There is something truly special about spring in Augusta, Georgia. Perhaps it’s the warm changing weather, the blooming azaleas, the genteel hospitality, or maybe the fact that nearly quarter-million people gather to be a part of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world—the Masters! This is certainly one of our favorite things about Augusta in the spring. Perhaps the only thing we love more than the Masters is putting our clients at the heart of this experience and accentuating their customized trip with unrivaled hospitality and services. Learn more about our Masters packages and contact us today with any questions you may have.
In past blogs, we’ve talked a lot about the Masters, including tips, facts, history, traditions, etc. In today’s article, we are going to switch it up just a bit. We are going to talk about some of the things to do in Augusta…that is not going to the Masters.
Take In Some Local History
Augusta is rich with history (and not just Civil War history). Downtown there are dozens of historic buildings that have been repurposed and given new lives but still wear their history. One special landmark is the Morehouse College, which was originally the Springfield Baptist Church, a church built by freed blacks in 1787. Also, be sure to check out the beautiful and historic Magnolia Cemetery, where many Civil War veterans are buried.
Check Out Water Works
The city of Augusta has quite an impressive water system, including canals, waterways, and the Savannah River. Throughout the city, there are a number of places to walk along the water and take in this aquatic elegance. If you are in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to check out the morning market, featuring local artisans, food trucks, and much more!
Play Some Golf
As you might expect, the city that is home to the Masters also has plenty of opportunities to play a quality round of golf. Although nothing compares to Augusta National, there are some fun and affordable courses. Some top Augusta courses include Forest Hills Golf Club and Municipal Golf Course. Though this could probably go without saying, if you are in Augusta during the Masters and you are a golf fan, do your best to score some tickets. Not sure how to do this?
Pay Homage To The Godfather Of Soul
Augusta is not only home of one of the greatest golf tournaments in the world, but it is also the birthplace of one of the greatest soul singers of all time: James Brown. Be sure to not only head downtown to get a selfie with the James Brown memorial statue but also check out the impressive collection of James Brown memorabilia at the Augusta Museum of History. If you really want the full James Brown experience, stop in for a quick tour of the Imperial Theatre, a beautiful venue where Brown played and rehearsed.
Soak In Southern Hospitality
Anyone who travels to the south and doesn’t soak up as much southern hospitality as possible would be greatly remiss. This is without a doubt one of the best parts of visiting Augusta. A visit to Augusta offers visitors a chance to experience southern hospitality at its finest. Though this is a feeling you will probably experience just by virtue of being in town, one way to guarantee that you experience it is to stop into one of Augusta’s notable restaurants. Whether you are looking for southern-style BBQ, farm-to-table classic southern dining, or some contemporary southern cuisine, Augusta has it all.
As you can see, Augusta is a city with a lot to offer. It’s worth visiting any time of the year. However, it is especially worth visiting when the Masters tournament is being played. As we’ve said before, the Masters is an event like no other. It’s not only a bucket-list destination for golf fans, but also for anyone who wants to experience an exciting event rich with history, tradition, and excitement.