Columbus does amazing
Everyone is familiar with the “it” cities in the South. They’re on every list. Columbus is ready to break into that list. We’re not a backwater. We’re a city of 250,000 strong. Our downtown—wait, our Uptown—thrives day and night. Brick and steel buildings of the past now make up our renovated 21st century skyline. Instead of an urban river you’re afraid to touch, our Chattahoochee invites you in. Our arts and cultural entertainment surprise. Our world class museums inspire. Outdoor activities abound. Government and business work together to make it happen. We believe in big, bold ideas that impress while revering our past. That’s why, around every corner, Columbus proves “We do amazing.”
Columbus does amazing Uptown innovation
We have a large and lively downtown. So, lively and innovative in fact, that “downtown” does not cut it. That’s right Columbus dubbed their downtown area Uptown. Strolling down the streets of Uptown the first thing to catch your eye will be the riverfront. Next you might notice the renovated spaces where beautiful, restored building structures preserve the city’s history.
Uptown Columbus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that facilitates and coordinates economic revitalization initiatives throughout the Central Business District, Riverfront and throughout Uptown. You will find an incredible attention to detail regarding building preservation, cleanliness and live/work/play accommodations. Locals are proud of their city and their Uptown. In Columbus, urban culture and outdoor environments encourage discovery.
Columbus does amazing urban adventure
The Chattahoochee Whitewater Park boasts adventure around every bend. Some urban rivers are best enjoyed from a distance. In Columbus, the Chattahoochee River beckons with the longest urban whitewater course in the world. This stretch of the river is described as “Wild as Colorado and as Warm as Costa Rica” with five class 4+ rapids and 10 smaller rapids. But what does the longest really mean? The Ocoee River in Tennessee can reach up to 1,100 cubic feet per second in volume. The rapids on the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park can reach up to 13,000 cubic feet per second in volume. This makes the rapids the largest south of Canada and east of the Chattahoochee.
But there’s more. After braving the adventure of the waters, city-goers can speed above the rapids with an urban zip line that crosses the river. Those who prefer on-land adventures can enjoy the river biking, walking or running on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, a 15-mile linear park.
Columbus does amazing military pride
Home to Fort Benning, the sixth largest military base in the US, the base supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees daily. The military connection is seen throughout the community with businesses and museums honoring military achievements and the presence of military officers and trainees, including two national military museums, the National Civil War Naval Museum and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus chronicles Columbus’ role as one of the most important industrial and transportation hubs in the south during the Civil War because of its strategic location along the Chattahoochee River. More than 25,000 visitors tour the National Civil war Naval Museum a year. Since opening in Columbus in 2007, the National Infantry Museum and Solider Center has shared the stories and history of the United States Infantry with more than 300,000 visitors every year. New for 2018, the Museum plans to open a Global War on Terror Memorial. A not-to-be-missed occasion combining history and tradition with present-day, Fort Benning conducts their graduation ceremonies on the lawn right next door of the National Infantry Museum on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year.
Columbus does amazing arts, sciences and culture
Many cities have theatres, museums and galleries. Columbus has the 1924-built Liberty Theatre, where Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Columbus-born Ma Rainey, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and more got their start. There’s the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts where riverfront meets masterpieces. Columbus is home to the State Theater of Georgia, the Springer Opera House, a leading Southern cultural institution for 144 years. The Springer is not only Georgia’s oldest professional theatres, it is also only one of seven theatres in the United States that is also a National Historic Landmark. Noteworthy performances that have graced the stage since 1871 include Edwin Booth, Buffalo Bill, Ma Rainey, Burt Reynolds, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, and many more.
The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the southeast, boasting more than 45,000 visitors each year. For another look at Columbus history, the Linwood Cemetery is a memorial garden and open-air museum of art honoring the lives of those who helped build Columbus.
The Coca-Cola Space Science Center innovatively combines education and entertainment to promote science exploration and discovery throughout Columbus and the Southeast. Along with a host of interactive gallery exhibits, the Center is home to the Challenger Learning Center mission simulator, MeadWestvaco Observatory, and Omnisphere Planetarium Theater.
For terrestrial exploration, the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center has walking trails and hands-on learning to discover the Chattahoochee’s hardwood wetland. Anyone can enjoy the nature of Columbus with free admission to the Center.
Columbus does amazing home-style cooking
Locals, recent visitors or those who have eaten in Columbus will quickly rattle off their culinary favorites often starting with Dinglewood Pharmacy. Yes, you read that right. A pharmacy in Columbus serves world famous scrambled dogs that you can’t leave Columbus without trying. Next, prepare your taste buds for Country’s Barbeque. A true family-and-friends owned business since 1975, Country’s has taken an old bus station and renovated it into a go-to stop for delicious barbeque.
The delicious dining only continues with everything from craft beer at the Cannon Brew Pub, fried chicken at Minnie’s, a historic flair at Downstairs at the Loft, local roasted coffee at Fountain City Coffee and Iron Bank Coffee, to the best in southern cooking at Ruth Ann’s and more. As a matter of fact, there are more than 500 restaurants in Columbus to choose from.
Columbus does an amazing entrepreneurial spirit
Columbus is an innovator, bringing creativity and public-private partnerships that make an impact. Projects like the Chattahoochee RiverWalk were deemed audacious by other cities. However, the citizens of Columbus were quickly supportive of the project. The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is the result of creative minds tackling the challenge of an outdated sewer system in a way that resulted in an incredible asset for Columbus – a pedestrian and bike path fronting the Chattahoochee that became the new face of the city. The result of the project provides the community with an even more accessible way to enjoy a clean and beautiful river.
Columbus has the largest continuous historic district in the southeast. And still, the city captures the attention of upcoming generations. Columbus State University has flourished from the city’s spirit with a growing student base. The University is spreading out to embrace the city’s culture with their School of Music located in RiverCenter and their nursing and education schools recently relocated to Uptown.
The success of Columbus’ homegrown innovation has also led to big corporations proudly opening home operations within the city. At Uptown, Muscogee Technology Park, the Corporate Ridge Business Park and new campus building opportunities attract national and international organizations like AFLAC, TSYS, Synovus and Charbroil. The relentless pursuit of economic and cultural progress, while maintaining an almost unwavering stand for historic preservation, has become a defining public and private mantra in Columbus.