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January 30, 2018
What are you doing this Saturday? What are you doing this weekend? How often do you think about that early in the week when you don’t have other plans already nailed down? Columbus has a weekend vacation alternative for you during the Winter months that might be surprising. Come on a Friday night and take in a great dinner or a show at one of our local theaters. Do some shopping at our malls and retail stores, or do window shopping with a stroll down Broadway. Then, on Saturday morning, visit Market Days on Broadway, our year-round Saturday morning craft and farmer’s market. Encompassing several blocks, you will find all kinds of things to look at, buy, and bring home! Schedule a local historical and sightseeing tour. Visit one of our great museums. Take a walk along the Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee River. Enjoy a bike ride and some great outdoor fun! There is absolutely no reason to sit at home on a weekend in the Winter when Columbus is nearby and offers adventure, fun, beauty, access to the outdoor experiences and indoor learning, great food, markets and shopping, music, and so much more! This isn’t meant to be an advertisement. It is an invitation to a great weekend of experiences and enjoyment that is available in a concentrated and accessible area. Check out some of the great Things to Do in Columbus and get started planning your weekend trip!
December 27, 2017
All of the wrapping paper is put away, the tree is growing brittle, the cookies and egg nog have been consumed (too much so), family and guests have gone home (or not), and the family is growing restless. What do you do in the last days of the year that are short, cold, and often aimless? Columbus has some options for you! If you live in the Mid-South area, Columbus is just a bit over an hour’s drive from Montgomery and Atlanta. It makes for a perfect place for an overnight trip to visit military and history museums, take nature hikes, bike rides, walking tours, eat at great restaurants, catch a Broadway quality show, and explore the history and scenery of the Chattahoochee River Valley. Take a local historic sightseeing tour that explores Columbus from many different angles. Or, plan a trip to the “Fantasy in Lights” at the incredible, beautiful, nearby Callaway Gardens and stay in Columbus as a home base. Visit the Smithsonian quality National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum . There is so much to do! As the year winds down and you draw close to family, why not plan an adventure? An excursion to Columbus to explore, learn, eat great food, see amazing things, laugh, and play together?
November 21, 2017
Christmastime is here in West Georgia and we have fun and experiences for the whole family available for you to enjoy! Starting with Thanksgiving Weekend with shopping, events, plays, outdoor outings, and plenty of Christmas and Holiday festivities all the way through the New Year, Columbus and the West Georgia area is a great place to explore, spend a weekend, and enjoy the holiday season! One of the premier destinations in the South for Christmas celebration is Callaway Gardens, less than an hour away from Columbus. Make plans to stay in Columbus at one of our great hotels and then drive to Callaway for their Fantasy in Lights Celebration! From now until January 6th, Callaway has over 8 million lights and 15 displays as well as a Christmas Village, dining options, breakfast and dinner shows, and all kinds of other holiday activities. A visit to Callaway Gardens is a perfect way to spend a holiday weekend! Staying in Columbus gives you lots of options for other activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment that you cannot find in any other adjacent community. We hope to see you over the Holiday Season!
October 16, 2017
We’ve been saying it, but now it’s time to experience it! October and November weekends in Columbus along the Chattahoochee are the best time of year to “go all out” and experience the beauty and glory of Fall in the South, with cooler days and nights, changing colors, and festivities every weekend! Fall in Columbus means you can combine the outdoor activities that summer provides, like whitewater rafting in the Chattahoochee, biking, hiking, and Uptown walks, with the outdoor festivals that are our speciality! Check out the festivals and special events over the next few weeks: Arts on the River, Saturday, October 21, 2017 At 11:00Am - 5:00pm “Arts on the River is in its 22nd year, a fine arts only show and sale with artists from throughout the south east. Located in the median of the 1100 block of Broadway, Columbus, GA, a $1200 Best in Show award is presented to the winning artist. A qualified judge from out of town determines the recipient of all awards. The show opens at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Details on web site www.artsontheriver.com. Entertainment all day. This event is free to the public, no ticket required.” The National Infantry Museum’s new National Memorial to the Global War on Terrorism will be dedicated Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be open to the public at the dedication and thereafter. “The memorial, now under construction, will include eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service since 9/11. A 13-foot steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and donated to the museum by New York City firefighters will sit atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial also will feature nine bronze figures representing an Infantry squad, illustrations of each service’s role in protecting our nation, and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war.” These are just a few of the new events and attractions opening in Columbus during the Fall. We haven’t even talked about the plays, shows, live music, and great restaurants! Come visit us!
October 2, 2017
Are you ready for some football? Each October, Columbus hosts the Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic, which is one of the great football rivalries in the South. We’ll be hosting events all week long (check out the calendar for the various events), all culminating with the big game on October 7. The "Grand Daddy" of all classics is proud of our 82 years of gridiron tradition. We promote the best play from our student athletes, as well as sportsmanship like conduct on and off the field. We are indeed proud of the 112 years of family relationships associated with the classic. The annual Tuskegee Morehouse classic is set for 2:00pm at A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium in beautiful Columbus, GA. This year marks the 82nd meeting between the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. Find all your gameday information here at the official classic website. Host Hotels Columbus Mariott Hotel ** Classic room rates $109 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 455-9261. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Classic Code: Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic Country Inn and Suites ** Classic room rates $79 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 830-5222. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Tickets Youth Tickets(HS & Under) - $15.00 Advanced Tickets - $20.00 Game Day Tickets - $25.00 Come Out for a classic Southern football rivalry! We hope to see you around town!
September 28, 2017
What are YOU doing this weekend? Any plans? Want to get away? You could pick just about any weekend on the calendar, look over at Columbus, ask what’s going on, and make some incredible plans! Whether it is this weekend, next weekend, or a month from now, Columbus has a steady array of concerts, plays, and special events, coupled with amazing restaurants, outdoor activities year round, world class museums, and a beautiful Southern setting along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. What are you waiting for? Here’s an example of just a “regular” weekend in Columbus: Live Music Outdoors with Ricky Gunn and the Friday Night Concert Series Friday, September 29th, 7pm - 10pm, 1000 Block of Broadway. Start your weekend off with live music from Columbus’ own Ricky Gunn. Enjoy the cooler nights that we’re starting to have, grab an amazing dinner in one of our incredible restaurants, and then bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music under the stars. Catch a World Class Performance of an Award Winning Play/Musical! We have two amazing live theater performances happening Friday night (as we do most weekends) with the award winning Last Night of Ballyhoo and Dreamgirls. Take your pick and enjoy! Market Days on Broadway Saturday, September 30th (and every weekend), 9am - noon, 1000 and 1100 Blocks of Broadway “Uptown Columbus' Market Days on Broadway takes place every Saturday morning, year-round from 9am until Noon in the 1000 &1100 blocks of Broadway. You will find over 100 local vendors selling anything and everything that you can image. The Market features many local and organic farmers selling produce, along with soap vendors, home goods, jewelry vendors and baked goods.” The 8th Annual Uptown Beer & Wine Festival. Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 1pm - 5pm. This is one of the more popular events on the calendar each year in Columbus. Over 100 craft beers from all over the country are made available along with over 25 wine selections. A DJ playing music, college football available to watch, and food provided by a host of Uptown restaurants. This is a great way to spend a Saturday in the Fall! Color Me Rad 5K in Uptown, Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9am - 12pm This is a 5K with a twist as it sends you through color stations leaving you coming out looking quite a bit different from when you started! This is fun for couples and the whole family as you run for fun! At the end, there will be music, food, and more! Come to Columbus this weekend! Or next! Or the next! There’ll be something great to do when you arrive!
August 25, 2017
With the weather cooling off a bit in the Fall, this is the best time of year in the South for outdoor fun, adventure, and exploring. Columbus is the premier weekend getaway for outdoor adventure combined with urban amenities in the Deep South. Where else can you plan a rafting trip, mountain biking, kayaking, zip lining, paint ball, a visit to a world class museum, and then an amazing dinner at a top flight restaurant followed by a Broadway caliber play and then late night live music? Columbus gives you all of those options go all out for adventure, great food, and amazing fun - all in the same place! Recently, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer listed “Seven activities in Columbus that will get your adrenaline pumping.” That’s a great way to plan a weekend, isn’t it? Think about what will get your adrenaline pumping! The activities listed included: Mountain Biking at Flat Rock Park The Columbus Escape Rooms Whitewater Rafting Laser Tag and Paintball Launch Trampoline Park Intrigued yet? Make plans to join us in Columbus one weekend and go all out to experience all of this excitement and adventure. Or, kick back and enjoy lunch or dinner along the tree lined Broadway as you relax and take in an old, historic Southern city experiencing a 21st century renaissance! Fall is the best time for all of this and we hope to see you soon!
August 17, 2017
Now that school for families is back in session and the summer months are coming to a close, the need for weekend getaways for the family and couples is more urgent than ever! At least that’s how we see it in Columbus! The weather is still perfect for rafting on the Chattahoochee River downtown, for strolls along the tree-lined streets of Uptown, for Saturday morning outdoor shopping at Market Days on Broadway, one of the largest outdoor markets in the South, and for so much more! Explore the incredible museums that Columbus has to offer, such as the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Columbus Museum. Engage in outdoor adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, and biking. Eat incredible food at some of the best restaurants in the South, enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, or listen to live music at one of the incredible music clubs downtown. The opportunities for a weekend getaway for ether you and your significant other or the whole family are endless! Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy weekend getaways in the Deep South in a place that knows how to merge the beauty of nature with the conveniences and expressions of modern life, all literally in the same space! Columbus is breaking new ground every day on how a Southern city can merge the best of multiple worlds all in one place. Come join us and “go all out” to experience the best the South has to offer in Columbus!
July 28, 2017
Coca Cola-Space Science Center From my own experience as a Columbus native, as well as numerous TripAdvisor reviews, this is a Columbus gem and every member of your family – young or old – will love this adventure. Ever wanted to experience first-hand what it’s like to fly to the moon? Or land on Mars?
July 18, 2017
Did you know that off the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA, there’s one of the Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World? That adventure is called Whitewater Columbus, GA, and it’s the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. It’s been described as “wild as the Colorado River, and warm as Costa Rica!” Intrigued yet?
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