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Phenix City, Alabama is located directly across the Chattahoochee River from the bustling city of Columbus, Georgia.

It is a city with a rich history, and also notorious, as it was once known as 'Sin City' due to its gambling and prostitution.

The Phenix city you see today is very different.

With exquisite architecture, riverside walks, museums, and parks, there is so much to see and do.

Whether you want to delve into Civil War history, get your adrenaline pumping at East Alabama Speedway, or hike the trails of Lake Oliver, there are activities to entertain everyone.

Let's explore the best things to do in Phenix City :

Phenix City RiverWalk

Phenix City Riverwalk is an urban trail that stretches for 1.2 miles along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

It's a loop trail where you can hike, run, skate, fish, and bike, and there's a myriad of wildlife and attractions to see along the route.

The hike begins at the elevated 3,000-seat Phenix City Amphitheater, which offers the perfect location for bird and wildlife viewing.

If you want to extend your walk, there are several bridges connecting you to Columbus, Georgia on the other side of the river.

Once in Columbus, the trail continues past Eagle and Phenix Dam into the historic Bibb City Cotton Mill District.

Rafting the rapids of the Chattahoochee River

If you want to see both Phenix City and Columbus from a different perspective, head to the water.

There are several places along the riverbank where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and tubes by the hour, but if you're feeling a little bolder, try Whitewater rafting! The Chattahoochee River is home to the longest urban rafting course in the country.

The 2.5-mile stretch flows faster due to the daily release of the dam, providing an exciting and fun adventure for all.

Coca Cola Space Science Center

At the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, you can use your imagination and the Challenger Learning Center Mission Simulator to uncover the secrets of the universe.

Visitors can become scientists or engineers while traveling to the Moon or Mars.

Work as a team in mission control and experience what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station.

Visit the Omnisphere Planetarium, explore a variety of interactive exhibits, and spend time viewing Georgia's largest collection of space shuttle artifacts.

Fort Mitchell Historic Site

Around 1800, 'The Federal Road' in Alabama was used as a transportation route by commuters, soldiers, and stagecoaches.

However, during the Cove War between 1813 and 1814, the same highway became a major site of hostilities between Americans and Indians.

The first fortress was built in 1813, after a particularly fierce battle.

Today, visitors to Fort Mitchell can piece together life during the Creek War while standing in the replica of the fort, imagining how both sides felt during this difficult period.

Discover the carriage museum, see a restored 19th-century log house, visit the Trail of Tears monument, and delve into history at the informative on-site visitor center.

East Alabama Highway

East Alabama Motor Speedway is one of the most popular attractions in Alabama.

Founded by the National 500 winner of the NASCAR Cup team, Jimmy Thomas in 1973, it is one of the best circuits in the country to watch motor racing.

It hosts events like the National 100, stock car races, monster truck events, and if you fancy taking a spin around the track, you can pay to ride in the race cars.

It's a place to meet like-minded people and enjoy quality food and drinks while cheering for your favorite team.