect place for a morning bite and a great cup of coffee.

German Village Neighborhood – Getting its name from the large German population that settled there in the mid-1800s, German Village is a quaint sleepy area of town with a European flair. It is home to a variety of restaurants and shops,  and the Book Loft, which is one of the largest independent book stores in the country and features 32 rooms of bargain books.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Hailed as one of the best things to do in Columbus, the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are a beautiful display of nature. With various exhibits from a bonsai garden to Chihuly glass — a peaceful stroll through the colorful botanical gardens would be a perfect way to relax after a long day.

The Scioto MileA string of 8 parks along the downtown riverfront featuring fountains, promenades, and great views, The Scioto Mile is an urban oasis that represents the future of Columbus. 

Where to Eat 

Rapidly gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming culinary destination, Columbus is home to a thriving restaurant scene. Dining options here are known for their creativity, diversity and one-of-a-kind experiences, from classic diner fare, to fine dining, to offbeat, ethnic and funky cafes.  Check out this Map of Downtown Restaurants and Bars for a list of restaurants close to the Convention Center, or visit Experience Columbus for a look at the restaurant scene throughout the city. 

What to Drink

Beyond just a delicious meal, Columbus offers a bounty of coffee shops and breweries that are also worth exploring. Take on the Columbus Coffee Trail or the Columbus Ale Trail, which are city-wide scavenger hunts that participants an opportunity to try a specialized trail that showcases local coffee or beer hangouts. Complete just four stops at participating locations and win some Cbus swag. Booklets can be picked up and redeemed at the Arena District and Convention Center Experience Columbus Visitor Centers.

This is just a sampling of what Columbus has to offer, and we hope that you will take time to explore the city while you are attending the OAAPN Statewide Conference. Visit us online for the latest news and updates, and to register for the Statewide Conference.