Port Columbus Airport provides 400 daily arrivals and departures
to 30 nonstop destinations on airlines that include America West,
American, Continental, TWA, United, Northwest, Southwest and Midway
Connection; it also is served by more than 30 international
For information, call (614) 239-4000.
The Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau is at 10 W. Broad
St., Suite 1300, Columbus 43215; call (800) 354-COLS (2657) or
(614) 221-6623 or fax (614) 221-5618.
For Columbus Tourism Information, call (800) 345-4386.
The City Activity Line is (614) 258-6000.
Set in a state of corn and soybean farmlands, Columbus is the
state's capital city and its largest metropolis.
It is one of the country's 20 fastest-growing cities, with more
than half-a-million residents.
Located in the nation's mid-section, it became a focal point for
air, rail and trucking connections, leading it to be called the
Columbus Inland Port.
Information flows through the city, as well; CompuServe, based
here, provides on-line services to about 3 million subscribers.
The preserved, book-
cluttered home of humorist and short-story writer James Thurber
is the city's literary center and hosts small meetings. Call (614)
464-1032 for details.
A $94 million convention center handles larger gatherings.
Restaurants, shops and entertainment characterize the restored
There are several microbreweries plus the William Graystone
Winery, which is located in the limestone vaults of an old brewery
and features 12 varieties of wine.
For free tours of the Anheuser-Busch brewery, call (614)
A highlight of the city is German Village, marked by restored
19th century homes, small brick houses with slate roofs and yards
with wrought-iron fencing.
Cobblestone streets are lined by trees and turn-of-the -century
streetlights, brick sidewalks, restaurants and beer gardens.
Its 23-acre Schiller Park is being restored, and the Book Loft
discounts publications and displays them in 32 rooms.
For information about the neighborhood, call the German Village
Society at (614) 221-8888.
Short North is the city's premier turn-of-the-century commercial
district and serves as a main street, offering art galleries,
trendy boutiques, restaurants and bars.
Along the waterfront there is a full-scale, 98-foot-long replica
of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria.
It will reopen April 5 with guides dressed in period
For information, call (614) 645-8760.
The Center of Science & Industry has rooms full of hands-on
Through September 7, the center will feature an exhibit called
"Liquid Vision: Lasers, Holograms and Virtual Reality." Call (614)
228-COSI for information.
The Museum of Art, home to the world-renowned Sirak Collection
of Impressionist and Postimpressionist masterpieces, is at 480 E.
Broad St.; call (614) 221-6801.
The Contemporary American Theater Co. is at 512 N. Park St. in
the Short North section. Call (614) 461-0010.
The city also has a symphony orchestra, a ballet company and
The Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic fitness expo will be held at
the Veterans Memorial March 1 and 2. Call (614) 431-2600 for
Butterflies will be featured April 1 to May 11 at the Franklin
Park Conservatory; (614) 645-TREE.
The Rhythm and Food Festival will be held downtown on the
riverfront May 23 to 25; (614) 645-7995.
An Arts Festival is scheduled for June, and Red, White &
Boom, featuring a parade and fireworks, will be held on July 3.
Ohio State University competes in the Big 10 Conference. The
Buckeyes play football in the fall at Ohio Stadium; the men's and
women's basketball teams are in action from November to March at
St. John Arena. For tickets, call (614) 292-2624.
Through the fall, winter and spring, horses race at the Beulah
Park Jockey Club; call (614) 871-9600 for details.
During the winter, the minor league Horizon, (614) 224-3865,
plays basketball at the convention center, and the Chill, (614)
791-9999, competes in ice hockey at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The Crew plays Major League Soccer at Ohio Stadium from April
through August. For information, call (614) 221-CREW.
The Clippers, the top minor league affiliate of the New York
Yankees, play baseball at Cooper Stadium; call (614) 462-5250.
Scioto Downs has harness racing from early May to September;
call (614) 491-2515.
The Columbus campus of Ohio State University is the nation's
It is a 10-minute drive north of downtown and features the
Olentangy Conference Corridor, a partnership of eight properties
and a conference center.
On its grounds is the Wexner Center for the Arts. For details,
call (614) 292-4403.
The City Center Mall, 111 South Third St., contains more than
150 stores plus eateries.
Stores include Marshall Field's and Jacobson's, and the mall has
a hotel and a theater.
The Continent, at 6076 Busch Blvd., features outdoor cafes and
The Ohio Factory Shops offer discounts of 25% to 70% on name
brands of clothing and housewares in 75 stores.
Handke's Cuisine is at 520 S. Front St. in the Brewery District.
Call (614) 621-2500.
The Refectory, at 1092 Bethel Road, features wild game in
season. Call (614) 451-9774.
In the German Village, Carolyn's, 489 City Park Ave., focuses on
American dishes; call (614) 221-8100.
Also there, Lindey's, 169 E. Beck St., specializes in pasta,
grilled dishes and seafood; for reservations, call (614)
On Thurman Street in that neighborhood, the landmark Engine
House No. 5 features seafood and pasta. Call (614) 443-4877.