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10+ Things You’ll Love to do in Columbus GA

February 12, 2017

Moving to a new city can be exciting and daunting for many families. Once you purchase one of the homes in Columbus GA, you have to locate the nearest grocery store, drug store, bank, restaurants, etc. After your family moves in and things settle down, it’s a great idea to take some time to explore your new community and have some fun while you’re at it! Here are a few suggestions on popular things to do in Columbus.

WhiteWater Express – No need to head out of town for an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip. WhiteWater Express is located in the very heart of Uptown Columbus, offering mild morning trips and thrilling afternoon rides down the Chattahoochee River. USA Today calls it the best man-made white water on the planet! Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals are also available.

Coca-Cola Space Science Center – Who says learning can’t be fun? Kids of all ages will get a kick out of driving the simulated space shuttle landing, and seeing a real shuttle nozzle in person. Plus, don’t miss the amazing films about space and biology at the domed Omnisphere Theater that places you in the action.

Blue Heron Adventure – Thrill-seekers have two opportunities to take flight at Blue Heron. First, race over the Chattahoochee River at speeds up to 40 mph on the only dual-zip line that connects two states – Georgia and Alabama. Then, try your hand at the Blue Heron Aerial Course, which features a treetop experience of 10 obstacles, including a freefall from a 60-foot tower.

Bike Rentals – Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise by renting bikes to travel the 22-mile liner paved trail at the Columbus RiverWalk. The path takes you from Downtown Columbus to the drill fields of Fort Benning, with stops along the way that include parks and attractions.

National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus – History buffs will be fascinated by this museum honoring the sailors, soldiers, and civilians affected by the Navies of the American Civil War. The interesting artifacts on display include the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as several full-scale replicas of other Civil War vessels.

Sculpture Walk on Broadway – Art lovers will enjoy perusing original sculptures and artwork on display at the corners and median of Broadway between the blocks of 9th to 13th Streets. New pieces are added every year, so it’s worth stopping by again and again.

Oxbow Meadows – Teach your children about the area’s wildlife with a visit to Oxbow Meadows and the Discovery Trail Guide. You’ll see turtles, snakes, alligators and more at this environmental learning center.

Spring & Fall Concert Series – Music lovers head out to Uptown Columbus each year to enjoy live concerts for 6 weeks each spring and fall season. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, or stand up and dance Friday nights from 7:00 – 10:00 pm in the 1000 block of Broadway.

Columbus Museum – One of the largest museums in the Southeast, the Columbus Museum is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history. Free family programs are offered on Second Saturdays, and the annual Fall Festival offers five different stations featuring activities like marble making, photo tinting, invisible ink and more.

Columbus Botanical Garden – Explore 22 acres of lush vegetation, including herb, vegetable and rose gardens at the Columbus Botanical Garden. Children and adult programs are offered throughout the year, as well as tours upon request.

River Front Splash Pad & FreeNotes Harmony Park – Keep the kids cool in the summer at the River Front Splash Pad, which features 32 water jets that shoot up to 8 feet in the air, and can be lit and programmed to music. The rest of the year, your children can climb, slide, and seesaw at the adjacent Freenotes Harmony Park, which also features oversized outdoor percussion instrument to play on.

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