Columbus is four hours from the Gulf of Mexico, five hours from the Atlantic Ocean, two hours from Atlanta, and four hours from the Great Smokey Mountains. There are also many area attractions in and around the Columbus and surrounding area.
Attractions with a short driving distance include: Andersonville Civil War Village and Cemetary; Providence Canyon State Park west of Lumpkin; Westville, a re-created village of 1850 – 1/2 mile south of Lumpkin; Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain; The Little White House and Warm Springs Village in Warm Springs. You can find out information about these areas by visitingwww.VisitColumbusGa.com.
The Springer Opera House, a National Historic Landmark and State Theatre of Georgia, is in Uptown Columbus. www.SpringerOperaHouse.org
The River Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility that is designed to meet the complex technical needs of attractions such as Broadway Shows, Symphonic Concerts, Opera, Dance Performances, Pop Concerts, Lectures and Conferences. www.RiverCenter.org
Callaway Gardens is located 30 miles north of Columbus and is known for its 2500 acres of Georgia flora and The Festival of Lights. For more information call 1-800-CALLAWAY or www.CallawayGardens.com
Other Area Attractions located within the city limits include:
The Columbus Museum – www.ColumbusMuseum.com
National Civil War Naval Museum – www.PortColumbus.org
National Infantry Museum – www.NationalInfantryFoundation.org
Coca Cola Space Science Museum – www.CCSSC.org
SPORTS and RECREATION
Columbus boasts many recreational opportunities. There are over 2500 acres of public parks, both public and private golf courses, marinas, a soccer complex, and other recreational facilities. Great fishing and hunting opportunities with five reservoirs within a fifty mile radius of the city including Lake Oliver and Lake Harding are located around the area.
Recreation and Parks – www.ColumbusGa.org/Parks
Oxbow Meadows – Oxbow.Colstate.edu
Pine Mountain Animal Safari – www.animalsafari.com
Lake Harding is located on the Chattahoochee Rive (aka “The Hooch”) just north of Columbus, Georgia. It spans 5,850 acres and spreads along a 13-mile section of the portion of the Chattahoochee River that separates Georgia and Alabama. Water sports such as boating, swimming, skiing, fishing and sailing are enjoyed on Lake Harding. There are several restaurants, camping facilities, boat landings and marinas located on the Georgia and Alabama side of Lake Harding.
Lake Oliver received heavy recreational boating use in the summer. The lake is long, narrow, and only 2,150 acres, so it cannot absorb much boat traffic without feeling crowded. Houses and cabins line the lake’s shoreline, and nearly all of them have at least one boat tied up. Lake Oliver gets about as much summer boat traffic as it can stand. The arrival of cooler weather brings a respite from the boat traffic and Lake Oliver’s main clientele becomes the angler. Lake Oliver is best known for its bream fishing. Key species: largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid striped bass and white bass.
Local residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of spectacular sports held at CSU, Golden Park and the Civic Center. The Columbus Cottonmouths are a semi-professional hockey team, the River Dragons are part of National Basketball Developmental League, the Vipers are part of the American Indoor Football Association (Arena Football) and the Columbus Catfish are our minor league baseball team.