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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

3 Days - 2 Nights

Day One

Time

Event

8:30 a.m. -

5:30 p.m.

Stop at the Visitors Center at 900 Front Avenue for information about local events and pick up unique visitor items at the gift shop.

6:00 p.m.

Dinner at any of a number of fine eating establishments in Columbus.

9:00 p.m.

Overnight at any of over 40 quality properties located throughout the city of Columbus.

Day Two

Time

Event

9:00 a.m.

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the option of seeing where history was made during the first ever competition of women's softball during the 1996 Olympics at Golden Park.

OR

Discover a bit about the city - take a stroll down Broadway in Uptown Columbus and check out the many pieces of art that make up the Sculpture Walk.

10:00 a.m.

The flight directors at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center invite you to participate in the simulated launch of a Space Shuttle. You’ll also have an opportunity to view some amazing productions shown in the planetarium. Allow about 2 hours.

12:30 p.m.

It’s lunch time. Your options extend from country cooking to Chinese; from down home barbecue to nouveau cuisine. You have numerous restaurants from which to choose.

2:00 p.m.

The Columbus Museum - the second largest in the Southeast - features educational, historical, and fine art exhibits. The history gallery will take you on a tour of the Chattahoochee Valley Region from prehistoric time on up through modern day. The Chattahoochee Legacy is an award winning film about the area which lasts about 20 minutes. Allow at least one hour for the museum.

3:00 p.m.

As you approach the National Infantry Museum, make a note in your travel diary that Fort Benning was named the Best Military Installation in the World by the Army Community of Excellence (ACOE) . The museum displays one of the world’s largest collection of military artifacts and traces the steps of the American foot soldier across two centuries of courage and determination. Allow at least 1 1/2 hours for tour.

5:00 p.m.

Return to hotel for a brief rest and to freshen up before dinner.

6:00 p.m.

Dinner at one of many fine restaurants in the Historic District followed by an award-winning production at the Springer Opera House, during the production season.

OR

Dinner at any of a number of fine eating establishments in Columbus followed by an evening with the Columbus Symphony during concert season or a performance at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

10:00 p.m.

Return to hotel. Overnight in Columbus.

Day Three

Time

Event

9:00 a.m.

After a casual breakfast at the hotel, stop by the Columbus Visitors Center. Then venture to the historical Linwood Cemetery where you can walk back in time and view the headstones of Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the mother of the Blues, who is buried at Linwood…or Dr. John S. Pemberton, the originator of the Coca-Cola formula. While there, you can discover many well known characters of the 1800s and early 1900s.

11:30 a.m.

Minnie’s Restaurant in the Historic District invites you drop in for lunch featuring the best country cooking in the area. It is suggested a group arrive at Minnie’s at 11-11:30 a.m. or 1-1:30 p.m. Arriving at noon requires a 40-minute wait. Open for brunch on Sunday.

12:30 p.m.

Your visit to Columbus won’t be complete if you fail to visit the home of Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the Mother of the Blues. The home is open for tours by appointment and is listed on the National Historic Register. This house museum honors some of the achievements of this talented lady. The Columbus community is rich in African-American heritage as evidenced by St. James A.M. E. Church. By appointment, Rev. Scottie Swinney invites you to view this national Historic Register site, which features wood doors, hand-carved by slaves.

Mid-afternoon

Depart Columbus for home, but return soon! There’s much more to see and do.