Tourist Attractions Close to Columbus, Georgia

Tourist Attractions Close to Columbus, Georgia
Established in 1828, Columbus, Georgia-, was once the site of a Creek Indian Village and the last frontier town of the original 13 colonies. Located 90 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus encompasses an area of about 218 square miles. This city has local museums, shopping and attractions such as Roosevelt Stables at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park for camping and horseback riding.

The Columbus Museum

Donated by the family of industrialist W.C. Bradley in 1947 to use as a center for education and culture, the Columbus Museum is located in the heart of the historic Midtown section of the city. Founded in 1953, the 12-acre museum site is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and offers a dual concentration on regional history and American art. The wheelchair accessible museum is closed on Mondays, and admission is free.

When in Columbus, you're only a short drive from the Flint River Outdoor Center, which offers canoe rentals, hiking, fishing and camping.

The Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906
(706) 748-2562
Columbusmuseum.com

Springer Opera House

Francis Joseph Springer, an immigrant from Alsace, built the Springer Opera House and it opened in 1871. This European style theater is a National Historic Landmark and the State Theater of Georgia. Take a 30-minute tour, available at 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The price of the tour is $5 per person. Springer Opera House offers a theater academy, children's theater with school and public performances and rental space throughout the theater.

Outdoor adventurists can go hiking, backpacking and camping at the Providence Canyon State Park with canyons as deep as 150 feet and located less than than 35 miles from the theater.

Springer Opera House
103 10th St.
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 324-5714
Springeroperahouse.org

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Opened in 1996, The Coca-Cola Space Science Center is a division of Columbus State University. The center offers public education in physics, astronomy and space science. Four major components make up the science center: lobby displays, the Omnisphere Theater planetarium with laser effects and concert quality sound, the Mead Observatory for astronomy outreach and the Challenger Learning Center where visitors can fly a simulated space mission. The main observatory instrument is a 16-inch Mead LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain, a solar telescope that provided images for NASA's Transit of Venus program in 2004.

The science center is located less than an hour from The Pine Mountain Trail with outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, biking and hiking.

Coca-Cola Space Science Center
701 Front Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 649-1470
Ccssc.org

Article Written By Loletrazina Church

Based in Georgia, Loletrazina Church has been a professional freelance writer for more than 24 years. She has written several health-care articles and advertisement publications for websites such as KennethCole.com and Panasonic.com. Church attended Delgado College with a major in surgical technology.

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