Things to do in Augusta, GA

Get Your Bearings in Augusta

By Biju Sukumaran
Travel Expert

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Where to Stay

The city of Augusta has a number of budget options like the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which offers complementary breakfast, internet and an indoor pool. The Courtyard Augusta is a more upscale hotel and is located close to many of the city's landmarks and is close to the Augusta National Golf Club.

Caution:

Most hotels get booked during the busy season, which coincides with the Masters.

What to Eat

The city is home to a number of chain restaurants and local establishments. High-end restaurants like Bee's Knees Tapas, which serves fusion cuisine, and La Maison on Telfair, which serves classic French cuisine, are located downtown. The area is famous for its BBQ, and Sconyers Bar-B-Que is rated one of the best BBQ restaurants in the country. Other dining options include Italian, Creole and Greek cuisine.

Caution:

La Maison is quite expensive - even for normal dinners.

Things to See

The city's River Walk includes a marina, an amphitheater, and is home to the city's many festivals. The restored Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson is another notable attraction and is open to the public for a small admission fee. The city's downtown area has a number of shops and restaurants, an art district and plenty of historic buildings.

Hot Tips:

The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson offers discounts to seniors and students.

Places to Party

A number of restaurants, like Bee's Knees Tapas, also contain bar areas with a wide array of cocktails. The River Walk is a big nightlife spot; the bars and restaurants often have live music, especially on the weekends. Cafes like the Metro Coffee House turn into bars at night, offering jazz music on Saturday nights.

Hot Tips:

Joe's Underground Cafe, named for its location in a basement, has live music and an assortment of drinks at budget prices.

Where to Shop

Head to historic downtown Augusta for shops and art galleries. The seasonal Augusta Market, a local farmer's market, is also held downtown on Saturdays through March and October. The Augusta Mall offers more high-end buys and houses a number of standard department stores like Sears, Dillard's and Macy's.

Hot Tips:

Try the Barnyard Flea Market, open on Saturdays and Sundays, for bargain deals on a variety of items.

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