Posted on March 22nd in News

Exploring Columbus

As you prepare to Make Your Mark at this year’s Catalyst, get to know the home of Catalyst ’23, Columbus, Ohio!

According to Experience Columbus, “Columbus is a city built on bold ideas and fueled by relentless optimism.”

The Greater Columbus Convention Center has everything you need and is where most of your time will be spent attending educational forums and listening to keynote speakers. However, Columbus has a lot to offer visitors in addition to Catalyst, so if you have some free time and want to venture out, there is a lot to explore close to the convention site.

Here are just some of the things you can visit and places you can eat within 2 miles of the Convention Center.

Food & Drink

Due Amici is “fine dining at an affordable price.” Here you will find a combination of classic Italian meals with modern and creative flair.

0.6 miles from Convention Center.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is a nonprofit coffeehouse that uses its profits to fund clean water and hunger relief and support those who are fighting against slavery and human trafficking. Order one of their coffees, teas, or pastries and be a part of making a difference.

0.7 miles from Convention Center.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace is the place to go if you are in the mood for Vienna Beef Franks, veggie hot dogs, or fair food.

1 miles from Convention Center.

The Walrus is great if your group wants to order good food and enjoy company. While waiting, you can play pool, ping pong, or darts.

1.1 miles from Convention Center.

Arts, Culture, and History

Columbus Museum of Art features art across all mediums with work by world-famous artists, including Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso.

1 miles from Convention Center.

Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African American and jazz history. Its unique story makes it a place of cultural and historic significance in Columbus.

1.3 miles from Convention Center.

Center of Science and Industry combines learning and fun with over 300 hands-on exhibits. It also houses Ohio’s largest planetarium and a giant screen theater.

1.5 miles from Convention Center.

German Village was built by German settlers hundreds of years ago, and it is “one of the most idyllic neighborhoods in the country.”

1.8 miles from Convention Center.


North Market features fresh groceries and unique gifts. A variety of merchants also sell prepared foods and international cuisine like ramen, pasta, and curry. It has been Central Ohio’s historic public market since 1876.

0.2 miles from Convention Center.

Short North Arts District is the artistic hub of Columbus and has been dubbed the “art and soul” of Columbus and houses several boutiques and gift shops.

0.5 miles from the Convention Center.

The Book Loft of German Village is an indie bookstore with 32 rooms of books at bargain prices.

1.5 miles from Convention Center.

The Red Stable in the German Village sells gifts created by local vendors and artists. Stop by for artwork, handmade jewelry, candles, clothing, local books, and Ohio and Columbus souvenirs.

2 miles from Convention Center.

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