8 Things To Do in Columbus, Mississippi
Mississippi is home to some really great small towns, and Columbus is one of them! It’s full of history and was once the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. I recently got the chance to spend a day exploring Columbus with fellow travel blogger, Vicky from Buddy the Traveling Monkey, and we had a blast! Mark and I had previously visited the area for an air show at the Columbus Air Force Base, so I am so glad to have finally gotten the chance to go back and explore even more! If you’re looking for things to do in Columbus, Mississippi, here are eight things you’re sure to enjoy!
8 Things To Do in Columbus, Mississippi:
1. Stop by Tennessee Williams’ first home, which just so happens to be the super-cute visitor’s center for Columbus. Tour the home to learn about this famed playwright’s life in Mississippi, his family, and the house itself.
2. Get a plate of catfish in Catfish Alley. This alley was a gathering place for African-Americans during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, where they cooked up some delicious catfish caught straight from the Tombigbee River. We recommend stopping by Jones Restaurant for a filet or two!
3. Take a tour of the Mississippi University for Women, also known as “The W.” Eudora Welty studied at this historic campus.
4. Stroll along the Riverwalk. This 4.4 mile trail follows alongside the Tombigbee River. Keep an eye out for some of that Mississippi wildlife!
5. Visit Friendship Cemetery to see where the first Memorial Day was held. What was originally known as “Decoration Day” in 1866, when local ladies decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, was the beginning of what we now know as “Memorial Day.”
6. See an air show at the Columbus Air Force Base. Every year, the Columbus Air Force Base hosts “Wings Over Columbus” featuring military aircraft and local training aircraft. With flying demonstrations and on-the-ground displays, this is an exciting and educational event. You won’t want to miss the United States Air Force Thunderbirds!
7. Take the African-American Heritage Driving Tour to see locations significant to the African-American community and see Columbus’ Blues Trail Markers to learn about musicians from the area and sites important to blues history.
8. Tour the antebellum homes of Columbus, built in the mid 1800’s. Each spring, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage is an event where visitors are invited to tour the historic homes, but many homes are open for tours year-round by appointment.
You may also be interested in knowing that the town was once called “Possum Town” and the name is still used by some locals today! There is even a Possum Town Triathlon held in Columbus each year. I love funny names for places like this… and the possums are aplenty in this area of Mississippi (Just so you know, we are aware that they are “opossums”, but no one really calls them that!).
What do you most want to see or experience in Columbus? Do you like catfish or have you ever tried it? Have you visited Columbus before? Did we miss anything? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you, so leave us a comment below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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