Make the most of sunny days and hot nights with these 5 quintessential things to add to your summer bucket list in Augusta's River Region.
Cool off with a boozy treat.
Nothing satisfies that summer thirst better than a sweet treat in the heat. Grab a boozy popsicle on the rooftop at Jackson's Bluff, or a boozy milkshake from Farmhaus. Got kids? Grab them a house-made (non-boozy) watermelon popsicle from The Hive after a day exploring the city or a double scoop from the historic Pink Dipper in North Augusta.
Swing from the trees in 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. Check out these other Paddle Tales for great places to hit the water.
Two words: tomato pie.
Spring can have pimento cheese, summer for true southerners is all about the tomato pie. For lunch, try Finch & Fifth's spin on a Georgia favorite. Afterwards, meander through the shops at Surrey Center for a shopping experience unlike any other.
Cheer on the Augusta GreenJackets at SRP Park.
It doesn't get more American than a hot summer night spent cheering for the local minor league baseball team. Make a night of it and get your barbecue fix overlooking the park at Southbound II. Through August, Saturday nights feature a post-game firework extravaganza that you won't want to miss.
Explore the downtown Augusta riverfront.
There's nothing better than sipping honest-to-goodness lemonade as you stroll the market on a Saturday, and a splash in the downtown fountain at the 8th street entrance to the Riverwalk. While you're there, visit 2nd City Distilling Co., now open and serving up their own Augusta spirits that are distilled, bottled and packaged on site. If you prefer a local brew, check out Savannah River Brewing Company or Riverwatch Brewery located just a few miles away.
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.