Columbus, Mississippi makes visitors from anywhere feel at home with its unique blend of natural beauty, culture, history and great shopping opportunities. From watching birds on the River Walk to watching race cars at the speedways, Columbus will surprise you with its diverse selection of entertainment.
Columbus, Mississippi is a town that thrives on its rich heritage and Southern charm. It has been the inspiration for Pulitzer Prize winners, such as author Tennessee Williams, who was born here. Williams spent his beginning years in an 1875 Victorian home, which was moved to Main Street 1993 and restored to serve as Columbus' welcome center.
The town is also the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic Southern architecture, good food, a friendly atmosphere or just a down-home way of living. We are also proud to be the home of the Mississippi University for Women, America’s first state-funded public university for women. MUW is where renowned novelist Eudora Welty began her career, and Columbus served as an inspiration for some of her novels.
A walk through our downtown offers a chance for shopping in the unique boutiques lining Main Street. Visitors can peruse the gallery in the Rosenzweig Arts Center or the newly renovated Princess Theatre. Columbus offers a variety of mouth-watering dining options. From the Front Door/ Back Door to the Grill and Santa Fe, your taste buds will tingle with delight. A short drive from downtown is Proffitt's Porch on Officers Lake, which has been featured in Southern Living. Ruben’s is known for their catfish, and J. Broussard's presents a taste of the Big Easy with its New Orleans-style cuisine. Fine dining can be found at a locally-owned chain called Harveys. You might want to top off your meal with some coffee from the Beans -N- Cream, a local hot spot for gourmet coffee. Many other fine restaurants and chains make Columbus a culinary delight.
And Columbus’ location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway makes it ideal for fishing and other outdoor water recreation. Columbus plays host to a variety of fishing tournaments and wakeboard competitions. The newly opened Riverwalk offers a place for the community and visitors to jog, bird watch, fish or just relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Columbus prides itself on keeping up with the times while preserving the past. We continue to break through boundaries and remain pioneers in arts, education and cultural diversity. Columbus is a place that people are proud to call home.