Columbus, the second-largest city in Georgia, is anchored by the winding Chattahoochee River and Columbus State University. This college town offers a vibrant arts scene
of music, theater, opera, an Art Walk and more. Stroll Uptown, filled with boutiques and gourmet restaurants, a perfect destination for groups of all sizes.

Start along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus’ landmark attraction, which runs 15 miles along the river. Kayak or raft down the world’s largest urban whitewater course described as “wild as the Colorado River, and warm as Costa Rica.” Walk, bike or picnic under a canopy of trees.

Whitewater adventures, Chattahoochee River

Take flight at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and discover Georgia’s largest collection of NASA space shuttle artifacts and interactive exhibits. Try the flight simulators and hands-on exhibits for an educational, challenging experience.

Visit the Columbus Museum, which celebrates art as well as history. The museum offers a range of modern, contemporary and classic works.

On the grounds of Fort Benning lies the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Visitors learn about the history of the military from the Revolutionary War until the present. Through interactive exhibits and galleries, groups come away impressed with all the U.S. armed forces have accomplished in the name of freedom.

Step back in time to 19th-century Columbus at Historic Westville, a living history museum. Visit the 17 restored buildings, homes and churches. Costumed interpreters and artisans, such as blacksmiths, cooks and druggists, demonstrate their trades.

“When you visit Columbus, Georgia, you’ll experience hundreds of events and 46 major attractions,” said Peter Bowden, Visit Columbus, GA president/CEO.

“Columbus, Georgia, is a real Southern town with fascinating history at every turn. It’s an arts center for the region as well as home to national museums. From barbecue to banjos and from Bach to bluegrass, when it comes to being a standout destination, our visitors are all-out impressed!”

The Columbus Civic Center and Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center are also available for meetings and conferences.

Main image: National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center; credit: Explore Georgia

Article by Mira Temkin