Columbus Attractions for Kids
Columbus is a friendly city with attractions for kids and lots of activities for the whole family. History, Theatre, Arts & Sports – Columbus, GA has it all. Bring the entire family on your next visit. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for an updated list of things to do while you’re visiting!
Bay Ave. and 11th St. Columbus
A 15-mile trail along the banks of the Chattahoochee River that provides an excellent facility to bilk, in-line skate, jog or just take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the scenery. The RiverWalk is one of the most attractive and inspiring urban experiences in Georgia. There are three historical walking or driving tours around downtown Columbus: Uptown (business district), the Historic District and High Uptown (residential districts). Brochures and self-guided tours are available at the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Coca-Cola Space Science Center
701 Front Avenue Columbus, GA 31901
706-649-1470 | website
Features interactive displays, NASA exhibits and replicas of an Apollo Capsule and Space Shuttle, Planetarium, and Mead Observatory. There is an admission fee to experience hands-on exhibits, shows in the Omnisphere Theatre and Challenger Learning Center missions.
1251 Wynnton Road Columbus, Georgia 31906
706-748-2562 | website
Experience American art and the history of the region at the Columbus Museuam, the largest art and history museum in Georgia and one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The museum features changing art and history exhibitions, almost 300 years of American fine and decorative art, the history of the Chattahoochee Valley. Don’t miss Transformations, the museum’s interactive gallery where children can create their own masterpieces.
708 Broadway, Columbus
706.322.0756 | website
Come and experience Heritage Park: with beautiful granite pools recreating the falls of the Chattahoochee River, exciting water elements, and handsome outdoor sculptures with historic interpretations visitors will surely enjoy. Heritage Park is a joint project of Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc., Uptown Columbus, Inc., and the City of Columbus. Located in Columbus’ Historic District at Seventh Street between Front Avenue and Broadway, just across the street from Historic Columbus Foundation’s Heritage Corner.
National Infantry Museum & Patriot Park IMAX
1775 Legacy Way, Columbus
706-545-2958 | website
This state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the United States Army Infantryman, from the fields of the American Revolution to the sands of Afghanistan. The museum houses an amazing display of artifacts from all eras of American history and contains numerous interactive multimedia exhibits, telling the story of our nation’s past with the latest in technological innovation. In addition to exhibit galleries, the National Infantry Museum also features the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, Patriot Park IMAX Theatre, Virtual Army Experience Simulators, and EST2000 Rifle Range.
3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus
706-507-8550 | website
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal educational programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Here, you can see alligators, fish, tortoises, bees, snakes, and much more!
Columbus Botanical Garden
3603 Weems Rd., Columbus
706.327.8400 | website
A 22-acre facility which provides visitors an attractive venue and colorful setting for photography, special events, horticultural seminars and community learning. Hike the Joann Holt Walking Trail or stroll through the display gardens that showcase a range of local plant species. On weekdays, you can also tour the historic 1890s Adams Farmhouse.
1000 Bay Avenue, Columbus
800.676.7238 | website
Come raft with us on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Ga. and Phenix City, Ala., the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world! USA Today picked the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park as one of the Top 12 man-made Adventures in the World! The course consists of over 5 class 4+ rapids and 10 smaller rapids. It is one of the most exciting whitewater rafting rivers in the US!
River Front Splash pad
10th Street and Bay Avenue – Woodruff Park, Columbus
The River Front Splash pad features 32 water jets capable of shooting to heights of eight feet with water sprouts that can be lit and programmed to music. The interactive fountain, located on property owned by Columbus State University, is right next to the new military service walk and across from the Columbus Whitewater Express store on Bay Avenue.
National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus
1002 Victory Dr, Columbus
706-327-9798 | website
Come aboard and get the little known Navy view of the Civil War. Our 40,000 ft facility houses the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. Other exhibits include a full scale ship representation of the USS Waterwitch, a recreation of the USS Hartford with its berth deck, ward room and captain’s cabin, a full scale replica of the USS Monitor’s famous turret and an exterior/interior view of the CSS Albermarle.