Whether you homeschool your kiddos like we do, or you want to turn a fun weekend adventure into an educational opportunity, Columbus, Ga is a great destination. We enjoyed multiple attractions that offered incredible insight into science, nature and history (Shhhh! The kids were having too much fun to realize how much they were learning!) Here is a small sample of the excitement we enjoyed while in Columbus.
Science – Coca Cola Science Center. You’ll find several interactive galleries, the Challenger Learning Center mission simulator, an observatory and Omnisphere Planetarium Theater. It also houses Georgia’s most extensive Space Shuttle artifact collection.
Nature – Oxbow Meadows. This environmental learning center offers opportunities to see turtles, snakes (including a python!) alligators, tortoises and more. Don’t forget to check out the Discovery Trail Guide at the front desk; it’s a great way to extend the learning opportunities of your visit. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
History – National Infantry Museum. This museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman, and it holds one of the greatest collections of military artifacts. Infantry history is traced from colonial times to the present via a series of galleries. This large facility is filled with amazing artifacts, but if you only have a moment, the Last 100 Yards Ramp is a heart-wrenching overview of our Army’s history. For a hands-on experience visit the kid-sized room where little ones can try on Soldier uniforms and learn about humanitarian missions Soldiers carry out.
There are a series of free events for the whole family available year ‘round at the Infantry Museum so be sure to visit their website. Upcoming events include The Battle of Yorktown (1791) Living History event on Oct 17 and Kelly’s Zeroes World War II reenactment “You’re in the Army Now!” on Dec 5, where living historians Ernie and Linda Stewart will open their Traveling Trunk of toys, clothing, tools, etc from the Revolutionary War era for kids to touch and learn from.
Phys Ed – WhiteWater Express. In its third year, but attracting accolades from all over the world, your kids will not want to miss a white water rafting experience down the Chattahoochee. WhiteWater Express also offers bike rentals and other ways to explore the city. Read more about our WhiteWater Express adventure (including a video) here: 365atlantafamily.com/whitewaterexpress
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