Columbus does amazing Uptown innovation
Columbus dubbed it's downtown area Uptown because it's become the center for entertainment, a great food scene, and a better example of urban redevelopment.
Uptown Columbus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that facilitates and coordinates economic revitalization initiatives throughout the Central Business District, Riverfront and throughout Uptown. There's an incredible attention to detail regarding building preservation, cleanliness and live/work/play accommodations. 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 “mild to wild” with five class 4+ rapids and 10 smaller rapids.
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 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 at Port Columbus and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Port Columbus chronicles the role of naval warfare during the Civil War. More than 25,000 visitors tour this museum each 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.
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 theatre, 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.
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, WestRock 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 FOOD
Locals and visitors alike can rattle off a culinary favorite often starting with Dinglewood Pharmacy and it's world famous scrambled dogs. Country’s Barbeque, a family owned business since 1975, has taken an old bus station and renovated it into a go-to stop for delicious barbeque and southern style meals from buttermilk fried chicken, brisket, locally grown vegetables, including what foodies have ranked as Georgia's 8th best when it comes to sweet tea.
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. 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. Today, the 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.
Columbus has the largest contiguous 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 part of the city’s culture with it's School of Music located in RiverCenter and nursing and education schools recently relocated to Uptown.
The success of Columbus’ homegrown innovation has also led to big business proudly opening home operations within the city. Uptown, Muscogee Technology Park and the Corporate Ridge Business Park 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.