Five Free/Low Cost Things to do in Columbus, Georgia

It has been over six years since I moved away from Columbus, Georgia. And though we have visited several times the last few years. It has always been for short periods of time, about a week or less.  But this summer I was able to spend a little over three weeks in what I once considered home. This time was not only great for spending time with my family but also for discovering new gems in the small town that has a special place in my heart.

So, I’ll say that I was impressed by the progress the town has made since we moved away. So much, that we contemplated moving back. But then bounced out of it, I guess my love for Houston is much stronger. Either way, I thought I could pass on details on things to do while in Columbus. This would be especially useful to military families who move in and out of the Columbus and Fort Benning area.

Uptown Water Park

When I lived in Georgia, this was not around. I also didn’t have any kids, so it would not have been a place where you’d find me. However, now that I have two girls it was a great and refreshing way to cool down during the summer days we spent. What is it? It’s a giant Splash-pad, adjacent to a playground and overlooking the river.

Columbus, GA Water Park

Columbus Public Library

This is not a new attraction, and possibly not one that most people think to visit. But there’s something beautiful about the library; the architecture is what I’m probably drawn to. The Aflac Children’s Room is divine; it’s like walking into a story book. The space is large and perfectly decorated. We easily spent two hours there, while the girls picked out books, colored and played with other children who were visiting.

Stroytime at Columbus Public Library

Library Fun

Coca-Cola Space Center

I had visited before and though it is not a large center, there are a handful of hands-on activities for the little ones. Our personal favorite was the simulator, not only is it informative but it is also fun, as it moves simulating a spaceship’s blast off. My littlest loved it of course – as if she were on a carnival ride.

Space Center Columbus
Mercy’s Jamaican Kitchen

I am a self declared foodie. So I am always on the hunt for the next best meal. I had driven by Mercy’s on several occasions but had never stopped. All I could think after trying the food, was why didn’t we eat here sooner. The food was delicious, so flavorful! The portions were also perfect, so much that we split our plates with the littles. My oldest is not as picky as the littlest, this is depending on her mood of course. But I was honestly surprised that she asked for more. With that said, yes, restaurant is family friendly. 🙂

Jamaican Cuisine Jamaican Cuisine

Jamaican Cuisine

Jamaican Cuisine

Thai House

I have searched and searched and searched for another Thai Restaurant since moving away. I have not found one. Not even in Houston, a city known for its diverse cuisine. Because I was in town for Father’s Day, this is where we chose to celebrate dad. My parents had never been and they loved it, those two are as picky as my little ones. I often think they were food critics in another life. 🙂 So, if they liked it and had nothing bad to say, then it is worth recommending.

I could go on with my list. There are a few other places that offer great cuisine in Columbus, Ga but I will save them for another post perhaps.

As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to share or pin this post so that others can discover Columbus’ little gems.


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