#CBUS is the heart of the midwest. It’s known for having the biggest University in the country, but there is much more to this jewel than meets-the-eye. The food is unlike anything you would expect from an Ohio town, and the downtown scene is hopping for anyone who loves a good time. As the local experts, let our HQ staff tell you about 10 of our favorite places to see while you’re in town:


  1. Food Truck Court

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Every summer and fall on Thursdays, downtown Columbus eats at one spot: Columbus Commons: Food Truck Court. This park, which used to be a mall BTW, hosts fabulous outdoor events — but it’s food truck court is one of a kind. You see, delicious food is one of the hidden gems of this city — and our food trucks are like no other. It’s also where you can grab lunch during day two of our national conference. Start planning out which trucks you’ll be hitting up this September when you’re in CBUS.


  1. Franklinton

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This urban, creative neighborhood is in the heart of Columbus. It’s the first settlement in Franklin County (downtown). Random fact: it’s nicknamed “The Bottoms” since most of the land in the neighborhood lies below the levels of the two main rivers that run through Columbus. This area of town is where we will be toasting one another at our Happy Hour at BrewDogThe BrewDog rooftop is where we will spend our Thursday evening having drinks, meeting one another and taking in the sunset with the skyline behind us.


  1. Bicentennial Park

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If you want a walking tour of our hometown, head over to the Scioto Mile. Views of the river and skyline surround this park in the heart of downtown. It’s one not to miss. And, if you need food after walking around, visit Milestone 229. You won’t be disappointed by their yummy food — especially for breakfast.


  1. Fourth Street

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If you’re looking for some late-night activities after all the fun we have planned during the conference, Fourth Street is your place. Within steps of the Westin, lives 16-Bit Bar + Arcade (where are our 80s sisters at?!) — and Mikey’s Late Night Slice Pizza. Relive your childhood favorites all while networking with the best women in the digital industry.


  1. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

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Who doesn’t love Jack Hanna? His national TV appearances are well-known and instrumental in growing the popularity of zoo visits. Jack is the charismatic, director emeritus who calls the Columbus Aquarium & Zoo home…along with 9,000 animals. ????????????????????????????????

Stop by on your way in or out of town, to see animals from all over the world. ????  


  1. Columbus Museum of Art

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Gorgeous art. Stunning building. Photography is encouraged — and it’s open until 9 on Thursday. If art museums are your jam, hit up the Columbus Museum of Art. Exhibitions during our conference are: Richie Pope: 2018 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition and Titian’s Lady in White: A Renaissance Mystery.


  1. Statehouse

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It may sound like just a government building, but to those of us who live here, the Ohio Statehouse is a stunning piece of architecture. From the moment you set foot inside, the pink walls lined in historic artwork mixed with the black and white checkered tile on the floor all makes for a breath-taking glimpse into the history of Ohio. If you love history + gorgeous design, this is one place to tour. PS – the gift shop in the basement has the coolest Ohio goodies and trinkets.


  1. Short North

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Art. Outstanding food. An Eclectic vibe. All in one place… The Short North. Located just north of the Ohio State campus and just south of all the main attractions in downtown, this artsy, vibrant neighborhood is a melting pot of culture packed into just a few blocks.


  1. Arena District

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Sports. Restaurants. Entertainment. The Arena District is the spot to go for fun. It’s the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Clippers, bars galore and one of all-time favorites, The North Market (where you can try food from local vendors — and sample food from all over the world).


  1. The Brewery District + German Village

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While visiting Schmidt’s to get your authentic German favs in the brick-lined historic streets of German Village, and grabbing drinks throughout the bars in The Brewery District, stop in and catch a show at ShadowBox Live.



Can’t wait to see all of these hot-spots? Register for our conference now — hurry, prices go up on August 15.

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