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Historic, Fun & Wild Wonders of Columbus

Make plans to visit Georgia. When you do, head to the central region where you can find the pleasant and always welcoming city of Columbus. With its advantageous location along the Chattahoochee River, and loads of excellent attractions, Columbus proves to be a must-visit city.


1. Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center

Ideal for the sports fan making a stay in Columbus, the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center is home to the men's and women's basketball teams at Columbus State University. You can find this 4,500-seat venue right in the heart of the CSU campus, and it's easily accessed from Interstate 185. The CSU Cougars basketball teams start play in the fall.

2. Columbus State University

After you've had your fill of CSU Cougars basketball, see the rest of the CSU campus. Spread across 132 acres, the campus at Columbus State University is ideal during spring and summer. Open since 1958, CSU is home to some real highlights of the area – there's the T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower, and if you're into baseball, head for the Charles F. Ragsdale Field, home of CSU Cougars baseball.

3. Cooper Creek Park

There are many ways to enjoy the excellent weather and outdoor conditions in Columbus, and one of the best is Cooper Creek Park. Found northeast of downtown, Cooper Creek Park is connected to the Bull Creek Watershed Lake Three, and yields fun-filled days of hiking, biking, roller blading, and even fishing.

4. Flat Rock Park

Another top outdoor recreation area in Columbus is Flat Rock Park. You'll find ideal conditions here during your spring or summer visit to Columbus – and it's easily accessed from Warm Springs Road, just off Highway 27. At Flat Rock Park, you'll find picnic areas, a well maintained walking trail, and playgrounds for the kids. Be sure to enquire about Friendship Hall if you're hoping to host an event.

5. Oxbow Creek Golf Course

When you're planning a visit to Columbus, don't forget about your clubs. There are two distinct and impressive golf courses to play in the area, and the first is Oxbox Creek Golf Course. The advantage of playing Oxbow is the size – it's a classic, nine-hole executive course, meaning you can sneak in a round before lunch. Many golfers also extend their day at Oxbow Creek by playing through twice for a full 18.

6. Godwin Creek Golf Course

The second of the must-play golf courses in the Columbus area is Godwin Creek Golf Course. Another nine-hole executive course, Godwin Creek is 1,550 yards in total, and plays to a par of 30. It opened in 2000, and was designed by Desmond Muirhead. With its slope rating of 113, and a course rating of 35.0, Godwin Creek is a fun challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.

By Z. F. Hanner, Director, National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning, Georgia 31905 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tour the National Infantry Museum in Columbus

7. Peachtree Mall

With its 821,000 square feet of retail space, Peachtree Mall in Columbus is regarded as the premier shopping center in the region. Since 1975, when it first opened, Peachtree Mall has been serving the local area shoppers with high end brands, and plenty of seasonal sales. Peachtree Mall features two floors and 108 stores from which to choose. After you've picked up a few new pieces to your wardrobe, head to the Carmike Peachtree 8 and catch a movie with the family.

8. National Infantry Museum

History is a major part of Georgia's travel industry. Because of its roots so deeply tied to the American Civil War, Georgia offers visitors unique perspectives across a slew of impressive sites. In Columbus, be sure to check out the National Infantry Museum, found just outside of Fort Benning. With 190,000 square feet to explore, you'll easily spend a full day learning about those who fought across many different engagements, battles, and conflicts. The Memorial Walk of Honor is a premier site within.

9. Columbus Museum

Few attractions in Columbus and the surrounding area can offer as much insight to the art history of Georgia quite like the Columbus Museum. Visit today and enjoy a museum tour – 89,000 square feet of exhibit space and floor room make for a great afternoon activity. Established in 1953, the Columbus Museum is a cornerstone of the Wynnton neighborhood. The kids are sure to enjoy the Animal Scavenger Hunt activity within the Columbus Museum. 

10. Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Families visiting Columbus will no doubt want to see the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Since 1996, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center has been illuminating minds young and old with it's vast array of exhibits, hands-on attractions, and performances. Many guests enjoy tours of the Mead Observatory

11. National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

Any visit to Columbus in central Georgia couldn't be complete without a tour of the very impressive National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. As you embark on your tour of this museum and historical site, don't miss your chance to check out the CSS Albemarle, a Civil War-era Confederate ship. Each fall, the NCWNMPC hosts the Southern Pirate Festival.

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