Take a Tour around Columbus Top Historic Attractions in a Comfortable Charter Bus
Visit Scenic Parks, Iconic Landmarks, Trampoline Parks and Historical Buildings, in Columbus, IN
Located approximately 40 miles to the south of Indianapolis, the land that Columbus sits on today was initially bought up by General Tipton and Luke Bonesteel in 1820 and although there was no date recorded, it was Joseph McKinney who plotted and designed the city of Columbus. With a highway bypassing Columbus, a ferry was built to connect Flatrock and Driftwood rivers, connecting the residents to other surrounding communities. It wasn’t until 1844 that a railroad reached Columbus from Madison and it became a branch of Pennsylvania Railroad and the residents thrived as a city before it was incorporated. Columbus is home to some of the Indiana’s most historic buildings and they are left untouched and restored to their former glory. The Crump Theater was built in 1889 and is located in Columbus Historic District and The Irwin Union Bank building. The city is also known for their beautiful inspiring public art attractions and home to several large companies like Noblitt-Sparks Industries, Rockwell International, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. and Cummins Engine Company. Today, most would consider Columbus to be one of the most historically-rich commuter cities in the state of Indiana and more than 19,000 people commute to work in surrounding cities, including Indianapolis. Visitors can easily access so many public art so much so that it has earned itself the nickname ‘Athens of the Prairie’. Some of its most popular public art includes the Large Arch, Friendship Way, Chaos, The Family, Horses, Irwin Gardens, Sermon of the Mount and Eos, just to name a few. Architecture lovers should also check out historic buildings like the Bartholomew Courthouse, First Baptist Church, Haw Creek Leather Company, The Republic, Commons Center and Mall and Otter Creek Golf Course. Many travel writers have raving reviews about Columbus with some claiming it to be ‘authentic, unique and unspoiled’, ‘American in Bloom’ and it was also included in the list of ‘Top Ten Most Playful Towns’.
Today, modern Columbus offers modern amenities while maintaining much of its original history and culture. You can bring the kids out for a fun outdoor experience and LIVE entertainment at McCullough’s Run Park, head out for skating and hockey lessons offered by the people of Hamilton Center Ice Arena or enjoy a splendid birthday party at an attraction like Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Visitors will also get to check out the beautifully-orchestrated music by the oldest orchestra in Indiana, i.e. Columbus Symphony Orchestra, learn about the region’s history and culture at Arts and Cultural Council of Decatur County or organize a field trip at The Indianapolis Museum of Art Columbus Gallery. Many attractions like these offer venues and a place for people to gather and celebrate events like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, team-building and sporting events and picnics. US Coachways in the meantime, have the capacity to make those trips even more fun and relaxing! Give us a call today to find out more about the charter buses, mini buses, party buses, school buses, limousines, corporate cars and executive coaches in our large fleet of vehicles. We hope to be a part of your event in the future.
Visit Historic Columbus, Indiana, with your Family and Friends
There’s a nice mix of things to do and points of interest located throughout Indiana and they range from trampoline parks to outdoor music venues, shopping destinations to charming historic sites. You can read about them all below, as featured and hand-picked by our travel writers
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — The attractions at Kidscommon in downtown Columbus is not only fun and entertaining for kids, it is also educational. It teaches local children about the community as well as providing them with a 17-foot climbing wall, House of Japan exhibit, the Childhood Garden and other amenities. They can also opt for figure skating and hockey lessons offered by Hamilton Center Ice Arena, go cosmic bowling during the weekends at Greensburg’s Parkside Lanes, enjoy the gymnastic amenities like bars, beams and trampolines at Fundamentals By Wrights or have a hopping good time with Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park’s open jumping sessions where there are also fitness classes. Visitors are strongly welcomed to enjoy the 18-hole mini golf course, driving range and batting cages at Otte Golf and Family Fun Center, or take on a laser tag game with your friends or family at Lazerlite Laser Tag in Bloomington.
- Art & Culture — One of the first few attractions you should make time for is the Columbus Visitors Center which is an attraction that offers tours around important art and historical homes in and around Columbus...this is perfect if you do not want to tour each individual homes on your own accord. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is the oldest active orchestra in the state of Indiana, having opened its doors in 1922. Today, it works closely with the students and talents of Indiana University to produce renowned musical shows and concerts from September to June every year. The Indianapolis Museum of Art Columbus Gallery is located at The Commons; it was founded in 1883 and has 10 large general arts museum, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Its collection of paintings are related to African, American, Asian and European art. Other fun art locations is the free and volunteer-run Atterbury Bakalar Museum with its aviation and vehicle-related artifacts, Monroe’s Bill Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum with its feature of famous bluegrass musicians like Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash, Art on the Square on Washington Street of Greensburg with their featured exhibits that range from paintings to photography, jewelry to sculptures and Arts and Cultural Council of Decatur County which promotes art and culture through its workshops, exhibitions and performances.
- Restaurant & Shopping — One of the best things about visiting Columbus, especially if you are a foodie, is that you will get to sample delicious cakes to go with your coffee or tea at establishments like Sogno Della Terra along Washington Street, try traditional Indian cuisine at Apna Kitchen along Cottage Avenue, enjoy some barbeque food with your friends at Indiana Smokehouse, and then discover a whole new world of Mexican delicacies at Sabor De La Vida. For unique locally-made wine, one would have to make a trip to Simmons Winery which can be found near downtown Columbus. It is a popular attraction which offers a large selection of ice and spice wines too.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — As we all know, Columbus is one of the most historically-significant cities in the country, boasting of a long list of buildings and sites in the National Register of Historic Places so, you can expect to enjoy the modernist architecture of Miller House and Garden Tour which is a beautifully artful building. The designer made full use of the building’s capacity to use light to create art out of the building’s structure. The Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, while is essentially an ice-cream parlor, features a building made out of stained glass, curved oak, a stunning deck that provides comfort to its customers. People can also bring the charter bus to Bartholomew County Historical Society which showcases exhibits related to the region’s beautiful historical buildings, North Christian Church which has a stunning 192-feet high spire above an oculus that stands out against the Columbus skyline and First Christian Church along 5th street which has a 45-feet high sanctuary, a 160-feet tall tower and a unique sunken garden overlooking a reflecting pool. Visitors should also make time for St. Bartholomew Catholic Church which is a historic building dating back to 1841 when it was constructed and then make time for Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, a military training base; visitors finds the World War II prisoner of war barracks an eye-opening site.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Whether you enjoy a park, a nature preserve or looking for camping grounds, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to options. Visiting Mill Race Park is definitely a must if you enjoy towers and LIVE entertainment in an outdoor setting or you can make a trip to Hayswood Nature Reserve which is a 300-acre reserve with scenic views of its surrounding wilderness, lakes for fishing, playgrounds, basketball court and picnic shelters for families. People Trails features 8-mile worth of asphalt and natural dirt hiking paths that winds through the town of Columbus, providing visitors with nice locations to shop and eat at when they take a break. McCullough’s Run Park measures approximately 50 acres and has picnic tables with shelters, playgrounds and wheelchair accessible amenities while Henry Breeding Farm features a 3,500 square foot farm and barn that can be rented for special events. If you love thrilling adventures, don’t miss the chance to bring the charter bus to eXplore Brown County in Nashville, IN. Patrons will get the opportunity to enjoy paintball, mountain biking, tours, camping trips and zip lines facilities.
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