Things to Do
There’s a wide range of attractions in Augusta for your enjoyment!
The city has a thriving nightlife, with First Friday in downtown offering an array of music opportunities. The Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon sits on Washington Road and features nightly shows with names you may already know and love.
Rock Fore! Dough is a community staple at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Columbia County, and takes place early in Masters Week. The concerts typically feature big names such as Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley, and raise money for the First Tee of Augusta.
There are many ways to relax, and we have plenty of ideas on how you can best unwind!
Augusta boasts many salon and spa opportunities to enjoy. From facials to massages and more, they offer a huge array of choices! We recommend Tuscany Classic Spa, Aqua Salon and Spa, and Retreat Salon & Spa, and are happy to make a reservation for you or a group.
Check schedules and catch a movie at the River Watch Luxury Cinemas, which boast a bar, premium seating, and the ability to RSVP which seat you want.
In addition to an extensive golf culture, our city also boasts a large disc golf scene. With multiple courses from the Hippodrome to The Players Course at Lake Olmstead stadium – site of the 2006 PDGA World Championship Finals. Many courses are free to play, with others requiring a small fee. Great for any skill levels!
If you prefer the outdoors, we suggest going for a walk at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, which boasts miles of walking trails along the river and canal. Downtown also features a lovely Riverwalk between the 5th and 13th Street bridges.
If shopping is on your to-do list, there a bevy of opportunities. Downtown Augusta and downtown Aiken, SC offer many local businesses and offerings you simply won’t find anywhere else, and each city boasts free parking and range of goods and services.
If history is something that strikes your fancy, Augusta has a rich military history intertwined throughout the city, from the Arsenal walls at Augusta University to the Confederate Powder Works along Broad Street.
History to see
The city’s has a rich history spanning well over 250 years, dotted with many military stories of significance you’ll find interwoven into the fabric of modern-day living.
Founded in 1738 by James Oglethorpe, Augusta originally was created as a defense barrier against the French and Spanish so the British could maintain security in the port city of Savannah. Two battles were fought, and the city stood as Georgia’s state capital after Savannah fell for a brief time.
In the Summerville area, you’ll find an Augusta University campus thriving within the confines of the former Augusta Arsenal, replete with spaces for cannons and a History Walk dedicated to the extensive stories that can be told. Make sure to swing by the Confederate Power Works, the only structure the Confederacy built, still standing along the river on Broad Street.
In addition, such names as James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson called Augusta home for parts of their childhood. Stop by President Wilson’s boyhood home downtown – and make sure to stop by some of the beautiful and historic churches, such as First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the oldest African American church in the United States, Springfield Baptist.
Historical elements also dot some of the area attractions, including the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, a great place for a relaxing stroll.
The Augusta History Museum, located in the downtown area, also offers a wonderful opportunity to soak in many elements of history you won’t find anywhere else.
Places to eat
Food is a major part of any outing, and doubly so when it comes to Southern culture! Our packages offer fine dining as an option, with our in-house chef, Bruce Sacino, boasted decades of experience as the former executive chef of Augusta National Golf Club, the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion, and more.
We understand you may be eager to try a new place or two around the city. And we’re happy to make a reservation on your behalf, when applicable!