Even though the summer seems to be flying by, make the most of your last few weeks of slow weekends and late sunsets to get out and explore all that Augusta has to offer.

Photo credit for that stunning shot above? Look no further than the Westobou Gallery itself and give them a follow @westobou

For the Rainy Days

The Westobou Gallery is featuring a new exhibit that is sure to make the most of your afternoon. Titled “A Lot of Things All at Once,” this exhibition features the work of three Augusta-based artists, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Brian McGrath and Raoul Pacheco; showcasing a variety of mediums with themes of mortality, family preservation and self-reflection.

The Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History is re-open with safety guidelines to ensure that each one of their visitors are welcomed to explore their latest exhibit: “The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future” from August 1 to September 25. This exhibit examines the role that the historically black college and university have played in shaping many of the iconic figures of Augusta. One need look no further than the namesake of the museum, Lucy Craft Laney, who graduated in 1873 in the first class of the Normal School of Atlanta University. In addition to the physical exhibit at the museum, there will be several virtual and interactive components.

Pro Tip: The gallery allows photo so grab a grammable moment and use #loveaugusta when sharing. 

For the Sunny Days

Cole Watkins Kayak Tours offers rentals and guided tours to spend your Saturday exploring Augusta from a different perspective. The tours are offered for all ages and abilities and with many routes along the Savannah River ranging from Lake Thurmond to Lake Olmstead. Looking for some free outdoor fun? Take a walk or go for a run down the Augusta Canal with trailheads starting from the Savannah Rapids Pavilion or the Lake Olmstead Trailhead.

Pro Tip: Cole Watkins Tour frequently visits Stallings Island and allows you to feed a set of adorable donkeys native to the island. 

For the Mornings

Rooted Coffeehouse is a must for quality local brews, cultivated community, and delicious breakfast and lunch options. Sit a while or grab it to go, and start your summer day off with a caffeine boost and a smile. 

Pro Tip: We absolutely recommend jumping on the trend and ordering a WHIPPED coffee! 

For the Nights

The Big Mo Drive-In movie theater is the best place for your evening social-distancing fun. Check their website for special events off of the regular summer schedule such as a free Amazon Series of movies.

For the Explorer

Wander around downtown for inspiring murals around every corner. Nothing captures Augusta like our local artists taking the streets to bring “happiness” to someoneʼs day with paintings from James Brown to abstract city landmarks. 

Pro Tip: Make sure to snap a picture, tag us, and use #loveaugusta 

For the Romantic

Whether youʼre visiting Augusta for a weekend or youʼre in need of a staycation, The Partridge Inn is the perfect getaway from the world. Enjoy brunch on the porch in the morning, tan by the pool in the afternoon, indulge in dinner at The PI Bar and Grill in the evening, and experience the rooftop bar for cocktails late at night with one of the best views of the city.

Pro Tip: For all you locals looking for a quick getaway by the pool, plan a staycation at The Partridge Inn and follow them @thepartridgeinn for inspiration!

For Everything in Between

Want more ideas on how to make the most of your summer? Stop by Augusta & Co. for the local scoop and souvenirs!

We encourage our visitors and locals to practice safe social distancing while exploring our beautiful city, and to continue following recommendations for travel, sanitation, and safety given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Effective July 10 through September 8, the Mayor of Augusta has issued an executive order requiring masks to be worn while participating in public activities. For more information, view our guidance on masks and social distancing.