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Greater Columbus Convention Center Introduction

You can get impressive views of the city skyline from the ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio. A striking, architect-designed facility, the Convention Center offers over 1.7 million square feet of space including a main floor, a mezzanine, meeting rooms, and the largest multi-purpose ballroom in the state of Ohio. It has been hosting a multitude of events, including world summits, dance competitions, sports events, and auto shows since it opened in 1993. The Center is in downtown Columbus, just minutes from the city’s finest arts, culture, entertainment, dining, and retail districts.

Hotels near Greater Columbus Convention Center

There’s a broad range of hotels near the Greater Columbus Convention Center, mostly adjacent or within a few minutes’ walk away. You’ll find plenty of 3-star hotels and upscale 4-star properties, most with indoor pools, bars, restaurants, and family rooms or suites. But there’s also a good selection of inns, guesthouses, and motels about a mile or so from the Center. The best time to visit for a bargain is during late spring and in fall, when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds. July and August are the busiest months with lots of outdoor activities.

Where to stay near Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is in the Arena District, a vibrant neighborhood filled with restaurants, breweries, sports bars, and music venues. It’s popular with both business and leisure travelers, and has a variety of family-friendly attractions such as the Huntington Park ballpark. Just beside the Convention Center you’ll find the trendy Short North Arts District, which stretches a mile and a half along High Street and is full of hip boutiques, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. In the Downtown/Franklinton District, you’ll find a hub of hotels, restaurants, river trails, and cultural institutions such as the Columbus Museum of Art.

Things to see near Greater Columbus Convention Center

You can stroll around historic North Market, home to local butchers, fishmongers, bakers, greengrocers, and farmers. It’s just a 6-minute walk from the Convention Center. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and the Columbus Museum of Art are both about a mile away. The Scioto Mile is a great place for picnics, summer concerts, and nature trails, with 33-acres of parkland and fountains along the river. It’s a 9-minute drive from the Convention Center. The Columbus Children’s Theatre and the Nationwide Arena are both a 7-minute walk away.

How to get to Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is easy to get to both from downtown and the surrounding areas. Off the I-70 East and West, and the I-71 North and South, it has 33 loading docks and 3 drive-in ramps. There are also plenty of parking lots nearby. Most of downtown’s attractions are within an easy stroll of the Center, and the CoGo Bike Share system operates throughout the city. The Central Ohio Transit Authority provides bus service throughout Franklin County, and a free circulator bus runs through downtown. The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is 7 miles from the Center.