Explore Columbus’ Many Attractions
Cradled in the Chattahoochee Valley and accompanied by the waters of the famous Chattahoochee River, the city of Columbus embodies modern Southern culture and charm while preserving Georgia’s rich history. The second largest city in Georgia, Columbus is home to some of the state’s most exciting and amazing attractions. The region’s beautiful climate, scenery and thriving metropolitan scene make Columbus an ideal year-round destination for every kind of adventure seeker.
Columbus Visitors Center welcomes you to the city with tremendous pride and authentic enthusiasm for your best possible experience. Whether you’re visiting for the day or staying for the week, Columbus Visitors Center is your guide to creating lasting memories.
Inspired by a restored 19th century cotton mill, Columbus Marriott invites guests to fall in love with historic Georgian architecture without sacrificing the modern luxuries of a first-class hotel. Well-situated downtown and riverfront to the spectacular Chattahoochee River, guests of Columbus Marriot enjoy beautiful views and convenient access to the area’s most desirable destinations.
Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch
Known for its down-home style chicken, Plucked Up Chicken & Biscuits serves up generous portions of piping hot Southern cooking sure to make you miss your grandma! The colorful, eclectic décor, outdoor seating and inviting ‘round-the-table atmosphere make this mom-and-pop a popular breakfast and lunch spot for all ages.
Alluring aromas of fresh pastries and hot coffee and the glow of elegant chandeliers make My Boulánge an experience for all the senses. The café countertops are lined with the day’s pastries and breads, while chalkboard menus list offerings of cheeses, wines, specialty drinks and handcrafted meals. With a cozy atmosphere and daily happy hour, expect easy, delectable breakfast and lunch at My Boulánge.
It doesn’t get more authentic than Country’s Barbecue. Three family-friendly locations make this Columbus staple a convenient crowd pleaser no matter what side of town you’re on. With a “nothin’ fancy” attitude and honest-to-goodness, open pit barbecue cooked in-house over red oak and hickory, this is what traditional Southern barbecue is all about.
Tantalizing innovations on traditional favorites and an extensive drink list put Smoke Bourbon and BBQ on the map. Done up with artisanal twists and superb ingredients, their menus were crafted with the jaded palate in mind.
A dreamscape of magnificent, homemade confections, no one can resist stopping in for a Kilwins treat. Famous for creating mouthwatering fudge and sweets right before your eyes and serving hand-dipped ice cream in 32 original recipe flavors, if Kilwins isn’t already your favorite, it’s about to be.
Traditional American food, wood-fired pizza, milkshakes and beer—you can’t go wrong with The Cannon Brew Pub. From the bar, guests can view the massive vats where the pub’s 10 award-winning beers are brewed, while those in the dining room enjoy the sights and sounds of the wood-burning pizza oven. Bring your family, your friends and your appetite to this Columbus classic.
River and Sky
For those seeking a true adrenaline rush, Whitewater Express has your fix. Whitewater rafting on the world’s longest urban course and ziplining at 40 mph from Alabama to Georgia are just the beginning of the adventures waiting for you at Whitewater Express.
On the Town
Downtown Columbus, affectionately referred to as the “Uptown,” is not short on activities to fill your itinerary. Take a group tour of the city with Ride on Bikes, or rent solo to discover the Uptown at your leisure. Friday nights, bring a chair and settle in to enjoy live music at the free Columbus Concert Series on Broadway. Saturday mornings welcome the celebrated Market Days with an eclectic mix of foods and crafts from the region’s finest artisans and farmers.
Through Time and Space
Columbus takes pride in honoring our country’s veterans and military history. Explore the past with impressive exhibits and an interactive experience at the National Infantry Museum, or take a tour of original warships and stunning replicas at the Civil War Naval Museum.
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center houses the state-of-the-art Omnisphere Theater, which immerses viewers in unique videos, from inside the human body to the far reaches of outer space.