Exploring the Outdoors in Augusta, GA
Augusta is the second-largest city in Georgia, located along the banks of the Savannah River. Here are some of the popular ways Augusta residents get outdoors, whether to get active or to simply have a few relaxing moments in the sunshine.
Stroll Along the Augusta Riverwalk
Water is very calming to most people. Plan to take a stroll along the Augusta Riverwalk the next time you feel like taking a walk. You can enjoy views of the river – and its wildlife. After you’ve worked up a sweat, you can quickly duck a few streets in to find restaurants, shopping and other local businesses. In the spring and summer, the Augusta Market is held every Saturday in the 8th Street Plaza. Shop the vendors as you make your wavy toward the riverwalk. Truly, this tree-lined area is perfect year-round. The Riverwalk runs from 6th-10th Street.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
This park is just outside the city – approximately a 20-minute drive from downtown Augusta – and makes for a great morning or afternoon outdoors. Here you will see many types of wildlife that thrive in the warm, humid, swampy ecosystem. There are boardwalks through areas of the park that are water-laden that allow guests to traverse the area safely. The park also offers free guided tours to their guests. Call ahead for availability.
Masters Tournament at Augusta National
If you enjoy watching professional golfers play one of the prettiest and most challenging courses on the PGA Tour, then set a goal to attend the Masters Tournament. The golf course grounds are beautiful and you will be an eyewitness to the golfing prowess of some of the most famous golfers in the world. Bare in mind that attending the tournament takes money – or luck – as ticket availability is sparse. Many locals rely on a Masters Tournament ticket lottery for a chance to attend the tournament or one of the associated practice rounds. If your name is drawn, you and a guest can purchase two tickets at face value. After you watch others play golf, you may choose to play a round of golf yourself. The Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Forest Hills Golf Course, or The River Golf Club are all popular options. The Forest Hills Golf course was previously voted the best public golf
course in Augusta, GA.
Pendleton King Park
This is a wonderful park to visit while you are in Augusta. This park is full of gardens designed to display the wonder of the spring blooming season. As you walk throughout the park, there are plaques to tell you what the flowers
and plants are. Within park grounds, there is a tennis court, playgrounds and nature trails. And for dog lovers, this park has two dog parks, one for large and one for small dogs. Something for people of all ages can be found at Pendleton King Park.
Reed Creek Nature Park
Another fun outdoor activity in Augusta is Reed Creek Nature Park. There are trails and small bodies of water to explore. Here you can get up and close with snakes and other small wildlife! For some, this sounds enticing and for others, nerve wrecking, but staff members are available to make your visit safe and educational.