Columbus Facts

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Columbus is an authentic Rivertown. The gently rolling waters of the Chattahoochee have provided energy, employment, and recreation for the citizens of Columbus throughout the years. Today, the river is home to the 15-mile trail known as the Chattahoochee RiverWalk. The RiverWalk provides an excellent facility to bike, in-line skate, jog, or just take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the scenery. The RiverWalk is home to the largest urban whitewater course in the world.

Columbus is ideally located where five major highways intersect. Columbus is located at the center of most of Georgia’s major attractions, including nationally-renowned Callaway Gardens, Roosevelt’s Little White House, and Westville the Village of 1850. What’s more, the city is less than an hour’s drive from Georgia’s most popular statewide destinations.

Locally, Columbus offers a variety of attractions such as the State Theatre of Georgia, the historic Springer Opera House; the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus; the National Infantry Museum, which displays a large collection of military art and artifacts; the Columbus Museum, one of the largest state-of-the-art facilities in the Southeast; and the beautiful Historic District - circa 1850-1870. The Coca-Cola formula originated in Columbus in the 1860s. Today, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center allows children to explore their imaginations and fly to the moon and back on a simulated mission in the Challenger Learning Center.

Renovated in the 1970’s, the historic Columbus Iron Works, now The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center, was once a munitions factory during the Civil War and still displays its early wares including items from Civil War cannons to iceboxes, produced in the early 1800’s. Today, the facility is recognized as one of the nation’s finest examples of “adaptive reuse” offering 182,000 square feet of space, including three exhibit halls and 27 meeting rooms, a dining gallery, and a 22,000 square foot ballroom.

The South Commons Complex is the finest collection of sports facilities you will find at one location. The centerpiece of the complex is the Columbus Civic Center. Opened in 1996, this 10,000 seat venue is a true multi-purpose facility. A recent addition to South Commons is a 2,500 seat softball stadium. The stadium is surrounded by a seven field softball complex and provides Columbus with the opportunity to host any size softball event. Memorial Stadium is a 17,000 seat football stadium that has been recently refurbished. The stadium hosts college football powers Albany State and Ft. Valley State, and the Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic. Historic Golden Park is a 4,500 seat baseball stadium that was completely refurbished in 1996 and was the Olympic venue for the Women’s Fastpitch Softball competition.

As Georgia’s second-largest city, Columbus has over 4,600 quality hotel rooms and numerous meeting facilities. And, with so many accommodations and flexible convention space, the city plays host to hundreds of tour groups as well as state, regional, and national meetings each year.

Columbus is a vibrant and growing community of 280,000 people. Along with being home to one of the largest Army Installations in the World at Fort Benning, Columbus is the corporate headquarters of many of the United States’ leading companies such as Aflac Insurance, Carmike Cinemas, Char-Broil, TSYS, and Lance Snack Foods.

Once Georgia’s last frontier outpost, now it’s third largest city, Columbus is a true destination of choice. From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia - Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war - Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Explore Columbus, GA.

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