For newbies to the area, Augusta means golf, and golf means The Masters®, the April tournament that prompts a pilgrimage of golfers from all over the world. But Augusta offers many other ways to enjoy this increasingly diverse and lively city and its friendly locals.
Augusta has a vibrant arts community that includes both traditional and modern ways of looking at the world. The Morris Museum of Art offers changing exhibits and a variety of events throughout the year. The fun continues through the year with First Friday events downtown—a monthly celebration of Augusta. Westobou Studio & Gallery offers year-round art exhibitions featuring a variety of themes and mediums. The Greater Augusta Arts Council offers a year-round calendar of arts activities.
The outdoors beckon visitors to Augusta, and there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time. The Augusta Canal seems made for lazy afternoons in a kayak or canoe, on your own or as part of a tour. The Augusta Canal Heritage Area & Discovery Center also offers seasonal walking and biking trail tours as well as music cruises. Bird lovers will want to gravitate to Phinizy Swamp, designated an Important Birding Area by the Audubon Society, especially during its April Birding Weekend.
History buffs can learn about Augusta’s rich past by land, sea and air, with Trolley, guided kayak, and aerial tours. The Augusta Museum of History offers Monday at the Museum for children as well as regular Brown Bag Lunch lectures on the area’s past and an annual holiday Gingerbread Village, and regional historic homes offer insight into the lives of presidents and other personalities.
Augusta’s thriving and eclectic music and performance scene means that every night is a chance to get up on your feet, or take in an unforgettable show. Nightclubs, restaurants and music venues throughout the city offer plenty of variety. Garden City Jazz offers events like Soiree: Jazz & Wine and Candlelight Jazz throughout the year. The Jessye Norman Amphitheater, the Riverwalk 8th Street stage or the Augusta Common is a great place to relax and enjoy a concert.
While you’re here, check out all the installations of Art the Box or the James Brown statue. Take a selfie at an Augusta event and share your experience with the hashtag #LoveAugusta.