Coming to Columbus, Ohio, for Foursquare Connection 2011, May 30–June 2? Then you may want to plan to arrive a few days early, or stay a few days longer following Foursquare’s annual convention, so that you can enjoy the outstanding array of things to do around Columbus.
Here are the top 10 things to do while visiting Ohio’s capital city:
- Team-sports enthusiasts may enjoy catching a minor league baseball game with the Columbus Clippers and their latest opponent in the state-of-the-art facility at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. Soccer buffs will want to check out the Ohio Expo Center, home of the Columbus Crew, Ohio’s professional Major League Soccer team.
- Be sure to stop by Topiary Park in downtown Columbus and view a “landscape of a painting of a landscape,” bringing to life Georges Seurat’s famous 19th-century painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
- Those who are fit and ready for an adventure on foot will enjoy a beautiful 13-mile scenic walk through the Olentangy greenway corridor that links downtown Columbus to Worthington.
- The Center of Science and Industry, known as COSI, is a top destination for Columbus visitors, and is located just 1.5 miles from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The center is currently playing Dolphins on a 7-story screen and offers live shows as well as regularly updated exhibits.
- For the golfers in the crowd, stop by the Jack Nicklaus Golf Museum on the OSU campus. If it’s auto racing that gets your motor running, check out the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in nearby Lexington.
- Hop on the latest tourist craze: a guided Segway tour, during which you can visit 50 Columbus landmarks in just two hours.
- Everyone likes good food and quaint surroundings, and Columbus offers an excellent fill of both. Grab a few friends and enjoy a meal during Connection in nearby German Village, which boasts neighborhoods with timeless architecture as well as inviting restaurants, delicatessens, bakeries and shops.
- For those looking for something a bit tamer near downtown Columbus, be sure to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, an attraction that draws millions of visitors each year.
- In keeping with this year’s Connection theme, “Accelerate—The Whole Gospel to the Whole World,” the Foursquare family that joins together in Columbus will enjoy all-new collaborative learning tracks promising to help build ministry skills in a peer-based environment. This unique opportunity to learn from each other is not to be missed.
- On top of this list, of course, is the opportunity to worship as a Foursquare family, celebrating our strong missional heritage and fully embracing our four-fold missional focus for the future. What many Foursquare leaders enjoy most about convention is spending time with old friends and growing closer to new ones during receptions and breaks at Connection. If you do one thing while in Columbus, take advantage of all that Connection 2011 has to offer.
To help make coming to Connection 2011 a little more affordable, be sure to take advantage of pre-convention registration discounts for Foursquare Connection 2011, available online until May 9, 2011.
Foursquare Connection 2011 sponsors that will be joining us in Columbus include Ignite Academy, Israel Ministry of Tourism, King’s University, Life Pacific College, Foursquare Missions International and The Celebration Cup. These sponsors help underwrite our Connection budget so we can keep registration fees reasonably priced. While in Columbus, please be sure to let these sponsors know you appreciate their support of Foursquare Connection 2011.
Even more to do at Connection 2011
More Places to Eat
These delicious restaurants are among those located within walking distance from the Greater Columbus Convention Center:
800 North High Street
951 North High Street
647 N. High St.
59 Spruce St.
More Places to Visit
Biblewalk and Living Bible Museum
500 Tingley Ave.
This museum includes over 300 wax figures in 70 religious scenes, and it was all built by members of the adjacent nondenominational Diamond Hill Cathedral. Roadside America suggests taking half of a day to walk through the grounds. Located 70 miles from the Greater Columbus Convention Center
There are many events scheduled in and around Columbus during the week surrounding convention. Whether you are interested in a Civil War Comes to Columbus Tour, a special Blooms and Butterflies exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory or other local events, check the Experience Columbus website events calendar.