Columbus - Big Time Fun in Small Town Texas
Columbus is a charming village of 3,600 people on Interstate 10, at the 'sweet spot' part way between Houston, Austin and San Antonio. The timeless natural beauty of the town, as well as the vibrant hospitality of its inhabitants and the bevy of historic homes, makes Columbus a perfect place to visit.
The oldest surveyed and platted Anglo-American town in Texas, Columbus was first settled in 1821. In the 1835 Texas War of Independence, most of Columbus was burned to the ground, but the city rose again the next year. Visit Beason’s Park on the Colorado River, where both Sam Houston and General Santa Anna passed through on their way to San Jacinto. Columbus is home to more than 50 historical markers. Be sure to take the audio driving tour, guiding you past a dozen historic homes and buildings built between 1836 and 1890. Visit the beautifully restored Colorado County Courthouse and the United Daughters of Confederacy Civil War Museum. Children, both young and old, will want to see the May Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum, too.
Many of these properties can be toured by appointment only, so contact the Chamber of Commerce at (979) 732-8385 to make arrangements. Kayaking and canoeing adventures along the river can also be arranged.
Columbus is also home to boutiques offering everything from clothing and décor, to irresistible homemade chocolates and fabulous American and European country antiques. Columbus is also home to the largest living oak tree in Texas. A variety of restaurants offer you an array of options including a homestyle café, genuine Mexican cuisine and a hearty steak house.
Kayaking & canoeing on the Colorado River
Great places in Columbus to wet your whistle