In the heart of the Midwest, Columbus, Ohio, is the perfect location for drive technology and power transmission industry professionals to gather to explore new products, technologies and services. What’s more is that the city of Columbus has so much to offer.
The city is alive with exciting activities of all kinds. Ranked “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” by J.D. Power, there are many reasons you don’t want to miss out on visiting Columbus.
The Food Scene
No matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it here in “Cbus.” Famous brunch spots Skillet and Katalina’s offer hearty, stick-to-your ribs fare (you can’t miss Katalina’s Original Pancake BallsÔ), while The Refectory (French inspired) and Basi (Italian) are classically refined options with a trendy twist—perfect for an evening out. Got a sweet tooth? Enjoy seemingly endless options for homemade ice cream (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is a standout), as well as donut shops (try Golden Donuts and Diner for a casual but delicious experience) and pastry cafés (Pistacia Vera offers French macarons and other European delights).
Enjoy a taste of Europe in the heart of the Midwest. This village dates to the mid-nineteenth century, when German immigrants started settling in the southern Columbus neighborhood. Germans composed a significant portion of the Columbus population by the early twentieth century, and they retained their culture through inspired architecture, shops and food. With the advent of historic preservation, German Village was revitalized around the mid-1900s in an effort to celebrate the unique character of this Midwest gem. Today, visitors to German Village enjoy brick-lined paths, beautifully restored homes, funky boutiques and some of Columbus’s best eats.
Situated along the banks of the Scioto River, Columbus’s “Scioto Mile” is a leisurely haven of parkland, event space (including an outdoor pavilion for musical and other performing acts), the famous Scioto Mile Fountain and pedestrian paths. Grab a bite at Bicentennial Park’s Milestone 29 restaurant, which is known for its picturesque views. Or simply take a breather on a park bench nestled among beautiful landscaping and various sculptures.
COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
Located right downtown, COSI features traditional museum exhibits, a planetarium, a theater sponsored by National Geographic and even a motion simulator for the most adventurous! Exhibits focus on a variety of scientific topics, from the inner-workings of the human body to the depths of outer space, from plants and insects to the potential of solar energy. Temporary exhibitions, film offerings and planetarium programs add even more excitement to COSI’s impressive permanent displays and attractions.
North Market is both a symbol of Columbus’s rich history and a hub of the city’s modern-day food and shopping scene. Bridging the past and the present, North Market is open daily, with a farmers market on Saturdays and the “Peddler’s Picnic” on Sundays featuring furniture and jewelry makers and other artisans. Regular merchants of the market offer a range of locally produced goods, from soft pretzels and handmade pastas to spices and craft hot sauces and salsas. You’ll even find fresh flowers, small gifts and ready-to-eat treats (try a cooked-to-order Belgian waffle!).