Sure, we're all coming into to town for one reason: Games, games, games. However, Columbus is known for its contributions to history, scenic parks, relaxing river fronts, and rich culture. It's thriving populous of 909,000 often enjoys delectable experiences at the food test site. Here are a few highlighted attractions and some general reminders for all Mind Games attendees.

German Village

The German Village, a neighborhood built by German settlers in the 1800s is reminiscent of days gone by featuring authentic brick houses, shops, sidewalks.

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant is one of the more popular German Village staples. The cream puffs are divine and are nearly the size of your head.  Be sure to visit The Book Loft, one of the largest independent book stores in the United States. If you want to escape gaming for a while, the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is a fabulous way to enjoy hiking trails, waterfalls, zip lines, and then wind down at the winery.


Columbus is not only rich in historical significance, but also in craft brewery culture. You could possibly find your issue is not a lack of craft breweries, but actually knowing which are the best breweries in Columbus

Visit the National Veterans Memorial & Museum and hear personal experiences of those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Considered to be Greek Revival style architecture, the Ohio Statehouse is the state capitol building and one of the oldest state buildings in the United States.

Geraldine Fredritz Mock is known for being the first female pilot to fly unaccompanied around the world in 1964. The single-engine plane was named ‘The Spirit of Columbus.’
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has gained worldwide recognition and has been rated the number one zoo in America several times. The Columbus Zoo homes more than 7,000 animals and 800 species, separated into regions of the world.

The Leveque Hotel is the shining star lighting up the skyline of downtown Columbus. Located inside is the Leveque Hotel, now open to the public. Residents who have loved and admired the building from the outside for decades, can now experience its beauty and history in an infinitely more special and intimate way.

The Keep's ambiance references the Prohibition Era, during which the Leveque Tower was built. This French brasserie (a restaurant and full bar) resides within the Leveque Tower and provides Columbusites opportunities to visit and engage with the historic building. The cuisine is an adventure of unexpected savory delights

Municipal Parks & Scenic River Fronts

The $40+ million investment in Scioto Mile represents an unprecedented partnership between the public and private sectors. The nine parks along the Scioto Mile offer something for everyone - memorials, public art, performance pavilions, custom fountains, shaded swings, bird watching and even a climbing wall.

Reminders for Mind Games Attendees

Glad you’re attending Mind Games! We’re excited you’re coming, but there are a few things to keep in mind when visiting Ohio.

One of the best times to visit Columbus is from April to May. You might want to be sure and bring a coat. The spring season features temperatures can range from the low 30's to the low 70's.