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Columbus overview

Columbus is a friendly place, distinct for its architecture and countryside, and known for its historical sites and shops. You're sure to find the beer and dining options to your liking. Spend a relaxing day at Olbrich Botanical Gardens when the weather is nice. While you're here, stop by Christopher Columbus Museum and Charles Langer Family Park. Columbus is a family-friendly destination whilst offering something for everyone.

Where to stay in Columbus

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Columbus has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Columbus with Hotels.com by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all Columbus hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Columbus hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Columbus

Fly in to Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional), 20 mi (32.2 km) from central Columbus. Columbus Station is the closest train station.

What to see around Columbus

Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Little Amerricka
  • • Sun Prairie Ice Arena
  • • Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center
Distinguished for its historical sites, here are some top landmarks to visit:
  • • Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
  • • The Octagon House
  • • Governor's Mansion
Its countryside and swimming spots are well known. Favourite spots for nature lovers include:
  • • Charles Langer Family Park
  • • Firemen's Park in the Prairie
  • • Beaver Dam Lake State Wildlife Area
  • • Token Creek Park
  • • Riverside Park
For those looking for a souvenir or simply window shopping, here are some favourite shopping areas to visit:
  • • Beaver Dam Mall
  • • East Towne Mall
  • • Johnson Creek Premium Outlets
Here are some top sights to see:
  • • Christopher Columbus Museum
  • • Sun Prairie Golf Course
  • • Angell Park Speedway
  • • Beaver Dam Raceway
  • • Moraine Park Technical College

When to visit Columbus

Wondering which time of year to travel or what clothes to pack? Here are seasonal trends to help you with your planning:

Seasonal temperatures
  • January-March: 9°C day, -13°C night
  • April-June: 27°C day, -1°C night
  • July-September: 28°C day, 6°C night
  • October-December: 19°C day, -12°C night
Seasonal average rainfall
  • January-March: 78 cm
  • April-June: 283 cm
  • July-September: 294 cm
  • October-December: 161 cm
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