Make the most of sunny days and hot nights with these 25 quintessential summer things to do in Augusta's River Region.
Watch a movie outside.
Grab your lawn chairs and a cooler for a night of film under the southern sky. Family friendly films show monthly on the Augusta Common during summer months or head to The Big Mo drive-in theater just 45 minutes from Augusta for new release double features.
Eat ice cream at the Pink Dipper.
Take a break from the heat and go for a nostalgic sweet treat at this old fashioned ice cream shop in downtown North Augusta.
Try the tree swing at Betty's Branch.
Adventurous fun seekers can paddle up to the shallow sandbar at Betty's Branch where you can stop to cool off and try your best dive off the tree swing.
Go strawberry picking.
Stroll strawberry fields and enjoy country breezes and panoramic views at Gurosik's Berry Plantation while you pick a basket of summer berries to take home with you.
Stay out late dancing downtown.
Cheer on the Augusta Greenjackets.
It doesn't get more American than a hot summer night spent cheering for the local minor league baseball team - hotdog in hand.
You don't have to wait 'til the next 4th of July celebration to watch fireworks in Augusta. The Augusta Greenjackets have fireworks after almost every Saturday home game in July and August.
Kayak/SUP at twilight.
Just a quick drive from Augusta you can taste small batch moonshine made with fresh local ingredients at Carolina Moon Distillery.
Create something crafty and fun.
Super Awesome Storytime at The Book Tavern, Monday at the Museum at the Augusta Museum of History, and Artrageous! Family Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art are all great regular downtown events where story time, history or art lessons mix with fun crafts to keep little hands busy.
Eat a snoball in every flavor.
From Dill Pickle to Piña Colada and Sour Tsumani to Tigers Blood - you can try a fluffy New Orleans style Snoball in more than 75 flavors at Pelican's SnoBalls.
Spend a day at the lake.
Sip a boozy root beer float.
Step inside Farmhaus Burger and order the Soda Jerk's Float. Made with vodka and Abita Root Beer, it's the grown-up version of a childhood staple.
Splash in the downtown fountain.
Stop by the street fountain at the 8th street entrance to Riverwalk. This popular summer splash spot is great for kids of all ages and four-legged friends.
Lace up those quads or roller blades and head out to the skate floor at Red Wing Rollerway for a few hours of fun.
Watch the dragonflies at Phinizy.
Wander the trails at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and you're sure to see hundreds of these ancient insects rushing around their natural habitat.
Eat a tomato sandwich.
A fresh sliced tomato from the farmers market on white bread is all you need for the perfect southern summer lunch, just add a little salt and pepper.
Order honest-to-goodness lemonade at the Augusta Market.
Why drink the powdered version when you can have the real thing? There's nothing better than sipping the good stuff as you stroll the market on a Saturday.
Learn how to windsurf.
If you paddle like a pro and want to try something new, then give Whitecap Watersports a call and spend a day at the lake harnessing wind-power to speed across the water.
Go searching for Augusta Rocks.
Hidden in corners or under trees and signs along the sidewalks of downtown Augusta, sitting in the paths along the Augusta Canal and Riverwalk, or simply hanging out in the parking lots around Augusta are little works of art meant to brighten the finder's day. Go on a scavenger hunt to find your own Augusta Rock to take home or paint one to hide and make someone else happy.
Watch the Great American Total Eclipse.
Augusta has a partial view of what's expected to be the most watched total eclipse of all time (or at least for the next 100 years). You can also take a short drive to Columbia, SC - just an hour from Augusta - and catch the full total eclipse.
Have drinks on the P.I. Porch.
Porch sitting with friends while sipping a cold drink is an essential summertime activity. And what better porch to park on than at the Partridge Inn where you can enjoy one of the best views in Augusta with a sweet tea or a southern cocktail from the bar.
Eat all the BBQ.
There's no shortage of good barbecue to be found in the River Region. Try the Everything Plate at Cleve Edmunds Bar-B-Que, the Plantation Plate at Sconyers Bar-B-Que, The Big Boss Man at Southbound Smokehouse, or the Half Chicken Plate at The Pot Smoker BBQ.
Plan a staycation.
We all need a little break without breaking the bank. So plan a weekend of fun without the long road trip and surprise your family or your besties with a summer staycay for the books.
Watch a drag boat race.
Every year during the third weekend in July, the river comes alive with the fastest drag boats in the world during the Augusta Southern Nationals. Hang out on the banks of the Savannah and watch as drag boats thunder down the liquid quarter mile at speeds exceeding 260 MPH.