Things To Do In Columbus, GA
Columbus is a combined city-county in Georgia, located on the state's west-central border. Columbus is located right over the Chattahoochee River from Phenix City, Alabama. It is the county seat of Muscogee County, which combined with it in 1970. Columbus is Georgia's second-largest city (after Atlanta) and the state's fourth-largest metropolitan region. Columbus had a population of 206,922 at the time of the 2020 census, with a population of 328,883 in the Columbus metropolitan area. The Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which includes the surrounding Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika, has an estimated population of 486,645 in 2019.
Columbus is located 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning, a significant employer and the United States Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence, is located south of the city in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties. Columbus is home to several museums and tourist attractions, including the National Infantry Museum, which is devoted to the United States Army's Infantry Branch. It boasts the world's longest urban whitewater rafting course built on the Chattahoochee River.
Outdoor Festivities that are offered::
- The Chattahoochee RiverWalk
- 15-mile (24-kilometer) walking/biking path that connects Downtown Columbus to South Columbus and the northern side of Fort Benning.
- The Columbus Fall Line Trace
- 11-mile (18-kilometer) fitness track that stretches from Downtown to the city's northeastern outskirts.
- The Black Heritage Trail
- Historic and culturally significant National Recreation Trail.
Shopping: Get some shopping out of the way by visiting the Columbus Mall which is home to both major department stores and local retailers. Take some time to sit down to catch a movie at the acclaimed IMAX theater, with the family, by visiting Regal Columbus Exchange.
Breweries: Grab a cold one while relaxing at the Columbus Riverwalk as it is home to some excellent Breweries including Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse, Chattahoochee Brewing Company, and Cannon Brew Pub.
Food: The City is also a foodie's paradise including riverwalk eating and amazing views. From cafés and bakeries to sports pubs, there is something for everyone. Whenever you have that craving for some great unmatched cuisines, you can visit some of these local landmarks:
- 11th & Bay Southern Table (1050 Bay Avenue in Uptown Columbus) 11th & Bay, where you'll be greeted warmly in a rustic contemporary environment in an old cotton warehouse. They are inspired by southern hospitality and fresh inventive southern food, and they have a passion for excellent ingredients. The menu is seasonal.
- Banks Food Hall (1002 Bay Avenue Columbus, GA 31901) Banks Food Hall brings a new and modern eating experience to Columbus. This one-of-a-kind collaborative café gives customers a variety of food and drink options, a bar, and live music in over 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining area.
- Denim & Oak Riverfront Restaurant (21 West 14th Street, Columbus, GA 31901) Denim & Oak Riverfront Restaurant, located in Hotel Indigo, allows you to sample delectable discoveries from Columbus' own W.C. Bradley Farms, splash into the river that feeds the soil of these plentiful farms with our fresh fish, and follow your tastebuds all the way downriver flowing into the Gulf in many of our flavorful dishes. As you dine, feast your eyes on the river itself, savoring the rich results of its delightful labor.