Augusta, Georgia is this year’s perfect summer getaway! This Peach State gem is a combination of welcoming history mixed with bustling excursion options for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to young families. So to avoid the long hours in the car – and high gas prices – pack up your family, friends, loveable pets, and cruise to this eclectic city.
Quality time with the family, with a twist….
Savannah Rapids Pavilion is perfect for active families. Ditch the stress back home and take to the water for a relaxing day downstream!
Explore Downtown Augusta and grab a burger and shake for lunch at Farmhaus Burgers. Downtown is home to many of Augusta’s most popular attractions, locally-owned restaurants, and nightlife. Affordable public parking and walkability make exploring downtown easy.
As the sun sets, opt for a moonlight cruise aboard the Augusta Canal. Tours operate on a daily basis and are put on by the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. The best part? The canal offers a wide variety of cruise themes including their history and nature tour, Civil War tour, Friday music cruise and Saturday music tribute tours. Pick up dinner from one of the many delicious area restaurants and enjoy dinner and a show!
Top off the day with TopGolf. This family-friendly entertainment attraction offers a wide selection of games for all ages and skill levels along with food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. I know what you’re thinking, Top Golf is everywhere, but trust me, this one is VERY Augusta.
Bonus Tip – Check out the calendar of events on the Visit Augusta website to catch family friendly acts coming to the city such as, Cap the night off with dinner at and a show at Miller Theater and the Imperial Theatre.
Top adventure locations in Augusta for your typical outdoor explorer…
Augusta is home to the one-of-a-kind Forks Area Trail System, also known as F.A.T.S Trails. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this world class mountain biking trail has a series of loops that yield memorable outdoor experience, panoramic views and high elevation adventure.
Known for the unique boat tours, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area also allows you to explore fishing or foot trails, biking or boating to embrace the wildlife.
Get an up close and personal look at area critters at the Phinizy Nature Center. Bring binoculars to spot birds who call Augusta / the center home, take a tour on your own or opt into one of the highly education + interactive tours offered through the center.
Rain or shine, Augusta has adventure to offer you! Enjoy Augusta’s indoor rock-climbing facility, built floor to ceiling with obstacles and 18,000 square foot of rope climbing.
Art + Culture Enthusiasts + Foodie Stops
Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia. As such, you’ll find no shortage of museums and galleries for art and history enthusiasts alike.
Morris Museum of Art offers art and history all in one. With works of art dating back to the early nineteenth century, this museum presents special exhibitions filled with a rich variety of art, from past to present that celebrates the culture of the South.
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is a nonprofit contemporary gallery and visual arts school in the region with architectural features from the 1800’s. It is considered a great example of Federal architecture and displays contemporary art and artisanship from the bygone era.
Take a self-guided mural and sculpture trail tour around the city to truly immerse yourself in the artsy vibe of downtown.
After a long day of exploring and experiencing the history and art of Augusta, refuel with tacos and margaritas in the sunshine at Nacho Mama’s. Afterwards, if there is room, enjoy a sweet treat from Vance’s Bakery Bar. This super cool / new hangout serves up tasty traditional and nontraditional desserts infused with alcohol. If you have the kiddos with you, don’t worry, they have non-alcoholic delights available also.
Scroll through one of the expertly crafted itineraries for ideas straight from local’s mouths of what to do during your weekend getaway or download a digital copy of Augusta’s Experience Guide and to start planning.
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