Local Attractions

Area Attractions

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
1519 Stark Avenue, Columbus
706-327-1911
The childhood home of the writer Carson McCullers, author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Ballard of the Sad Cafe, and other works. Columbus State University operates a museum in the home that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of this great writer. The museum is open by appointment and on special occasions. Admission is free.

Chattahoochee RiverWalk
Bay Ave. and 11th St. Columbus
706-653-4504
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
Features interactive displays, NASA exhibits and replicas of an Apollo Capsule and Space Shuttle, Omnisphere Theater, Planetarium, and Mead Observatory.

Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road Columbus, Georgia 31906
706-748-2562
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, and Transformations (a hands-on gallery for kids).

Goat Rock Lake
Located just north of Columbus with one shore in Georgia and the other in Alabama, Goat Rock Lake is one of 15 Georgia Power-owned lakes in the state. The 940-acre lake has 25 miles of shoreline. IN the Chattachoochee Riverwatershead, it is formed by the Chattahoochee and Goat Rock Dam. Goat Rock is part of a 4-lake chain of Georgia Power lakes on this part of the Chattahoochee, including from north to south, Lake Harding, Goat Rock, Lake Oliver and North Highlands. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, lodging and other lake-related activities are available.

Heritage Corner Tour
1440 Second Avenue, Columbus
706-322-0756
Georgia tours, Columbus tours, heritage tours. Log Cabin, Walker-Peters-Langdon House and grounds, Woodruff Farm House, Pemberton House, 700 Broadway. Other Historic Columbus Foundation properties include: Rankin House Museum, Heritage Park in the Original City Historic District.

Heritage Park
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. Please call (706) 322-0756 to schedule a tour.

Lake Harding
Located in west central Georgia just north of Columbus with one shore in Georgia and the other in Alabama, Lake Harding is one of 15 Georgia Power-owned lakes in the state. The 5,850-acre lake has 156 miles of shoreline. In the Chattahoochee River watershed, it is formed by the Chattahoochee and Bartlett’s Ferry Dam. Harding is part of a 4-lake chain of Georgia Power lakes on this part of the Chattahoochee including, from north to south, Lake Harding, Goat Rock Lake, Lake Oliver and North Highlands. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, lodging and other lake-related activities are available.

Lake Oliver
Located in west central Georgia north of Columbus with one shore in Georgia and the other in Alabama, Lake Oliver is one of 15 Georgia Power-owned lakes in the state. The 2,150-acre lake has 40 miles of shoreline. In the Chattahoochee watershed, it is formed by the Chattahoochee and Oliver dam. Lake Oliver is part of a 4-lake chain of Georgia Power lakes on this part of the Chattahoochee including, from north to south, Lake Harding, Goat Rock Lake, Lake Oliver and North Highlands.

National Infantry Museum
Ft. Benning, GA 31905
706-545-2958
Features edged weapons, uniforms, footwear, mess equipment, fine oil paintings, firearms, bronzes, helmets, and vehicles ranging from a 1902 Studebaker Utility Wagon to the legendary Jeep.

North Highlands Lake
Located in west central Georgia north of Columbus with one shore in Georgia and the other in Alabama, North Highlands is one of 15 Georgia Power-owned lakes in the state. The 131-acre lake has 3 miles of shoreline. In the Chattahoochee River watershed, it is formed by the Chattahoochee and North Highlands Dam. North Highlands is part of a 4-lake chain of Georgia Power lakes on this part of the Chattahoochee including, from north to south, Lake Harding, Goat Rock Lake, Lake Oliver and North Highlands.

Oxbow Meadows
3535 South Lumpkin Road Columbus, GA 31901
706-687-4090
ucational programs for all ages focus on diversity of riparian wetland habitats of the Chattahoochee River floodplain. Features walking trails, a learning center, and various insects and animal displays.

Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum
1002 Victory Drive Columbus, GA 31901
706-327-9798
Features two original Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies. Interactive exhibits include a Confederate ironclad ship simulator.

Southern Odyssey, LLC
706-225-8888
info@southernodysseys.com
Walking tour company of discovery. Night time tours of entertainment and education for all ages.

Springer Opera House
103 Tenth Street Columbus, Georgia 31901
706-324-5714
The State Theatre of Georgia and a historic Southern cultural institution for over 130 years. Actors and historical celebrities such as Edwin Booth, Oscar Wilde and Buffalo Bill, have appeared on this stage.