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Columbus, GA

Getting to Know Columbus, GA
The heart of Columbus, GA is on the east bank of the Chattahoochee River. Due to the city's location near Fort Benning, a major Army installation, Columbus residents enjoy a diverse blend of cultural influences. Only long-time residents may recognize the city's former motto, "What progress has preserved," but anyone can see the city boasts a close bond between tradition and new developments. This dedication to creating a better community is key to attracting new families to Columbus, GA apartments.


Did You Know?

Columbus was the home of Dr. John Stith Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented the secret recipe for Coca-Cola. He's buried in Linwood Cemetery. Mr. Claud A. Hatcher created the recipe for RC Cola, a southern favorite, in 1905 for his family grocery store in Columbus, GA.

Columbus Attractions
The RiverCenter for the Performing Arts presents a full season of plays, musicals, comedy acts and concerts in a state-of-the-art facility. If you're a sports fan, visit the home turf of the local hockey and arena football teams at Columbus Civic Center. For an educational experience, take a tour or attend an event at Coca-Cola Space Science Center and National Civil War Naval Museum. You can also get your fill of thrills on the Chattahoochee River, which offers the longest urban whitewater-rafting route in the world.


Columbus Apartments and Neighborhoods
Columbus, GA apartments offer a range of options and span the geographic reaches of the city. You can use Apartment Guide's powerful search tool to find pet-friendly properties and apartments with fitness centers, laundry facilities or private pools. Many of the newer developments are close to the Uptown area and the northern side of the city, but apartment communities closer to Midtown and other areas are also available. Downtown is ideal for renters seeking the urban lifestyle, and the more rural Midland residential area to the northeast is close to good schools.


Are you a student? The Westgate neighborhood is only minutes from the CSU campus, and the riverfront Bibb City community is within bike-riding distance of Troy University at Columbus. Apartment Guide can help renters narrow down the options to find the best apartments that Columbus, GA has to offer.


Free Things to Do in Columbus, GA

We've compiled a list of our top 10 free attractions in Columbus, GA. Don't miss out on the fun:

  • Bike, hike or fly your kite along the 15-mile-long Chattahoochee RiverWalk.
  • Columbus Botanical Garden offers 22 acres of herb, vegetable and rose gardens for the perfect family photo op.
  • Pack a picnic and take advantage of the biking trails, playground and Frisbee golf at Flat Rock Park.
  • Stretch your legs and go for a walk on the 11-mile Fall Line Trace pathway.
  • Expand your understanding of ecology with the exhibits at Oxbow Meadows.
  • Visit the Columbus Museum, which is the second largest art museum in Georgia and a regional history museum.
  • Step back in time to see how people lived with a visit to the five historic homes at the intersection of 7th and Broadway, known as Heritage Corner.
  • The only museum dedicated to the American soldier, National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center offers interactive exhibits from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.
  • Kadie the Cow, a fiberglass cow sculpture and long-time landmark, provides an unusual backdrop for a selfie.
  • Practice your ollie and kickflip at Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park.


Info for Families in Columbus

Columbus is home to one of the state's top magnet schools and the #1 high school in Georgia, according to U.S. News & World Report. After the dismissal bell rings, take the kids to Columbus Public Library for family-friendly activities or spend the afternoon at Bridging the Gap Community Playground, built specifically to accommodate children of all physical abilities.

Columbus Natural Beauty
Columbus is a short trip from Providence Canyon, Pine Mountain and other places of natural beauty, and the city itself offers many public parks, waterways and wooded areas. Many of the newer Columbus apartments have been constructed near the scenic wooded areas of the city.


Getaways from Columbus, GA

If you're planning a weekend getaway to the beach, follow the Chattahoochee River south to the Gulf of Mexico. Panama City is the closest beach to Columbus, with Miramar and Pensacola close behind. For a memorable family vacation, make the six-hour drive to Disney World in Orlando, or visit the state capitals of Georgia or Alabama, both are about a 1.5-hour drive from Columbus.