Top 10 Ways for Families to Escape the Ordinary in Columbus, Georgia

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Columbus|!!| GA Whitewater offers rafting from mild to wild. The 2.5-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River located in the heart of Uptown Columbus was named one of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World by USA Today.


1. Whitewater Express: river rafting and zip lining from state-to-state

Experience this new sensation in the whitewater world, the longest urban whitewater. With its mild to wild variety of trips, it caters to people of all ages and all levels of experience. The course has been described to be, “wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica.”

Then, take flight on the Blue Heron Adventure in Columbus, Georgia. Crossing the Chattahoochee River, experience the only dual-zip line that connects two states reaching speeds up to 40mph. Zip on to the Blue Heron Aerial Course, a treetop experience that will meet you in Phoenix City, Alabama with a total of 10 obstacles.


2. SUP Paddleboard, SUP Paddleboard Yoga

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports and an excellent way to get exercise while enjoying the water from a unique point of view. Whether you wish to paddle the calm water, venture into more adventurous currents or get in tune with your body in a yoga session, we would like to assist you in getting started on the water at Whitewater Express.


3. Explore Uptown Columbus

If you seek to dine, shop or watch a spectacular performance at the RiverCenter or Springer Opera House, come to Uptown for a variety of family fun. Restaurants, shopping, performing arts, nightlife and the RiverWalk make for a day and night of lively activity. City life and the vibrant pulse of the street make Uptown Columbus a popular place for locals, Uptown residents and visitors from around the region.

Retail is growing and thriving in Uptown. Uptown is home to the best locally owned and operated retailers. Whether you're looking for clothing, jewelry, unique gifts, new running shoes, outdoor apparel or a new bike, Uptown is the place! We invite you to stroll Broadway and shop with our local merchants.


4. Explore the River Walk

The RiverWalk is an outdoor 15-mile linear park that hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The RiverWalk now extends through the campus and into the cotton mill town of Bibb City. Take a leisurely stroll and witness the city's heritage.


>5. Visit the National Infantry Museum

With thousands of artifacts, monuments, interactive exhibits and video presentations on display, the National Infantry Museum is one of the nation’s leading military history destinations (and the top free museum in the nation). Visitors of all ages can experience firsthand the American Infantryman’s journey to defeat tyranny around the globe.


6. The Springer Opera House

Springer is one of America’s most vibrant professional theatre companies with a popular Mainstage Series, an innovative second-space series called Studio II and a Theatre for Young Audience Series. 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.


7. The River Center for Performing Arts

Located in the heart of historic Uptown Columbus, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of the city’s new arts and entertainment district.


8. Coca-Cola Space and Science Center

Owned and operated by Columbus State University, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center innovatively combines education and entertainment to promote science exploration and discovery throughout 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.


>9. Oxbow Meadows

Nestled in a bend of the Chattahoochee River in a hardwood wetland, Oxbow Meadows is a place where nature can be itself. Two walking trails wind between ponds taking hikers into the realm of native flora and fauna.


10. The Columbus Museum

As an American art and regional history museum, and the second largest museum in Georgia, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection. The Museum presents visitors from around the world with a comprehensive look at the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. 

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