Welcome to Columbus, Ohio!


Conference Location

Thursday: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Discovery Auditorium in The Research Institute - 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, 43205. Follow the green path to the yellow path. Yellow path will end at the Research Institute. Follow signs to Wexner Auditorium. (Signs will be posted.)

Friday & Saturday: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Stecker Auditorium. Enter the Outpatient Care Center at 555 South 18th Street and follow the blue path until you reach the Education Building. (Signs will be posted.)


The CPF has reserved a block of rooms at the below hotels:

  • Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel – negotiated rate of $153 per night.  These rooms will be available until March 21st, 2019 OR until all have been booked at the group rate, whichever comes first. We recommend booking your hotel as soon as your travel plans have been confirmed: CLICK HERE

  • Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown-Capital Square – negotiated rate of $85 per night. These rooms will be available until March 11th, 2019 OR until all have been booked at the group rate, whichever comes first. We recommend booking your hotel as soon as your travel plans have been confirmed: CLICK HERE


Shuttle schedule from the CPF recommended hotel, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. 
For other hotels, some in downtown Columbus offer shuttle service to NCH.  Please ask if this option is available to you.


Please DO NOT park on-campus due to limited availability and the need for NCH patients to utilize these spaces. You can utilize Uber or Taxi. Give the address of 700 Children’s Drive (Thursday) or 555 South 18th Street (Friday&Saturday). This will shorten your walk inside the hospital.

Air Travel

John Glenn Columbus International Airport, is just minutes from the central business district and less than ten minutes from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Experience Columbus

With a population of 780,000, Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States. The city is perfect for active lifestyles, having recently invested $20 million to develop a growing system of bike and fitness trails that connect the suburbs and river trails to downtown’s $44 million riverfront park system restoration. Columbus is recognized for its neighborhoods ranging from historic to hopping, for its fabulous casual and fine dining venues, shopping experiences, museums and more. If you are a sports enthusiast, there is no offseason in the Columbus area with a wide variety of events and venues.

Things to do in Columbus

The world-class Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a delight any time of year. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brings horticulture and art together with a spectacular glasshouse, a stunning community garden campus and sculpture sprinkled throughout. The brand new Scott's Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden focuses on introducing and connecting children to the natural world. The Columbus Museum of Art offers sunny galleries with rotating exhibits and an outdoor sculpture garden. COSI mixes science and fun for kids and adults. Don't miss the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery. Parks like the Scioto Mile connect the city to nature, and dozens of miles of multi-use trails span Columbus.

If you're more of a sporty type, you'll find professional and collegiate games and matches all year long. From Columbus Crew SC to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets to the MLB AAA Columbus Clippers, you're going to find something to cheer for. Find great brand-name shopping at Easton Town Centerand Polaris Fashion Place or peruse the boutiques of the Short North Arts District, Grandview and German Village

With a cultural scene to rival any in the nation, you have your pick of live music, art exhibitions, concerts and theater. And be sure to grab a cup of coffee, because you're going to want to stay out late.