When you think of Augusta, Georgia, what comes to mind? A famous golfing tournament! While the coveted golfing tournament may be held here each year, Augusta is so much more than that. Known for having mild winters and hot, humid summers, Augusta is a traveler’s paradise. Its one of those places that has something for everyone. With a rich history, thriving arts community, stunning natural beauty, and fine dining, Augusta is one of those destinations you should not miss! Here are our top 7 reasons why you need to add this to your travel itinerary.
Cruise & Booze
Learn about the history of the Augusta on an in-depth boat ride down the Canal. Choose from music cruises, history-oriented cruises or nature tours to kick off your memorable stay in this historic southern city. The fun doesn’t stop there, venture inside of the Augusta Canal Nature National Heritage Center to peruse various exhibits and learn how the canal works, how it was made and how it still plays a huge part in how the city functions today.
Brey and Anne Sloan transformed an aging warehouse at Augusta’s Farmers Market into a small production brewery, making it the first brewery in Augusta since the Prohibition era and the only mother-daughter owned brewery in the nation. A true treat for beer lovers and a place for locals and visitors alike to unwind, Riverwatch Brewery offers a host of must-try brews, specifically their winter brew which is called Three Under Par Belgian Triple Style, a nod to the prestigious Masters® Tournament.
Savannah River Brewing Co.
This brewery, which was opened in 2017, has perfected five year-round brews and dabbles with specialty and seasonal beers throughout the year. Some of Savannah River Brewing Company‘s signature brews pay tribute to Augusta – for example, their Westobou Amber, which is named after the annual art festival, and the Savannah River IPA. The brewing company offers an open-concept tasting room with steel chairs and barrel-styled table tops where patrons can mingle or play games.
Get in touch with your crafty side
Get artsy during your stay with a visit to Tire City Potters, a one-of-a-kind studio and art gallery located in Augusta, Georgia, that features a team of potters who create artisan crafted work and offer a host of pottery instruction such as On the Wheel and Throwing Experience perfect for pottery beginners. Stop into newly opened, Augusta Candle Company located on busy and eclectic Broad Street where visitors can pour their own custom scented candle. Browse the funky and fresh boutique’s shelves for the perfect container to hold your creation and then choose from over 100 different scents to make your dream candle – a keepsake to remember the visit. Continue around the city to spot local artwork like the “Love Augusta” mural and the iconic “Happy” mural, all work done by local artists.
Feed Your Foodie
Don’t head out without swinging by Augusta’s oldest hotel and the rumored hangout of many celebrities while visiting Augusta, The Partridge Inn, for a custom cocktail at the rooftop bar. Here, guests are privy to awe-inspiring views of the city, tasty appetizers and drinks worth writing home about.
Nurture your Need for Nature
The central location of this eclectic city provides visitors with a plethora of activities to indulge in, both on the water and land. Plan to head to the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, an outdoor disc golf arena with various levels of difficulty, The Forks Area Trail System, a renowned biking trail with six different trails and the Phinizy Nature Swamp, an ecological gem sustained through preservation efforts.
Music & Entertainment
Plug-in to the musical vibes that can be found and felt throughout Augusta and catch a show at one of the cities many venues. Touted as a musical mecca, Augusta has fostered artists such as James Brown, Sharon Jones and Lady Antebellum. Broad Street gem, the Miller Theater and the Imperial Theatre host a plethora of events, shows and even airs movies. The Jessye Norman Amphitheatre a waterfront venue, hosts concerts and festivals throughout the year, combining picturesque views with melodic tunes.
Dive deeper into Augusta’s flourishing arts scene by stopping at one of Augusta’s many art museums and galleries including, Morris Museum of Art – the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South – Westobou Gallery, or the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
Augusta, Georgia is known for hosting the biggest and most coveted golfing tournament each, year but that is not the only thing that defines Augusta. Tucked away against the Georgia/South Carolina border, this charming Southern city is a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered.