By Aaron Neidig, R.Ph., PharmD
The Ohio Pharmacists Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show is approaching quickly. The conference is packed with continuing education, speakers, presentations, social events, and much more. If you find yourself with some time before or after the conference, then plan an activity or two in Columbus. There are a number of things to see and do!
Columbus offers a variety of performing arts and art exhibits. The Columbus Museum of Art showcases collections of various centuries of art as well as works from local artists. Another art center to be sure to visit is the Wexner Center for the Arts. Here you will find contemporary works of art in addition to performance and film events.
Ohio weather permitting, you can spend your time outdoors in Columbus. Scioto Mile is 253 acres of parkland that stretches through the city. It offers recreational trails for walking or biking. At the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you can explore their extensive gardens with hundreds of plant species. Again, if the weather is nice, you can head over to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Not only will you see a variety of animals, but you can feed giraffes and walk through the kangaroos’ habitat.
Finally, you can spend a day at COSI, a top-rated science center with hundreds of interactive exhibits. They have exhibits on space, oceans, the human body, energy, technology as well as other rotating exhibits. The science center also features a giant screen theater and a planetarium.
If you cannot extend your trip around the conference, Columbus offers a number of professional and collegiate sporting events throughout the year. From the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Crew SC to the Columbus Clippers and The Ohio State Buckeyes, there is always a team to root for. Also, check to see if your favorite music artist or band is touring in Columbus. Columbus has a number of venues to showcase your style of music.
Enjoy your time at the conference, and if your schedule allows, spend the extra time in Columbus. There is plenty to do!