Parks & Local AttractionsCheaha Resort State Park

At 2,407 feet above sea level, the Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in the entire state. The park provides grand views of the Talladega National Forest, which surrounds the 2,799-acres of the park itself. Over 80 campsites, 10 cabins and a number of trails are available for outdoor enthusiasts. The Bald Rock Group/Conference Lodge was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939, and is a popular site for weddings, business meetings, and family gatherings. A full-service restaurant on the side of Cheaha Mountain serves regional cuisine to compliment the stunning view. 


Cooper Creek Park

Cooper Creek Park provides guests with access to a walking and fitness trail, playgrounds, picnic areas, grills, and covered eating areas, as well as horseshoe courts and one of the top clay court tennis facilities in the country, Cooper Creek Tennis Center. Covered areas can be reserved for day use.

Local Attractions

  Aldridge Gardens

Eddie Aldridge first fell in love with the natural beauty of the Coxe Family Estate in 1966, when he was hired to plant three magnolias on the grounds. Eddie and his father, respected horticulturalists, recognized the grandeur of the land, and in 1977 Eddie purchased the property with the intention of developing it as a public garden. Twenty years later the gardens opened to the public, and today they are the site of many weddings, public celebrations and private events. 


Callaway Gardens

Not even an hour from Columbus or Phenix City Callaway Gardens is a Georgia vacation resort with luxury accommodations, family vacations, world-class golf courses, spa packages and weekend getaways. Click on the website to learn more.


U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville has been nicknamed "Rocket City'" for its long history with NASA and the U.S. Space program. In 1950, the U.S. military brought German rocket scientists to Huntsville to work on the beginnings of the space program. In 1960, President Eisenhower formally dedicated the Marshall Space Flight Center and in 1970 the U.S. Space and Rocket center was opened as a museum of the program's impressive hardware. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center allows visitors to explore the past, present, and future of space. The center is filled with hands on activities like a Mars climbing wall and a G force simulator to compliment an impressive array of rockets, shuttles and space capsules.


Coca Cola Space Science Center

Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center is located in the heart of uptown Columbus along the beautiful Chattahoochee Riverwalk and adjacent to the Columbus Historic District and the Iron Works Convention and Trade Center. Our state of the art facility houses a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. There's something for everyone so keep an eye on what's happening at the Space Center.

Whitewater Express

Whether you want a soaking ride on the whitewater rapids of the Chattahoochee River or a quiet pool to practice yoga on a paddleborad, Whitewater Express is your starting point in Phenix City. Whitewater Express not only is water, it also operates the Blue Heron Adventure. This is a dual zip-line that starts in Columbus and zips across the river. Learn more information on Whitewater Express by clicking on the website below.


Lake Martin

Lake Martin is located in Alabama. There are endless possibilties. Jet skiing, boats, hotels. Always a good time on Lake Martin!


Beach Anyone?

Both Columbus and Phenix City are only a short 4 to 5 hour drive to the beautiful coast. Always something fun and exciting to do at the beach!


Educator, National Civil War Naval Museum National Civil War Naval Museum

Located in Columbus, Georgia, the National Civil War Naval Museum overlooks the Chattahoochee River. They house the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. We host a range of events throughout the year with an emphasis on museum theatre and historic character interpretation. Additionally, there are living history events, tours, cannon firings, weapons demonstrations, local history projects and more.



Westville is the living history village near Lumpkin, Georgia. Actual historic buildings from the area have been moved to the site to save them from destruction. They replicate a working village of year 1850, complete with appropriate gardens, furnishings, and dirt streets.


Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

The Tuskegee Institute served not only as a center for educating freed slaves and their children, but also became a beacon of hope for all African Americans in the decades after emancipation. Officially opened on July 4 1881 as the Tuskegee Normal School with Booker T. Washington as its first principal, the original buildings were built by the students themselves with bricks made in the Institute's brickyard. Today the original institute is a national historic site located on the campus of modern-day Tuskegee University, and includes the George Washington Carver Museum.


Rickwood Field

One of the oldest surviving ballparks, Rickwood Field is in strikingly good condition. Opened in 1910 to a delighted crowd of 10,000, many of the park's original features remain today such as the manual scoreboard, press box, and vintage outfield advertising signs. In its heyday, the field was graced by such legendary players as Stan Musial, "Satchell" Page and the most famous of all Alabama Sluggers, Willie Mays. The field now hosts an annual Rickwood Classic and remains a tribute to America's pastime.