Columbus

From city parks to water parks and historic stops that'll grab young travelers' attention, Columbus is a kid-approved getaway.

Two water parks. Two public lakes. Numerous recreation areas with room for playgrounds, picnics, fishing and primitive camping. It's easy to see why kids love to play in Columbus. For good measure, take the family to see the "little boat that won WWII" at the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial, then snap a group pic with the History of Columbus mural. When it's time to eat, gather 'round at any of Columbus' family-friendly, locally owned restaurants.

A Day in Columbus
Breakfast: Apple Barrel Restaurant - Sapp Bros.

517 E 23rd St.
Columbus, NE
United States

No better way to start off your Columbus adventure than with steak and eggs and a signature cinnamon roll from the Apple Barrel Restaurant. 

Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial

2001 AJ Higgins Rd. (Pawnee Park)
Columbus, NE
United States

Visit the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial. This memorial, which features a full-size replica of a “Higgins Boat” and bronze statues emerging from it, is dedicated to native son, Andrew Jackson Higgins, designer and builder of the boat that carried American forces ashore in battle. 

Lunch: Broken Mug

2200 28th Ave
Columbus, NE
United States

You'll find sandwiches, salads and fantastic drinks, all with top-notch service at The Broken Mug.

Columbus Racetrack

822 15th St.
Columbus, NE
United States

Horse racing fans have to head over to Columbus Racetrack. The track features live racing Aug. through Sept. Year-round simulcast racing Thu.-Sun. Free.

Quincentenary Belltower

US Hwy 81 & 33rd Ave.
Columbus, NE
United States

Made from 10 large church bells, each with historical significance to the area, that peal every 15 minutes, this monument pays tribute to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world. 

Dinner: Dusters

2804 13th St.
Columbus, NE
United States

You have to try local-favorite restaurant Dusters, which features delicious dishes like beef stroganoff, bacon wrapped pork chops and top sirloin. Then, in the same building, pull up a seat at Gottberg Brew Pub. You’ll find a series of small-batch, hand-crafted beverages on tap, from Platte River Pale Ale to root beer. 

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

524 E 23rd St.
Columbus, NE
United States

Book a cozy stay at the Hilton Inn Express Hotel & Suites. The hotel offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi. 

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