Columbus, GA Georgia | Convention & Visitors Bureau | We Wish You Were Here



When it comes to recognizing the importance that preserving heritage plays in giving a community a sense of place and texture, Columbus has been a preservation leader. Stop by our Visitors Center and we’ll direct you to our tour of historic homes, to museums that capture experiences that have made Columbus and the South so unique, and we’ll give you over 46 area attractions to fill your time with fun and interest. Comforted by our past and prepared for the future…Columbus, GA – What progress has preserved.

you hi I'm charity smith and i'm here to give you an insider's peek at one of Georgia's best-kept secrets columbus georgia and the Chattahoochee Valley in the next few minutes I'll show you some great places and things that are not to be missed your first stop in columbus just has to be the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau these people are great the staff here is ready to make sure that your visit is the best it can be you can pick up free maps and brochures about area attractions find out about lodging and a world of dining for every taste and budget and here's a quick start tip you can plan your visit before you ever leave home at visit Columbus GA calm so are you ready well let's get going check out this beauty the springer opera house Georgia's official state theater and a leading southern cultural institution since it was built in eighteen seventy one actor Hal Holbrook calls at one of America's national treasures and for good reason think Oscar Wilde and Will Rogers lillie langtry and John Philip Sousa just a few voices from the past that have graced this grand old stage that now host some of the best and world-class entertainment today this is fairly entertainment at its best speaking of entertainment be sure to catch an event at the River Center for the Performing Arts home of Columbus State University's renowned Schwab school of music from the temptations to the ten tenors from bluegrass to Broadway this remarkable three theater complex serves up everything from a grand concert in the 2,000 seat bill her theater to an intimate evening with world-class musicians and legendary legacy hall or sit back and enjoy the show or a game at the 10,000 seat Columbus Civic Center enjoy hockey basketball plus sporting and entertainment events from the original Harlem Globetrotters to disney on ice now for your reality show lovers get ready for the ultimate climb aboard the shuttle at the coca-cola space science center and blast off on the flight of your life fly to the moon see the heavens as they looked when Cesar built his empire or watch a total eclipse of the Sun from the other side of the world the coca-cola Space Science Center's team building learning center multimedia planetarium and observatory takes stargazing from reality to pure sci-fi after your trip come back down to earth with a Riverside picnic in heritage park where bronze statues frozen in time to pick the foundry Minh textile workers and entrepreneurs who shaped Columbus's early history kinetic water sculptures embody the spirit of the chattahoochee and will mesmerize young and old alike then you might want to take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the Chattahoochee River Walk an amazing 15 mile park that winds along the riverbank from North Columbus all the way to Fort Benning many of the old mills and cotton warehouses that line this stretch of the river now house offices and upscale shops be sure to check out the plaque that memorializes master bridge builder for his King a Columbus resident who rose from slavery to become a master engineer no doubt about it Columbus is slogan what progress has preserved was never more evident than here at the Horus king bridge and the nearby Columbus Convention a trade center known locally by some as the Iron Works this one time you nisshin's foundry laden with cannons and mortars now serves as an award-winning exhibit hall and convention center this 180 2,000 square foot facility is truly one of the most unique convention centers in the south definitely the place to do business okay are you ready to get moving again well hang on for your life it's damn the torpedoes full speed ahead at the Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum it's a one-of-a-kind Civil War naval operations museum that features the CSS Jackson a 225 foot Confederate ironclad gunboat and the largest collection of Civil War naval artifacts and fighting ships in the world continue your travel experience at oxbow meadows nature Discovery Center nature rules here in the 1,600 acres rd wood wetland habitat where you can ramble between palms and vegetation and seabirds dragonflies and all kinds of animals live and on display even a gator and an occasional snake or two want to work in a little recreation while you're here well dust off the racket and polish the clubs take your pick from golf and tennis facilities that are nothing short of spectacular voted among the top 25 public courses in the country bull creek golf course boasts one of the finest courses to be found indulge the naturalist in you at oxbow creek golf course or you can rally away to your heart's content on one of the 30 clay courts at Cooper Creek Tennis Center the southeast premier tennis complex during your visit be sure to trace the passion and progress of Columbus's rich african-american heritage whose roots run deep as the Chattahoochee from the Horus king bridge to the historic liberty theater which set the stage for more rainy to become mother of the Blues this self-guided Black Heritage Trail tour featuring 26 sites of African American historical and social importance eliminates the history and development of Columbus's african-american community in a profound new way continue your exploration of American heritage and fine art at the columbus museum which houses one of the largest collection of american paintings drawings sculpture and decorative art in the southeastern united states you can trace the development of the region closer to home and Chattahoochee legacy a regional history gallery filled with unique artifacts dating back 12,000 years then settle back for an award-winning film and the museum's heritage theater top off your tour and transformations a hands-on discovery gallery for children of all ages during your visit don't overlook the many exciting shopping opportunities here explore aisle after aisle of antiques collectibles oriental rugs handcrafted furniture and other one of a kind treasures and to top it all off be sure to stroll the genteel 26 block Columbus historic district where the brick cobblestone streets ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day your guided walking tour starts at heritage corner you'll see 5 historic buildings from primitive to posh everything from a pioneer log cabin to the Woodruff farmhouse and gift shop and the home of dr. John Pemberton a pharmacist whose French wine de coca beverage became better known as you guessed it coca-cola maps of the district are available at the visitor's bureau and at the in house home to the historic Columbus Foundation a good time is guaranteed speaking of good times they really start rolling when the Sun Goes Down and the lights come up in Columbus's entertainment district line with food and night spots and unique old storefronts come on time's a-wastin start your evening with dinner and your favorite cold beverage at one of several plate street side cafes where you might very well catch some free entertainment on the median there are plenty of restaurants an eclectic night spots to keep you going until the wee hours you don't want to miss the National infantry museum at Fort Benning home of the infantry which house is one of the most significant collections of military relics and existence the poignant art and artifacts of war house tier showcased the role of the infantryman in defense of our nation over the past 200 years and include military transport vehicles tanks assorted artillery weapons and rare documents along with us and foreign military uniforms from nearly every major conflict