The second largest city in Georgia state holds a myriad of tourist attractions and entertainment sites. Whether you are a historical fan or a lover of high energy sporting activities, Columbus city has a wide pool of exciting, educative and entertaining places to see and experience. Recreation parks, performing arts centers, football & baseball fields, and the longest whitewater rafting venue based within a city in the world are some of the attractions in this historically rich town.
The city of Columbus hosts several historic districts spread out in the various neighborhoods of the town. Its rich and diverse collection of American history housed in the many museums is a must see for any new comer. Some of these museums include:
1. The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center 2. National Civil War Naval Museum 3. The Columbus Museum 4. National Infantry Foundation 5. Coca-Cola Space Science Center
The Coca-Cola Space Science Center is a science oriented educative and entertainment center in the heart of the Columbus State University. It is located in the central business district of Columbus city popularly known as Downtown Columbus. It provides a platform to experience and explore space in engaging gallery exhibits, movie events in the omnisphere theater, and an observatory session in the Mead Observatory.
You can play an astronaut in the Challenger Learning Center mission simulator and later shuttle off for some practical sessions on telescope usage. What sets this mini NASA space station apart, is the level of interaction with almost everything on display. This reduces boredom characterized by the constant stopping to read and stare at an exhibit, that is found in most museums. The planetarium hosts different shows by the hour. This is especially beneficial for the lovers of science, particularly space oriented lovers.
The show hosts and guides are astronomy students in the university. You will surely learn a thing or two from them while being entertained in the hands on sessions. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center is not only a science learning center but is also a meeting venue. The center has birthday packages that include an interactive tour of the Center and a meeting venue to host the celebrations. The packages are ideal for children offering an introduction to space exploration in an engaging and entertaining manner. For those who fancy a gift or two to send to a loved one, or want to have a keepsake, the Center’s gift shop is open during the center’s working hours.
This shop is manned by helpful staff who will assist you in making the right space gift. The Center has been designed to accommodate all age groups. There is definitely something fresh for everyone to experience. From the three-year-old curious boy to the retired veteran wanting to see the latest space discovery, the Center displays, and practical learning sessions will have you asking for more. For those interested in an in-depth understanding of astronomy, the Center offers weekend classes lectured by one of the university’s astronomy professors. There are guided tours as well as self-guided tour options.
The Center also allows for group tours, which are discounted and give the option of having a guide. Whichever route you choose, your time there will be worth the minimal entrance fee. There is plenty of parking at the site with public bus transport also available. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center operates from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm, and on Saturday from 10.30 am to 6 pm. It is located at 701 Front Avenue, Columbus, Ga 31901 near the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center and a few miles from the Chattahoochee River Club.