School is out and summer adventures are beckoning! To spark the fun, we’ve asked Tea families across the US to show us around their hometowns and share some of the incredible places that make them special.
Next in our Share Your City series, we’re making a stop in Columbus, Georgia to catch up with the Connor crew. Follow along as Ciara Connor and her adorable kiddos point out their favorite local spots.
Hi there! My name is Ciara and you can almost always find me with three little babes attached to my hips or hands—Camryn, 6, Millie, 5 and Grady, 6 months. We usually spend our days exploring our little town here in Columbus, GA. I say little, but it is actually the third largest city in the state! If you are wondering what brought us here, I am the wife of an Army Officer, and we arrived almost two years ago. Which brings me to our first stop—The National Infantry Museum.
The National Infantry Museum
We have been here many times for events, exhibits and graduations. The admission is free and it is truly one of the best ways to gain knowledge of the nations military history!
Iron Bank Coffee
On to our next stop… COFFEE. A must, right?! Iron Bank Coffee is our go-to when we are gallivanting downtown. If you didn’t already guess, this coffee shop used to be a bank and is housed in the original building which dates back to the 1800’s. The vaults in the bank were said to have held two million dollars during the civil war. The cool part is they kept these vaults and turned them into seating areas so that you can sit and enjoy your coffee and pastries with a side of history. Spring for the Be Mine latte with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate, and the almond croissant—YUM!
Columbus sits directly east of the Chattahoochee River, which separates Georgia from Alabama. (Tell me you didn’t just start singing “Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson, because I sure do every single time). We have the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world, and it’s totally on my bucket list before we leave! Right next to this mural is a park that we always seem to find ourselves at, as well as a splash park which is a must in the GA heat.
Speaking of the river, when in Columbus, the Riverwalk is truly worth a visit. Usually we finish up our downtown adventure with a stroll by the roaring water. Here you can watch the river rafters, kayakers and even zip liners (another bucket list item!). It’s even better if you make it during a concert or special event, like the BBQ cook off!
Kadie the Cow
Lastly, I couldn’t wrap up the Columbus round up without mentioning the big cow. Her name is Kadie and she used to stand in front of the old Kinnett Dairies. Unfortunately, Kinnett Dairies was demolished years ago, but Kadie still stands overlooking Manchester Highway. We absolutely love passing by Kadie, and you have to snag a photo with her if you come this way!
For more Columbus fun, keep up with the Connors and follow their weekly adventures here.