Columbus has plenty of fun, fascinating, and family-friendly attractions for anyone who wants to step out of the conference for a bit of free time. Here are some of our recommendations.
59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH
Home to nearly 3 dozen different eateries and vendors, the North Market is a popular destination for those wanting anything from coffee and donuts to full chicken dinners. Sit down, take out, or just take some time to explore culinary options from near and far—it’s all less than 10 minutes from the Hyatt Regency on foot!
Museums and Institutes
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, OH
Located about 30 minutes from the conference, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 800 species of animals, as well as conservationist personality Jack Hanna. Both the zoo and aquarium are covered under the same admission. There is also a water park, Zoombezi Bay, that is a separate admission.
Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Less than a 10-minute drive from the Hyatt Regency, the COSI features exhibits celebrating the environment, natural history, space, and human innovation. This science center houses a wide range of exhibits for kids to adults, including a dinosaur gallery, gadget displays, and a planetarium.
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH
If you’re looking for a more serene and contemplative break, the Columbus Museum of Art houses multiple collections of modern and contemporary art, as well as glass art and photography. During the conference, a couple limited time exhibits will feature elaborate flower-figure quilts as well as the influence of the Star Wars franchise on modern and popular art.
Sights and Relaxation
“The World’s Largest Gavel”
145 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH
At 30 feet long and 17,000 pounds, it’s hard to object to the sight of the gavel sculpture beside the Ohio Supreme Court building near the Scioto River. About a 20-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency, this is a good stop for those who want to rest beside the river or just have a quirky photo op.
120 W. Goodale Street, Columbus
A 10- or 15-minute walk from the hotel will get you to Goodale Park, one of the oldest parks in the United States (1851). This 32-acre site features beautiful landscaping, gardens, a walking trail, and a pond. It’s also surrounded by Victorian Village, a neighborhood of homes with charming architecture.