Columbus has to be one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities I’ve ever been to and as a military spouse I’ve traveled to a lot of places. I fall in love with it a little bit more every time I go. There’s always a new place to visit, a new restaurant to try or improvements that have been made, but there’s also my old stand bys like my favorite coffee shop (in the country! And I’ve lived next to Seattle LOL) and the coolest antique/upcycled shop I’ve ever seen.
From the charming and walkable downtown with beautiful river views to the amazing local restaurants, shopping, parks and museums it’s hard to experience everything. This list only scratches the surface. You’ll have to go explore for yourself to try to experience everything.
The Riverwalk: Take a stroll or bike ride, watch some paddle boarders, rent a kayak, cross the Chattahoochee on a zipline, the possibilities are almost endless. If you have kiddos, don’t miss the park and spray ground!
On Saturday mornings, you won’t want to miss the amazing market on Broadway. Theres amazing produce, baked goods, jams, hand made items, local artists and more.
Iron Bank Coffee, located at 6W 11th Street, this is somewhere I make sure to stop every time I visit Columbus. I love their decor, fresh pastries and most of all, their iced coffees! Farmer’s Tan and Monkey Business are two of my favorites. I almost always have to have one of their amazing chocolate chip cookies to go too.
Junque Yard Antiques at 513 14th Street is probably one of the coolest stores I’ve ever been to. I try to stop in every time I even get near the place and have an extra minute (or preferably an hour) to see what’s new. I almost always come away with a few treasures.
The National Infantry Museum: Named by CNN as a museum that “every military enthusiast should visit” This free and interactive museum is a must see while your in Columbus. Reflect on wars of the past along with current conflicts while browsing artifacts, monuments, exhibits and videos including the new Global War on Terrorism Memorial, “honoring all who have served their country since 9/11”. *photo courtesy of the National Infantry Museum Facebook Page
The Columbus Museum (of Art), is another amazing and free museum. This was one of my favorite places while living there. Their installations rival almost every museum of any major city I’ve been to. Their interactive children’s area is the best I’ve seen anywhere, ever, seriously I can’t say enough…. I still can’t believe it’s free! This is definitely a must do, especially on a rainy day. Don’t miss the small but fun “Bradley Olmsted Garden” beside the museum.
*photo Courtesy of The Columbus Museum website
In the area is Little Grand Canyon of Georgia aka Providence Canyon State Park. Located a short drive from Columbus, this natural wonder is something to behold. Most people I’ve spoken to that lived in the area had no idea that this gem is nearby. This is definitely a must for hikers but is easy enough terrain that my kids (and my out of shape self) fairly easily conquered the walk down into and subsequently back up from the canyon floor. It can also be viewed from above if you aren’t interested in the hike. Check it out for a small $5 per car parking fee.
The food: It would take almost a whole book to talk about the amazing food and restaurants Columbus has to offer. Here are a few of my favorites:
Epic: For a romantic dinner or for and upscale meal, you can’t beat the awesomeness that is Epic! It’s a true food experience.
For fried chicken and amazing Southern food done right, visit Minnie’s
If you’re looking to for some awesome Korean BBQ, check out Koreana
In the mood for a sandwich? Stop in at Momma Goldberg’s (the location on Broadway is my favorite).
Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything. If you’ve been to Columbus, GA, leave a comment with your favorite spot.