As Georgia’s second-oldest city, Augusta offers plenty of attractions for visitors and for residents, from guided boat tours down the Augusta Canal to photo-ops with a life-size statue of Mr. James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul.”
Enjoy the Augusta Canal on foot, by bicycle, canoe or kayak. Fish from the banks, watch for wildlife or relax on a guided tour aboard a replica canal cargo boat. Or stretch your legs on the Augusta Riverwalk, the two-tiered park that includes a children’s playground and beautiful gardens and spans three blocks along the Savannah River. Off the Riverwalk are two museums and the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.
One of the museums off the Augusta Riverwalk is the Augusta Museum of History. Here you’ll find the award-winning Augusta's Story - a 12,000-year journey through local history; a restored 1917 steam locomotive; and special exhibits that include "The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown," "Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf," and five life-size statues of golf's greatest players.
The other museum accessible to Augusta’s Riverwalk is the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. Art-lovers will also find plenty to love on Augusta’s Artists Row, a grouping of art galleries on Broad Street, or at festivals such as the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival or the Westobou Festival.
Augusta, Georgia is a historical city, site of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, as well as Historic Meadow Garden, the farmhouse that was home to George Walton, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The city also proudly presents the history of its African-American residents through such sites as the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; the oldest active African-American church in American, Springfield Baptist Church; and the monuments on James Brown Boulevard that celebrate African-Americans and Augusta residents who were leaders in education, medicine, business and more.