You know how a few years ago people were running around hashtagging YOLO?
Yeah, that annoyed us, too, and don’t worry … we’re not bringing that back. However, we are all about chasing experiences, trying new things, and having a blast, which is why in Columbus, Georgia, we “go all out” (#GOALLOUT).
Although there are lots of ways to have a bigger, better, and wilder vacation in this city, we’ve found these Columbus, GA attractions are hands down the “All OUT Fave” top 12.
1. All OUT Thrills: Whitewater Rafting
Named the “Top 12 Man-Made Adventures in the World” by USA Today, Columbus Whitewater on the Chattahoochee River is the longest urban whitewater course in the world and offers rafting adventures ranging from Class I to Class V. There’s even a lazy river ride through the habitat pond.
2. All OUT Zip: Zip Lining
Zip lining in and of itself is cool, but it gets infinitely more awesome when you’re zip lining across state lines and over the Chattahoochee River with Blue Heron Adventure. After you reach Phenix, AL, challenge yourself on the Blue Heron Aerial Course, comprised of ten tree-top obstacles. Not to worry; you won’t be stranded…a motorized Canyon Raft is standing by to bring you back to the Georgia shore.
3. All OUT Exploration: Riverwalk Geotour
In addition to hiking, biking, and kayaking, you can also take a GeoTour along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk. Geocaching is a fun way for kids and adults of all ages to discover and explore places. It’s like a high-tech treasure hunt you play with your handheld GPS or smartphone.
4. All OUT Views: Heritage Park
Travel from the past to the present to the future. Start in Heritage Park for a walking tour to get a glimpse of Columbus’ rich industrial heritage.
5. All OUT Views: Space Museum
Coca-Cola Space Science Center: fly to the moon, see the heavens as they looked when Caesar built his empire, watch a total eclipse of the sun as it happens on the other side of the world. This is a learning center, multi-media planetarium, and observatory that makes star gazing almost science fiction.
6. All OUT Glory: The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
The National Infantry Museum in Columbus is the place to explore the military heritage of the infantryman from Colonial Days to modern times. The museum also has a digital theater, an onsite restaurant, and a gift shop! A great way to spend the day with family and friends. Another reason why this is one of our favorite Columbus, GA attractions? Admission to the Infantry Museum is free.
7. All OUT Wow: Art Museums
Discover art, heritage, culture, and history under one roof at the “always changing, always free” Columbus Museum. It’s one of the largest museums in the southeast and features fixed and rotating exhibits with a special emphasis on American Art and regional history.
8. All OUT Story: Plays & Shows
Get wowed—from the Temptations to the Ten Tenors—at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, which offers an exceptional annual program of events, nationally and internationally famous performers are often booked at this 2000-seat performance venue. It’s just one of seven performance theaters in the original city we call Uptown.
9. All OUT Now: Theater
The Springer is not only the State Theatre of Georgia, but it’s also one of only seven theaters in the United States presenting theatrical productions in a National Historic Landmark. It offers a yearly season of three play series—the Mainstage Series in Emily Woodruff Hall, the Studio ll Series in the brand new McClure Theatre, and the Springer Children’s Theatre Series, which is produced in both the Mainstage and the McClure.
10. All OUT Hip: Columbus Concerts
From legends of country music (and other genres, of course) to classical. Musically, there is something for everyone! Choose from an indoor concert at RiverCenter or an outdoor festival in Uptown. Columbus is a city that knows how to rock, jam, slam…you get the idea.
11. All OUT Blues: Ma Rainey
The restored home of Gertrude “MA” Rainey, is now a house museum that pays homage to Ma Rainey’s life and to her contribution to the blues tradition, most notably her widely recognized style that included a combination of field hollers and shouts. As you tour the house museum, discover why Ma was dubbed the “Mother of the Blues” and how she influenced blues and jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong.
12. All OUT Chills: Dining
Barbeque, pizza, burgers, brews, pub fare…is there anything Columbus’ dining scene doesn’t do? With over 500 restaurants, you can go local, low-key, upscale…whatever you’re in the mood for, and it’s all going to be all-out delicious.
A trip including some fabulous Columbus, GA attractions is the vacation that will leave your kids Snapchatting about what an awesome parent you are. This is the vacation where you’re going to be all in to go all out.
It’s time to get loose, to get a little wild, and to get outdoors. If you’re ready for a vacation that lets you go “all out” all of the time, then beautiful, exciting Columbus, Georgia is the place to direct your thirst for a thrilling experience. Check out GoAllOutColumbusGa.com to get more inspiration on how you can “go all out” in Columbus.