Columbus, Georgia Sightseeing

 

The Liberty Theater

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Arts


  • Bradley Theater: Opened to the public by Paramount Pictures in 1940, this theater was named after the founder of the Columbus-based W.C. Bradley Co. The theater was designed in the grand tradition of the Golden Age of motion pictures using neo-classical and art deco architecture. It possesses one of the most impressive stages and proscenium arches in the country. The theater hosts concerts, corporate functions, theater performances, and a variety of other special events. Located on Broadway in downtown.

  • Columbus Civic Center. This 10,000-seat arena opened in 1996. It is home to the Columbus Cottonmouths ice hockey team and the Columbus Lions indoor football team, as well as the Auburn University ice hockey team. It is also used for concerts, other sporting events, and stage performences. Located on Victory Drive in downtown.

  • Liberty Theater, on 8th Avenue in downtown. Built in 1924, this theater is important to Columbus' history because it was the first Black theater in the city and, at the time of its construction, it was the largest movie house in the city, giving Caucasian theaters a run for their money. Today, the theater is used as a Performing Arts Cultural Center, hosting musical events and plays.

  • RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, on Broadway in downtown. Opening in 2002, this 2,700-seat modern performance center is the centerpiece of the city’s new arts and entertainment district, hosting many musical and theatrical performances throughout the year. It is also home to a magnificent $1,000,000 Jordan concert organ.

  • Springer Opera House, on E 10th Street in downtown. This spectacular red plush-and-gilt theater opened in 1871 and soon became known as the finest theater house between Washington and New Orleans. It was designated as the official State Theater of Georgia in 1971 by former President Jimmy Carter. A National Historic Landmark since 1975, the Springer Opera House operates today as a working theater, presenting year-round entertainment on two stages, as well as offering formal theater training and educational programming.

Museums

Downtown from across the Chattahoochee River

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  • Coca-Cola Space Science Museum. Experience a simulated mission in the Challenger Learning Center at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. The Mead Observatory is an attraction open to the public for astronomical viewing. Experience hands-on exhibits, shows in the Omnisphere Theatre and Challenger Learning Center missions. Located on Front Avenue in downtown.

  • The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd (in Midtown. As an American art and regional history museum and the second largest museum in Georgia, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection to the public. The Museum presents visitors with a comprehensive look at the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. From clothing and books to furnishings and firearms, the museum houses over 14,000 artifacts and objects that tell the story of the area's development.

  • The River Market Antiques & Lunchbox Museum, 3218 Hamilton Road, +1 706 653-6240. This one of a kind museum has been featured on NBC's "Today" as the world's largest lunchbox museum. The nostalgic are sure to find their beloved lunchbox from the past.

  • National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Dr. This facility features two original Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies. Interactive exhibits, including a Confederate ironclad ship simulator, offer the visitor an opportunity to experience 19th-century naval combat first hand. Located on Victory Drive just below downtown.

  • National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way (on South Lumpkin Road in South Columbus, +1 706-685-5800. Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 11 AM- 5PM. The National Infantry Museum contains one of the largest collections of military art and artefacts, and follows the steps of the American Infantryman soldier across two centuries of courage and determination. You can also experience movies like never before in the IMAX 3D Theatre, find a souvenir in the gift shop, and dine in the Fife & Drum Restaurant. Free, suggested donation $5.

  • Springer Opera House Museum, on E 10th Street in downtown. The museum of the State Theater of Georgia displays artifacts and furnishings which reflect the times and talents of the Springer's most celebrated personalities. It contains 19th-century theatre seats, vintage photographs, portraits, programs, posters, and other theater memorabilia.

Parks


  • Cooper Creek Park: Listen to ducks and geese in their natural habitat as you walk around this beautiful park. Do some fishing or play some tennis in the largest soft-court public tennis facility in the United States. Located on Milgen Road in North Columbus.

  • Flat Rock Park: Relax and listen to the sound of fresh water flowing across rocks in this beautiful park. There is also a wonderful bike trail that circles this large park's perimeter. Catch a few fish in Flat Rock Lake. Picnic areas and event centers make Flat Rock Park a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. Located on Warm Springs Road in North Columbus.

  • Heritage Park: Discover Columbus' history at Heritage Park, a celebration of the industrial heritage of Columbus. The sound of falling water, beautiful statues, educational plaques and unique surroundings provide a place of quiet retreat for all who visit. Self-guided tours are a great way to experience what history has preserved. Located on Front Avenue in downtown.

  • Standing Boy Creek State Park: Witness wildlife in its natural habitat at this 1,579 acre State Park. Enjoy some swimming or boating on Lake Oliver. Also try camping, hiking, and hunting in this beautiful facility monitored 24/7 by Georgia State Park Rangers. Located on Old River Road in North Columbus.

Historic Districts

Downtown Columbus architecture

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Columbus is home to the following 7 historic districts, all listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).


  • Columbus Historic District: This historic district is located in downtown. It retains the brick streets likely from the Civil War times. It is also home to many historic homes, most build in the late-1800s. Colonial Revival, Craftsman, English Vernacular Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival and one 1954 California Ranch.

  • Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District: Added to the NRHP in 1978, this historic district is located downtown and covers four separate areas, all close to the Chattahoochee River. It includes Heritage Park, as well as historic Columbus Iron Works (now the Columbus Convention & Trade Center).

  • Dinglewood Historic District:The Dinglewood Historic District is a small, residential neighborhood comprising the c. 1859 Dinglewood house; early 20th –century residences; a privately-owned, central, circular park; and a city-owned park. The district developed around Dinglewood, the two-story, Italianate-style house designed for Colonel Joel Early Hurt. Common house styles in the district include Georgian, Bungalow, Ranch, Colonial Revival, English Vernacular Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival.

  • Peacock Woods-Dimon Circle Historic District: The development of this historic district began in 1922. The center of the district (known as Rock Park) was developed by Charles Frank Williams and the southwest portion (known as Wynnton Heights) was subdivided by Hezikiah Land. The district includes a broad range of architectural styles including Colonial Revival, Craftsman, English Vernacular Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival and one 1954 California Ranch.

  • Weracoba-St. Elmo Historic District: The history of this historic district begins with the founding of Columbus and with the city’s most famous antebellum mansion, St. Elmo, built circa 1830. Another smaller antebellum house, Highland Hall, dating from the 1850s, is also within the District. Both structures are listed in the NRHP, and they illustrate the area’s original use as a setting for suburban estates prior to the American Civil War. Today, the Weracoba / St. Elmo Historic District is a vibrant multi-use residential, recreational, educational, and commercial area with a strong sense of community among its residents. Its canopy of mature hardwood trees shelters the city’s- and perhaps one of the state’s-largest and most intact 1920s/1930s concentration of middle-class Craftsman Bungalow, Tudor Revival, Classical, and Mission Revival style homes. Of the 440 surviving houses in the District, 85% were constructed by 1941.

  • Wildwood Circle-Hillcrest Historic District: In the 1880s, a streetcar line was constructed along Wildwood Avenue to serve the Wynnton area. Owner of the streetcar line and the Muscogee Real Estate Company, John Francis Flournoy, built his own Queen Anne estate here as he developed the Wildwood Circle subdivision. Sale of lots along the streetcar line peaked from 1918 to 1925. Also within this district—at 1519 Stark Avenue—is the childhood home of Carson McCullers (1917–1967) the renowned novelist and playwright. Some of the architectural styles in this district include Colonial Revival, English Vernacular Revival, Mission/Spanish Revival, and Craftsman.

  • Village of Wynnton Historic District: An example of an early-to mid-20th-century residential neighborhood developed from antebellum estates and in response to the streetcar line which ran along the southern and eastern boundaries of the district. The evolution of Wynnton Village spans over 150 years from its antebellum estates, to its village center developed in the mid-19th century, to the beginning of streetcar suburbs in the 1890s, to intense residential development from 1919 through the 1940s and then serving as a prime location for multi-family dwellings for World War II-era Fort Benning officers. Architectural styles vary from early examples of Greek and Gothic Revival to popular early 20th century styles including Craftsman, Colonial Revival and English Vernacular Revival.

  • Wynn's Hill-Overlook Historic District: An outstanding example of an early-to mid-20th-century residential neighborhood developed from several antebellum estates. In 1834, Colonel William L. Wynn purchased 100 acres of land located on a rise east of downtown, just beyond the city limits. With the incorporation of a larger Wynnton area into the city limits in the mid-1920s, residential construction boomed; a second peak in building occurred in the 1940s. Some of the architectural styles in this district include Greek Revival, Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, English Vernacular Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Post Modern.

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