Named The Garden City, Augusta, Georgia is a blend of southern charm and city life, meaning there is no shortage of things to do. It’s truly a city for everyone, catering to history buffs, sports enthusiasts, and artists alike. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the winding trails through the Fork Area Trail System, or time travel through 12,000 years of regional history at the Augusta Museum of History. Discover the beautiful Savannah River scenery along the Augusta Riverwalk. The list of activities, fairs, and recreation goes on and on. Our list of “Things to do in Augusta, Georgia” is nowhere near comprehensive, but it will give you a great idea of the range of activities The Garden City offers. In no time at all, you’ll discover why Augusta is one of the best kept secrets of Georgia.
There’s Something for Everyone in Augusta, Georgia
For History Buffs
Augusta Museum of History
Photo: Augusta Museum of History
The Augusta Museum of History is the region’s home for history. It offers a number of permanent exhibitions, including the award-winning “Augusta’s Story Exhibit,” as well as featured galleries. Other exhibits you’ll find here are a restored 1917 steam locomotive, “The Godfather of Soul: Mr. James Brown,” “Celebrating a Grand Tradition,” and “Sport of Golf”.
Augusta Canal Discovery Center
The Augusta Canal Discovery Center uses film, models and interactive exhibits to illustrate the rich history of Augusta waterways. The center is located in the Historic Enterprise Mill.
Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
United States President, Woodrow Wilson resided here between 1860 and 1870 while his father served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson are given every hour.
Ezekiel Harris House
The Ezekiel Harris House, which was built in 1797 by a prominent tobacco merchant, is a pristine example of late 18th-century architecture and is even said to be the finest 18th-century house surviving in Georgia. Visitors may observe what life was like during the Federal Period in Georgia.
African American History Walk Description
Laney-Walker Boulevard in Augusta will soon be lined with 50 monuments to honor prominent African-American citizens. Currently, there are 11 markers placed along the boulevard. These memorials feature Dr. James E. Carter, the first licensed black dentist in the city, and other well-known African-American figures.
Artists Row is a growing array of galleries, working art studios, specialty shops, restaurants and coffee houses along the Savannah River. Here, you can find everything from original works by internationally renowned artists, to local fine art, pottery, hand crafted glass work, sculpture,regional crafts, photography, jewelry, and specialty gifts. This is the perfect place to find art and one-of-a-kind items.
Symphony Orchestra Augusta
The Symphony Orchestra Augusta debuted on May 23, 1954, and since then has set out to fulfill its mission of sharing the joy of great musical performance with the city. The SOA shares its love through a variety of concert series, including “Pops!”, a series of iconic pop hits; “Columbia County Music Series,” a series that features ensembles and guest artists from around the world in an intimate setting; and “Symphony Series,” a series that shares familiar classics and thrilling contemporary works featuring a full orchestra.
Le Chat Noir
Schrodinger’s Cat, Augusta’s resident improv group, can be found at Le Chat Noir as well as original plays, musicals, and award winning Broadway performances. Patrons can get in on the improv action by joining in Extreme Theatre Games with Schrodinger’s Cat during First Friday every month.
Imperial Theatre Marquee
This historic theater opened on Monday, February 18, 1918. A number of famous faces have been recorded as being at the theater, including Charlie Chaplin. Today, the historic Imperial Theatre serves as downtown Augusta’s home for the performing arts. Audiences can see ballet, Broadway plays and musicals, and concerts from both local and international artists. The theater is located in the Broad Street Historical District.
For Sports Enthusiasts
The Masters Tournament and Other Golf Courses
If you are a golf lover, you have probably heard of the Masters® Tournament. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Augusta National Golf Club, where the tournament is held, to banter over which pro-golfer will take the grand prize. It’s a great experience which ignites the city of Augusta with camaraderie. Other notable golf courses in the area include Applewood Golf Course, Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Forest Hills Golf Course Club, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, Jones Creek Golf Club, and River Golf Club. If you love golf, Augusta is definitely the city for you.
Augusta isn’t just a city for golf lovers. Augusta’s minor league baseball team, Augusta GreenJackets, plays at Lake Olmstead stadium from April through September.
Stroll the Augusta Riverwalk, which follows the Savannah River, for a great view of the sunset or sunrise. This beautiful, clean walkway features a children’s playground as well as various gardens, benches for resting, and fountains. Two museums are located off the walkway along with the Jessye Norman Amphitheater and several restaurants.
The Fork Area Trail System, or FATS, features a series of loops through a thickly forested area providing a great hiking or mountain bike experience for all levels of hikers and riders. Nature lovers will enjoy the thick vegetation which provides a home for many birds and animals. For a more extensive list of attractions and activities visit the Augusta City Website. If you are interested in a home near the exciting city of Augusta, give us a call at 706-863-1775 or contact us here. To view one of Augusta’s best neighborhoods, visit the Hayne’s Station neighborhood page. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTORS® would love to find you a dream home.