24 Hours in Columbiana, AL

Published: March 14, 2024

The town of Columbiana boasts some exciting attractions, places to grab a bite to eat, and many scenic places to enjoy the natural beauty of Shelby County. Keep reading to find out all the best places you have to visit the next time you’re in Columbiana

24 Hours in Columbiana — Discover Shelby

The county seat of Shelby County, Columbiana, is jam-packed with things to do, places to visit, and sights to see. There is something for everyone in Columbiana. When you get out and discover the town of Columbiana, you’ll be blown away by the charming southern town that is nestled right between Lay Lake, Highway 280, and the I-65 corridor. We’ve put together an itinerary for an ideal day in Columbiana featuring things to do, sights to see, and places to eat, so join us on a trip to Columbiana!

Grab a Coffee at Leaders’ Corner

Leaders’Corner is a small-town coffee shop that is a favorite local spot to grab a coffee or a bite to eat with friends in a cozy cafe setting. The building that the folks at Leaders’ Corner occupy was constructed before the Civil War, and the name pays homage both to the men and women who helped create a building that has truly stood the test of time, and to the city of Columbiana’s motto, “embracing the future, preserving the past.” 

Leaders’ Corner has all the favorite coffee shop options such as drips, americanos, and espressos, but also specialty drinks like lattes and fraps! You can also bring your appetite. The menu at Leaders’ Corner is jam-packed with expertly curated breakfast options like their Green Haven avocado toast, bacon, egg, and cheese croissant, and many more fantastic breakfast options. 

Take a Walk at Beeswax Creek Park

Located off Highway 145, Beeswax Creek Park is the perfect place to spend a day taking in nature, walking the miles of trails, playing sports, or catching up with friends and family at any of the numerous pavilions on site. Beeswax Creek Park is bordered by Lay Lake to its east, and as its name suggests, by Beeswax Creek to the north! The park features well-maintained trails and paths for a nice walk beside the beautiful lake and surrounding park, and other amenities such as playgrounds, a basketball court, and plenty of restrooms mean that you can head to the park knowing that you’ll have everything you need to have a safe enjoyable day. 

For the fishermen out there, Beeswax Creek Park has three fishing docks and another wheelchair-accessible pier. Anglers regularly catch trophy bass and bream on the piers, so bring the camera to snag a picture of your catch! If you want to get out on the water but fishing’s not your thing, the Park has plenty of places to launch canoes or kayaks so that you can hit the water. 

When you get off the water, head over to one of the many pavilions, relax, and think about all the fun you’ve had exploring the walking trails, hitting the water, and making memories with friends and family as you enjoy the beautiful natural wonders of Shelby County. No matter how you decide to spend your time at Beeswax Park, you’re sure to have a great time. Be sure to check it out when you make it over to Columbiana!

Fresh Seafood Is Seconds Away!

After your outing at Beeswax Creek Park, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Luckily, Columbiana is home to one of the finest seafood joints in the state, and it’s definitely at the top in Shelby County! We’re talking about The Local Oyster House. This seafood restaurant and bar serves up some of the most delectable seafood dishes in the state! From crab legs and oysters to hushpuppies and fried shrimp, you’ll feel like you’re right on the coast when you’re at the Local Oyster House. 

If you’re thirsty, The Local Oyster House features an extensive beer list and a full bar. There’s beer on tap, fresh margaritas, and many other cocktails that everyone will enjoy. Pull up a chair anywhere in their large patio area. If the weather is nice you won’t find a better place to grab a cold drink in Shelby County. For the kids, there is plenty of space to spread out, and the environment is family-friendly and the staff is super friendly and happy to accommodate! 

After lunch, hang out, enjoy time with family and friends, and take in the great community found in Columbiana. It truly is Shelby County’s finest and at the Local Oyster House, you’ll get to see people from across the community. So head on in, pull up a chair, and enjoy this charming southern town in one of the locals’ favorite spots!

See An Evening Show At Song Theater

After all that adventure, don’t forget to get your ticket for a fun evening at the Song Theater at the Shelby County Arts Council! This season is packed with all sorts of exciting shows that you and your family will love. From awesome music that’ll have you tapping your feet, to cool stories that pull you right in, and even some comedy that’ll make you laugh a lot. When the show starts and the room lights go down, you’ll be clapping, laughing, and maybe singing along before you know it. So, make sure you’re in on the fun, and see what all the magic is about!

Grab A Special Souvenir at The Farm Company

When you get to Columbiana and you experience the charming locals, beautiful Shelby County Countryside at the Park, and delicious food, drinks, and camaraderie at one of the best spots in town, you’re going to want something to remember your time in town! For that, look no further than The Farm Company. Located right on Main Street, The Farm Company is your go-to spot for home goods, apparel, and souvenirs that are tailored to those who enjoy the charm of small towns.  

The Farm Company has something for everyone. There are embroidered goods, signs, posters, and many other items that can liven up your home and make you reflect on all the fun you had while you visited Columbiana. You can also find local honey, preserves, jams, and jellies that are the perfect gifts, stocking stuffers, or just a great way to take a little bit of Columbiana home with you until you come back next time! For a local spot with bespoke goods that reflect how great the tight-knit community of Columbiana is, look no further than The Farm Company. 

Columbiana—Embracing the Future, Preserving The Past

Columbiana’s motto, “embracing the future, preserving the past,” is the perfect illustration of the spirit of the town. The strong sense of community committed to neighborly values is evident in almost every aspect of the town. Coffee shops honor the bygone era and the brave men and women who pioneered the town. Parks maintained in pristine condition give residents and visitors access to incredible Shelby County Landscapes. The cuisine is fresh and delicious, and the local shops have something for everyone. 

Next time you’re in Columbiana, stop by any of these places we’ve listed and see what we’re talking about. You won’t regret it. Columbiana may seem like a small, quiet town, but underneath that sleepy facade, there’s a vibrant community that will always treat visitors like old friends. Head over to Columbiana today and Discover Shelby!

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