National Infantry Museum
The National Infantry Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman and preserves one of the greatest collections of military artifacts. This state-of-the-art facility tells the story of the United States Army Infantryman, from the fields of the American Revolution to the sands of Afghanistan. The museum houses an amazing display of artifacts from all eras of American history and contains numerous interactive multimedia exhibits, telling the story of our nation’s past with the latest in technological innovation. For more information go to http://www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org. Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, rates the National Infantry Museum as the highest rated attraction in the State of Georgia. The Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon start and finish at the National Infantry Museum, and packet pickup, the expo and the pasta dinner are also located at the National Infantry Museum.
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center
Nestled in a bend of the Chattahoochee River in a hardwood wetland and right the street from the National Infantry Museum, Oxbow Meadows is a place where nature can be itself. Two walking trails wind between ponds taking hikers into the realm of native flora and fauna. For the nature lover, butterflies, birds, turtles and dragonflies can be found in abundance. The Environmental Learning Center is a hands-on interpretative facility focusing on the natural history of the region. Displays include mounted specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles and a small live animal collection of regional reptiles, insects, amphibians, and fish. For more information go to http://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/
Civil War Naval Museum
The National Civil War Naval Museum tells the story of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved as affected by the Navies of the American Civil War and provides a repository for relevant archives and artifacts on the subject, for all generations of the public. Overlooking the Chattahoochee, it houses the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well wreckage and replicas of other ships including the CSS Chattahoochee. For more information go to http://www.portcolumbus.org/
Coca-Cola Space Science Center
There’s something for everyone at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. The facility houses a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. The plaza area also has displays and interactive exhibits. For more information go to http://www.ccssc.org
Founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in both its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions and educational programs. For more information go to http://www.columbusmuseum.com
Stroll, bike, or run along the 15 miles of paved walkway that runs along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Several of the sites/activities mentioned here are visible from the RiverWalk. For a map go to visitcolumbusga.com/visitors/attractions/chattahoochee_riverwalk.
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Check out what USA Today has named one of the “Top 12 man-made adventures in the world”. This course consists of class II-V whitewater and is the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world. For more details and details on the zip-line and ropes course go to http://www.whitewaterexpress.com/chattahoochee
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