Less than a two-mile drive from Atlanta, Columbus’ humid, sub-tropical climate makes it a great year-round choice for outdoor activities, especially water-based adventures during much of the year. It’s a prosperous city, also offering interesting museums and nice gastronomical experiences.
Here are some outdoor activities in Columbus GA that you won’t want to miss!
White Water Rafting
Dubbed “the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world” and “One of the Top 12 man-made Adventures in the World,” rafting on the Chattahoochee will include Class II to Class V rapids, depending on the time of day. Water is released from the dam at different intervals, creating a different experience on the 2.5-mile run.
If you’ve never rafted on an urban course, it’s surreal to be experiencing whitewater with a cityscape as a backdrop!
Float on the Lazy River
About ¾ of the way down during our whitewater rafting experience above, we arrived at a point in the course where the water was pretty calm. We slipped over the side so we could float down for a way, lazy river style.
Zip Line to Alabama
Zip the Hooch! It’s what the locals call it when you start your zip in Columbus, Georgia, zoom across the Chattahoochee River, and end up in Phenix City, Alabama.
We strapped into our harnesses and jumped off the platform, flying through the air up to 40 mph.
Named by CNN as one of “16 Intriguing Things to See and Do in the U.S. in 2016,” Pasaquan is a quirky visionary outdoor art exhibit created by Eddie Owens Martin better known as St. EOM (pronounced ohm). There are six major structures and more than 900 feet of ostentatiously painted walls using a fusion of styles such pre-Columbian Mexico, African, and Native American.
Canopy Suspension Bridge
The Canopy Trail in Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center includes bridges suspended 35 feet from the ground, leading to three different platforms with panoramic views of the wetlands.
A 15-mile walking path, the RiverWalk sits between the banks of the Chattahoochee River and the downtown Columbus cityscape. It’s well-maintained and beautiful any time of day or night.
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Disclosure: The author was honored to be the guest of Visit Columbus GA during her stay, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences, are her own.
About the Author
Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning international blog Luggage and Lipstick and southern travel blog Gone to Carolinas. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.” Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal. She has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe.