Columbus is the county seat of Platte County and has a population between 20,000 to 25,000. Located near the Loup River where it joins the Platte River and the Loup Canal. It is centrally located between Omaha and Lincoln to the east, Norfolk to the north, Grand Island, Kearney to the west, York and Hastings to the south. This makes Columbus a great meeting destination.
Columbus has a lot to offer year round. Tail Race Park, Power House Park, Pawnee Park, Lake North and Lake Babcock offer year round activities including fishing, swimming, camping, biking and paved walking trails. Thursday Nights during the summer, the Columbus Downtown Business Association hosts Lawn Chairs in the Square, which offers live music and entertainment in Frankfort Square located in the center of downtown. Columbus Days is held annually for one week in July. Food, Drink, RibFest, Activities, Music and Entertainment for the whole week. A “must” stop is Glur’s Tavern. The oldest continously operated Tavern west of the Missouri. Have a great burger here.
Platte County Agricultural Park hosts the Platte County Fair every year in the early part of July, then hosts Platte County Horse Races for 6 weeks shortly after the fair. Friday has traditionally been $1 night. After a long week of work, unwind with $1 bets, $1 hotdogs, $1 beers. Pawnee Plunge Waterpark is a great Place to cool off during the summer. Water slides, a lazy river, etc it has a lot to offer someone needing to cool off, or just have fun. And during the winter months it offers a great YMCA, Two bowling alleys, and several fitness centers located throughout town.
Places to eat
Glurs Tavern – great burgers, and a great atmosphere and beer garden. Historic setting
Duster’s – Fine Dining, lead glass windows, huge mural, and a beautiful building. look up at the top. Gottberg Brew Pub in the Back.
Husker House – The best Prime Rib and Steaks around!
Sites to visit about Columbus