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Columbus

Discover a riverside destination flowing with possibilities   

History, art, food and thrills converge beautifully in Columbus. Sitting on the eastern banks of the Chattahoochee River, Columbus was once Georgia’s final frontier outpost and is currently its second-biggest metropolis, behind Atlanta. Oozing Southern charm, the colorful town spoils visitors with rich history, exciting attractions and top-notch entertainment.

World-Class Museums

Civil War history is a prominent feature of Columbus. Check out the salvaged wrecks of the ironclad CSS Jackson and the gunboat CSS Chattahoochee in the National Civil War Naval Museum, which recreates the days when steam-powered vessels fired cannon balls in hotly contested rivers, lakes and coastal areas. Or head to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center to immerse yourself in over 240 years of US military history. Many consider this to be one of the most impressive collections of military artifacts in the world.

You can also take a stroll through Heritage Park to explore the city’s industrial heritage. Designed to celebrate the people who laid the foundations for Columbus, the park offers a peaceful retreat with its beautiful statues, educational plaques and tranquil granite pools that recreate the falls of the Chattahoochee River.

When you’ve gotten your fill of history, jet off into space at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. At the facility’s Challenger Learning Center, visitors get the chance to fly a simulated mission to the moon. Meanwhile, the center’s Omnisphere Theater explores the vastness of the galaxy.

Back on earth, visitors can catch wonderful performances at the historic Springer Opera House, State Theater of Georgia or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

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Thrill or Chill on the Chattahoochee

Take a break from all the sightseeing and get a breath of fresh air along the picturesque RiverWalk. Nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this 15-mile park is an excellent spot for cycling, romantic strolls or picnics.

Not ready to unwind just yet? Ride the rapids instead. Located in Uptown Columbus, the Columbus Whitewater Course is a 2.5-mile stretch of the rushing river with mild to wild rapids. Guides will help you buckle up the life jacket and embark on a pulse-pounding ride in the turbulent current.

Feast on Eccentric Southern Fare

Columbus will satisfy any foodie with its vibrant food scene and vast array of dining options. Get your Southern food fix by gorging on Georgia-style barbecue ribs, butter beans and corn bread at Country’s BBQ. Or drop in to Dinglewood Pharmacy to experience a “scrambled dog,” a local favorite loaded with chili, onions, cheese, oyster crackers, pickles and coleslaw. While you’re here, treat yourself to a mint julep (a classic Georgian cocktail) or sip on award-winning craft beers at the Cannon Brew Pub.

Forty-two miles to the south, the stunning Providence Canyon Recreation Area delights visitors with its red-hued rock walls. Formed by thousands of years of wind and water erosion, this colorful spectacle has been nicknamed “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” and attracts photographers from all over.

For More Information

Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau

800-999-1613

www.visitcolumbusga.com

Explore Georgia

800-847-4842

www.exploregeorgia.org