Augusta, known as the Garden City, is located along the banks of the Savannah River in Georgia. Each spring, golf pros and fans flock to Augusta to enjoy the Masters Tournament. Golf isn't the only attraction in the city, however. You'll find an assortment of children's activities throughout Augusta for your family to enjoy together.
Take your children for a visit to the 64 acre Pendleton King Park (pendletonkingpark.com), a bird sanctuary that is made up of marshes, forests and sand ridges. You can take a hike on the nature trails or bring along your bikes. Or, head over to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park (naturalsciencesacademy.org). Covering 1,100 acres, this nature park has trails and boardwalks that wind through the property, giving visitors the opportunity to spot wildlife, such as otters, blue heron and alligators. Step into the visitor center to grab a souvenir for the kids.
Take your kids bowling at AMF Masters Lanes (amf.com/masterslanes), where you'll find 24 bowling lanes, as well as billiard tables and an arcade area with an assortment of games. You can also go for a day of fun at Adventure Crossing (adventure-crossing.com). Inside this fun park, your children can play arcade games, a game of laser tag, hit some baseballs in the batting cages or enjoy a friendly game of miniature golf. There's also a go-kart track, carousel, roller coaster and children's carnival rides.
Learn more about Augusta's history by paying a visit to the Augusta Museum of History (augustamuseum.org). Exhibits include Augusta's Story with artifacts and information about the area dating back to when Native Americans lived there and Canteens to Combat Boots, where your children can see items from World War I to Vietnam, including gear, rifles and uniforms. Take your kids to one of the Augusta branches of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System (ecgrl.org) for some free children's activities. Younger children can enjoy one of the story times that stories, music, finger plays and craft projects. Older children can enjoy movie times, workshops, craft days and special guest appearances such as a magician.
Parks and Recreation
Check out all that the Augusta Parks and Recreation Departments have to offer. Your children can join sports teams, like T-ball, baseball, soccer, football and cheerleading or attend a day camp, including Blythe's End of School Camp or Blythes' Masters Camp, for children ages 4 to 12. You could also take your kids to some of the parks across the city. The Augusta Riverwalk (no website; Reynolds Street, Augusta; 706-821-1754) provides spectacular views of the river, has gorgeous gardens and a large children's playground. Sand Hills Community Center and Park (no website; 2540 Wheeler Road, Augusta; 706-842-1912) has a playground, picnic area, walking trails and a community building with activities, like crafts and game days.