Golf & Recreation
Step out of your vehicle and stretch your legs. Columbus’ natural beauty is abundant whether you are treking along one of the scenic trails, finding the chill of a swimming hole, or walking the links.
Take a few swings at one of the 5 golf courses that take advantage of the areas natural ‘hazards’. So come play on the gently rolling hills, bent grass greens, and rye fairways of the open prairie. Find information on each course, here.
Columbus and its surrounding communities have created green, welcoming parks where you can partake in a game of chess, spread out a picnic, or watch one of the games going on at the tennis, baseball, or volleyball parks. To fiind out more about the amenities of these parks, click here.
Biking & Hiking Trails
Recreational trails for cycling, walking and jogging are located throughout Columbus. Snaking through tree-lined parks, the main scenic trail meanders along two lakes offering recreational opportunities for riders, runners, rollerbladers, walkers, and wheelchairs. By crossing the footbridge at the end of the paved trail, you enter the Bob Lake Trail for a ride along a gravel trail for five more miles. Walking and biking also happen along a 2-mile trail through Pawnee Park and 1.5 mile trail around the Wilderness Park soccer complex. For more information on each trail, click here.
Ready Set. . .Go! Racing enthusiasts enjoy a six-week season for live parimutuel thoroughbred hose racing and year-long simulcasting at the Platte County Agricultural Park. The facilities include a 4,000 seat grandstand, a clubroom with a capacity of 600, a large exhibit hall and an indoor arena where a variety of community, sports and recreation events are held. Or enjoy the thrills of the deafening roar and crashes of stock cars throughout the spring and summer. Find out more about the many races happening in Platte County, here.
Columbus Inline Hockey & Skate Center
3868 63rd Ave.
Whether you go for the jumps and spins or to gracefully glide across the ice you’ll find a wide offering of winter activities at the Columbus Inline Skate Center. Family skating, teen nights, special events and inline hockey are offered for all ages. There is even a pro-shop for all of your hockey needs. Getting on the ice not your thing, catch one of the hockey league games or tournaments and cheer on the skaters or enjoy food, beverage, and arcade games.
Columbus Aquatic Center
1783 10th Ave.
This “Olympic” sized pool is one of the finest indoor pools in Nebraska and has 8 swim lanes, a separate shallow area for the youngsters, a low diving board and slide for small children. Call for public swimming hours.
Columbus Family YMCA
2200 28th Ave.
Everyone want to do something slightly different? Find 3 full-size gyms, a 25-yard indoor pool, 2 indoor tennis courts, indoor track, 4 racquetball/handball courts, 10 treadmills, Cardio Center, Wellness Center, 3,400 sq. ft. Aerobics Center, meeting rooms, an indoor golf driving range, saunas and whirlpool all at the YMCA.
Pawnee Plunge Water Park
560 33rd Avenue (Hwy 30 and 81 South)
Splash ‘n Play the Pawnee Plunge Way! Come experience water fun that is sure to delight the young and the young at heart at the Pawnee Plunge Water Park. If you leave here and didn’t get wet, you didn’t experience all we have to offer at the Pawnee Plunge Water Park. Where there is something fun for everyone.