Music on the Augusta Riverwalk

Concert on the Augusta Riverwalk

Guide to Augusta

Explore the world-famous home of The Masters year-round with these tips for things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and events.

Established along the Savannah River in 1736, Augusta was once home to cotton production, which helped it become the state's second largest city. These days, much of the city's industry surrounds the medical fields and technology, thanks in part to nearby Augusta University. The city is home to Augusta National and the Masters golf tournament as well as the birthplace of legends like James Brown. A thriving arts community, plentiful outdoor exploration and locally owned restaurants only add to its appeal for travelers.

Things to Do

Augusta Information Center

Enjoy the great outdoors in Augusta, starting with the Augusta Information Center, inside the history museum, which has brochures on area attractions as well as Augusta’s Gallery Pass, a ticket to nine area attractions.

Augusta Riverwalk

Don’t miss the Augusta Riverwalk, a multilevel walkway along the Savannah River, complete with museums, parks, gardens, playgrounds, fountains and an amphitheater. Pay your respects at the Heroes Overlook Memorial.

Music cruise on the Augusta Canal
Music cruise on the Augusta Canal

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area offers guided tours on replica canal boats from the discovery center, a state-of-the-art museum about the river’s history, set in a historic textile mill. In addition to guided tours of the 11 mile canal, they offer special events like live music.

Morris Museum of Art

The Morris Museum of Art boasts more than 5,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings and sculpture from the late 18th century to the present with special attention to works from Georgia and the South. In addition to the permanent collection, it hosts special exhibitions.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Art lovers also can't miss the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, an arts organization dating back to 1937. Housed in two historic buildings, including the home of a former Augusta mayor, it hosts nearly 30 exhibitions per year.

Meadow Garden

Just one of Augusta's historic homes is Meadow Garden, the former residence of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton. The farm house, the city’s oldest, is furnished in period furniture and Walton family memorabilia.

James Brown's cape on display at the Augusta Museum of History
James Brown's cape on display at the Augusta Museum of History

Augusta Museum of History

Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History covers the region’s history, starting 12,000 years ago in the area. Highlights of the collection include a restored 1914 locomotive, memorabilia related to Augusta native James Brown, and one of the original green jackets from the Masters.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

The only African-American museum in the Savannah River area, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is housed in the former home of Laney, who founded the first school for black children in Augusta in 1883.

Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson

While many consider this president for his ties to Virginia, Augusta is actually home to the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson. He lived here with his father, a Presbyterian pastor, and family, where he saw the horrors of the Civil War, greatly impacting his future life in politics.

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Where to Stay

The Partridge Inn in Augusta, Georgia
The Partridge Inn in Augusta, Georgia

Partridge Inn

Lay your head down at one of Augusta’s unique accommodations, including the historic Partridge Inn. The property has more than 100 individually decorated rooms and suites. The hilltop location has the best view of the city along with a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and an onsite restaurant.

Candlewood Suites Augusta

At the Candlewood Suites Augusta, visitors can easily access the highway and local attractions. All rooms have queen beds and kitchens as well as full-size refrigerators and pet-friendly rooms. There is also onsite laundry, a convenience store and a fitness center.

Residence Inn Augusta

Residence Inn Augusta feels like home with studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and complimentary grocery delivery. Other amenities include free Internet and breakfast, an onsite fitness center and evening social hours.

Hampton Inn and Suites Washington Road

Minutes away from Augusta National Golf Course, the Hampton Inn and Suites Washington Road has rooms and suites with free WiFi, free hot breakfast, a 24-hour store, fitness center and meeting areas.

Inside the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Conveniently located for conferences and events, the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center boasts Savannah River views and modern amenities like a fitness center, pool, restaurant and lounge, room service and high-speed Internet.

Sheraton Augusta Hotel

Sheraton Augusta Hotel has plenty to offer guests, including an indoor/outdoor pool, state-of-the-art-fitness center, full-service steakhouse, and lounge boasting the best martinis in town. The more than 150 guest rooms feature high-speed Internet and desk space.

Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Conveniently located near the historic district, the Holiday Inn Express Downtown has free gated secured parking, free daily breakfast, an outdoor pool and a complimentary shuttle to take you around Augusta.

Mini-golf at the Home2 Suites in Augusta, Georgia
Mini-golf at the Home2 Suites in Augusta, Georgia

Home2 Suites

The stylish all-suite Home2 Suites is 15 minutes from Augusta’s airport and convention center. Rooms are studios and one-bedroom suites with a sofa bed, kitchenette and free WiFi with business center, an outdoor pool and complimentary breakfast available.

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Where to Eat

The PI Bar & Grill

In addition to being one of Augusta’s best hotels, the Partridge Inn is home to The PI Bar & Grill, which has fine dining, an outdoor patio and live entertainment. The menu offers creative Southern dishes and a decadent Sunday brunch.

River Watch Brewery

Sip on locally made brews at River Watch Brewery, which has tasters and pints of their four core beers and limited releases. They offer guided tours and allow outside food, so you can bring your kids and pets.

Frog Hollow Tavern in Augusta, Georgia
Frog Hollow Tavern in Augusta, Georgia

Frog Hollow Tavern

Local favorite Frog Hollow Tavern uses regional ingredients in their dishes, which can be paired with their plentiful wine menu. Try the Sapelo Island clams, fried Manchester Farms quail, and braised Angus short rib.

Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Enjoy the Southern-inspired dishes and fresh oysters at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the Surrey Center. Menu highlights include the Georgia White Shrimp and Grits, best enjoyed with a local craft beer or classic cocktail.

Finch and Fifth

Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch and happy hour, Finch and Fifth is a great place for drinks and shared bites with friends. Their menu includes craft cocktails, artisanal cheeses and other creative dishes.

Barbecue, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and beer at Southbound Smokehouse in Augusta, Georgia
Southbound Smokehouse in Augusta, Georgia

Southbound Smokehouse

For casual barbecue with a Southwestern twist, visit Southbound Smokehouse. The menu includes pulled pork, chicken and even shrimp on sandwiches, tacos, salads and sandwiches. Pair with sides like grits and collard greens.

Farmhaus Burger

Chow down on a custom creation or signature style from Farmhaus Burger, which uses local beef in its burgers. The menu also includes boozy milkshakes, hot dogs, fries and onion rings at their two locations in town.

Sole

At Sole, diners can have a little bit of everything off the eclectic menu featuring tapas, sushi and burgers. Enjoy specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer with your dinner. Don’t miss weekly specials like happy hour and discounted sushi rolls.

The Bee’s Knees

All of the dishes at The Bee’s Knees are made with as many local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients as possible. Items range from vegan wraps to tacos to egg rolls. Their seasonal craft cocktails also can’t be missed.

""Dessert at Craft and Vine in Augusta, Georgia
Dessert at Craft and Vine in Augusta, Georgia

Craft and Vine

Craft and Vine has one of the best selections in the city for wine and cocktails. Start your night here over charcuterie, wood-fired pizza and other small plates, but be sure to save room for their decadent desserts.

The Hive

Enjoy beer, wine and cider on tap at The Hive, equal parts growler store and pub. Dine on sandwiches, including many grilled cheese, salads and hearty bowls. They even have craft cocktails if that wasn’t enough options.

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Events

Arts in the Heart Festival in Augusta, Georgia
Arts in the Heart Festival in Augusta, Georgia

Arts in the Heart

Plan your visit around one of Augusta’s signature annual events. Held at Sacred Heart Cultural Center every September, Arts in the Heart celebrates creativity and culture with handmade arts and crafts, international food, and performances.

Augusta Ironman

In September, athletes descend upon the city for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, which allows some to qualify for the world championships. The course includes a Savannah River swim, flat streets for the running and biking portions, and a hospitable crowd to cheer them on.

Westobou Festival

October’s Westobou Festival combines music and arts with dance, spoken word, and other types of performances all around Augusta. The name comes from the original name of the Savannah River.

Augusta Futurity

In January, Augusta Futurity brings together horses and riders to compete in the sport of cutting, as it has since its founding in 1980. Cutting demonstrates the horses' athleticism and ability to handle cattle, and the 10 days of competition draw teams from around the country.

The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia
The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia

The Masters

And, of course, there’s no event bigger in Augusta than The Masters, which brings in the world’s most well-known golfers in search of the iconic green jacket. The food and atmosphere is an equal part of the atmosphere and traditions surrounding the spring event.

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Published: November 2018