How Do you Find Augusta? Explore and Experience..

Mason Barrett
Published on July 11, 2017

How Do you Find Augusta? Explore and Experience..

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Looking for fun attractions and events to explore in Augusta and Augusta’s River Region? We’ve rounded up 11 of the best year-round (or almost year-round) free things to do while you’re here!
 
Augusta offers many other ways to enjoy our increasingly diverse and lively city with a full calendar of music and arts events, outdoor guided hikes, bike tours, Master’s Week, and family friendly things to do. See below for fun weekly, monthly and annual Augusta events and festivals. 
 
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
 
Hikers, cyclists, and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. Pick up a trail map at the Augusta Canal Discovery Center  or  download a map here.
 
Hikers, cyclists and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. Spring and Fall  “Trail Talk” walks and “Pedals Thru the Past” rides  add to understanding and enjoyment.
 
Canoers and kayakers can enjoy the natural and urban scenery as well, with several points available for put-in. Pick up a map at the Discovery Center
 
Hikers, cyclists and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. Spring and Fall  “Trail Talk” walks and “Pedals Thru the Past” rides  add to understanding and enjoyment.
 
Canoers and kayakers can enjoy the natural and urban scenery as well, with several points available for put-in. Pick up a map at the Discovery Center
 
 
Augusta Market at the River
 
Spend Saturday morning browsing through produce and baked goods from Augusta’s River Region. Shop for regionally crafted art, jewelry, home goods and more. Let the kids run through the giant fountain. Stroll down to the Riverwalk stage and enjoy live music and performances. And don’t leave without trying the local cuisine from food trucks and vendors!
 
Evans Towne Center Park
 
The Towne Center Park is home to a fun and safe playground! Climb on the monkey bars or take a ride down the slide. Let the kids splash around at the Splash Pad. The Splash Pad is open year-round and is a fun way to cool off during hot summer days! The dog park is a great place to let your furry family members off the leash and have fun. There is plenty of space for agility training, fetch and more!
 
First Friday
 
The first Friday of every month, downtown Augusta hosts a celebration of art, food and culture. Local shops and galleries stay open late, restaurants and bars offer specials and local cultural groups host events at 600 Broad.
 
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
 
Rotating contemporary art exhibits hang on the walls of a historic and architecturally significant home – known to locals as Ware’s Folly.
 
Hopelands Gardens
 
A gem of Augusta’s River Region, Hopelands Gardens is home to magnificent old trees, grassy fields, flower beds and magnolia trees that line miles of paths through the garden. Along the way, you’ll pass ponds, fountains, amphitheaters, and even a rope swing. Museums on the property include the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, the Dollhouse, and the Carriage Museum.
 
Last Saturday at the Park
 
Each month, the Living History Park in North Augusta comes alive with activities from the 18th Century. Interpreters re-enact the life of a colonial settlement with most of the fun in the park centered around Perry Hill & the Backwoods Cabin.
 
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
 
Catch a glimpse of turtles, fish, marsh rabbits, an astonishing array of birds and diverse botanical life along the miles of trails, boardwalks, and bridges through Phinizy. Download a map of trails and features here.
 
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
 
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former church features towering twin spires, graceful arches, fifteen distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barreled vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars.
 
Morris Museum of Art 
 
Located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, the Morris is the first museum (open Sundays) dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The Morris offers free admission and gallery tours every Sunday throughout the year. Almost 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present are on display in the permanent collection galleries. In addition to the permanent galleries, the museum hosts eight to ten temporary special exhibitions every year.
 
Westobou Gallery
 
Designed as a contemporary venue for a wide variety of exhibitions both during the Westobou Festival and throughout the year, the Westobou Gallery offers curated exhibitions by national, regional and local artists with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary and experimental artists.
 
Take a selfie at an Augusta event and share your experience with the hashtag #LoveAugusta.

 

 

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