A Guide to Your Weekend Getaway in Augusta from Atlanta

If you still equate Augusta with only being the host city to the iconic Masters Tournament, you’re missing out on everything this Peach State gem has to offer explorers of all backgrounds! This eclectic city is the perfect destination to spend your weekend getaway without the annoyingly long hours in the car or the high gas prices.  

A Guide to Your Weekend Getaway in Augusta from Atlanta
Courtesy: Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Don’t miss out! Whether you’re traveling with kids, want a date weekend, or are interested in exploring the outdoors — we’ve got an itinerary for you!

Family Time

For those looking to spend some quality time with the family — here’s a fun trip plan for you.

Savannah Rapids Pavilion: Savannah Rapids Pavilion is not only the outdoor area of an active families’ dreams, but it is also an expansive area that guarantees natural social distancing between other visiting parties.

Hop in the water vessel of your choice (kayak, paddle board etc.) available for rent at Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental, conveniently located along the Augusta canal. Ditch the stress back home and take to the water for a relaxing day down stream!  

Downtown Augusta: Explore Downtown Augusta and grab a burger and shake from lunch at Farmhaus Burgers. Downtown is home to many of Augusta’s most popular attractions, locally owned restaurants, and nightlife. Affordable public parking and walkability make exploring downtown easy. 

Cruise the Augusta Canal: As the sun sets, opt for a moonlight cruise along the Augusta Canal. Unbeknownst to many, the Augusta Canal is a National Heritage Area (one of only 3 in the state!) designated by the U.S. Congress and it tells the story of the Industrial Revolution in the American South.

Tours operate on a daily basis and are put on by the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. The best part? The canal offers a wide variety of cruise themes / options including their history and nature tour, Civil War tour, Friday music cruise and Saturday music tribute tours. Pick up dinner from one of the many delicious area restaurants and enjoy dinner and a show! 

TopGolf: Top off the day with TopGolf! This family friendly entertainment attraction offers a wide selection of games for all ages and skill levels along with food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. I know what you’re thinking — Top Golf is everywhere! But trust me, this one is VERY Augusta. Remember, the city is the mecca for golf after all…  

BONUS TIP: Check out the calendar events on the Destination Augusta website to catch family-friendly acts coming to the city!

A Guide to Your Weekend Getaway in Augusta from Atlanta
Courtesy: Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Outdoor Explorers 

Ready to explore the outdoors in and around Augusta? Here’s the perfect weekend plan!

Mountain Biking: Augusta is home to the one-of-a-kind Forks Area Trail System, also known as F.A.T.S Trails. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this world class mountain biking trail has a series of loops that yield memorable outdoor experience, panoramic views and high elevation adventure. 

Augusta Canal Heritage Area: Known for the unique boat tours, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area also allows you to explore fishing or foot trails, biking or boating to embrace the wildlife. 

Phinizy Nature Center: Get an up close and personal look at area critters at the Phinizy Nature Center. Bring binoculars to spot birds who call Augusta and the center home, take a tour on your own, or opt into one of the highly educational + interactive tours offered through the center.  

Rock Climbing and Disc Golf: Rain or shine, Augusta has adventure to offer you! Enjoy Augusta’s indoor rock-climbing facility, built floor to ceiling with obstacles and 18,000 square foot of rope climbing. Or, try your hand at disc golf at one of the many free courses in the area — like Lake Olmstead.

A Guide to Your Weekend Getaway in Augusta from Atlanta
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art | Courtesy: Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Art + Culture Enthusiasts + Foodie Stops  

Since Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia, it is full of museums and galleries for art and history enthusiasts. Here are some can’t miss museums + self-guided tours to include during your weekend getaway in Augusta. 

Morris Museum of Art: Morris Museum of Art offers art and history all in one. With works of art dating back to the early nineteenth century, this museum presents special exhibitions filled with a rich variety of art, from past to present that celebrates the culture of the South.  

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art: Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is a nonprofit contemporary gallery and visual arts school in the region with architectural features from the 1800’s. It is considered a great example of Federal architecture and displays contemporary art and artisanship from the bygone era.  

Candle making: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of candle making with Augusta scents like magnolia and azalea at the Augusta Candle Co. just a few blocks away from the Hyatt House, where you can relax and unwind on the rooftop bar.  

Mural and sculpture tour: Take a self-guided mural and sculpture trail tour around the city to truly immerse yourself in the artsy vibe of downtown. 

Enjoy yummy eats: After a long day of exploring and experiencing the history and art of Augusta, refuel with tacos and margaritas in the sunshine at Nacho Mama’s. Afterwards, if there is room, enjoy a sweet treat from Vance’s Bakery Bar. This super cool / new hangout serves up tasty traditional and nontraditional desserts infused with alcohol.

A Guide to Your Weekend Getaway in Augusta from Atlanta
Courtesy: Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Just the Two of Us 

Date night, elevated! 

But first, coffee: Start the day off with coffee and brunch at New Moon Café.

Relax: The main purpose of a vacation is relaxation, right? Schedule a couples massage at Retreat Spa & Salon in Augusta. The retreat will relieve your stress, allowing you to look and feel relaxed and look renewed. 

Riverwalk: Take a stroll along Riverwalk to take in the beautiful views! If it’s a Saturday, be sure to check out the Market!  

Dinner: Grab dinner and drinks for two on Augusta’s completely revitalized Broad Street. Kick off your date night at hip + fun Craft & Vine. This bar, home of the popular “champbong” (exactly what it sounds like) features hand crafted cocktails, an elegant wine selection and small plates. Enjoy the vibe and experience, as well as each other’s company. 

Music: Continue your romantic evening of two and hear live music at the walkable Miller Theater or enjoy local musicians at many of the bars in town.  

And Dancing: Close out the night dancing the night away to live music at a local must Stillwater Taproom.