Located on Georgia’s border with South Carolina, Augusta was established as a city in 1736. It is the home of several colleges and universities and a military installation, and it is also home to famous entertainers like James Brown, Amy Grant, Hulk Hogan and Laurence Fishburne. It also hosts many fun things for teenagers to do.
Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art offers galleries for teenage artists to tour, and it conducts classes and workshops to develop young artists’ skills. Each month, the museum holds Artrageous! Family Sunday with events and presentations designed for the whole family to enjoy. At Augusta Museum of History, teens can “hunt for history” with a scavenger hunt that varies based on the age of the participant. The Augusta Canal National Heritage Center features a discovery center at Enterprise Mill to teach visitors about how Augusta used its waterways to shape its future. The center’s exhibits include a hydroelectric demonstration turbine and exhibits highlighting important periods in the canal’s history.
The Family Y of Greater Augusta offers sports programs for teens at several locations around the city, including pools and fitness centers. The Y also operates Teen Achievers Program, providing activities that help teens focus on study skills, community service, financial management and other adult skills. At Red Wing Rollerway, teens can skate to a laser light show and video screens, and the rink even has wireless Internet to keep teens entertained. At the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, teens can participate in programs by Upward Sports, an organization that teaches teens skills they need for sports and life.
Augusta offers teens and families opportunities to enjoy nature with various activities. At Reed Creek Nature Park, teens can learn nature photography skills or enjoy an outdoor movie night with their families. The park also offers wilderness survival training and other classes that teach teens about the natural environment. Teens looking for a more active nature experience can take kayak tours of the Savannah River through Cole Watkins Tours. The tours include a kayak, life jacket, paddle and delivery to the launch location, or families can rent kayaks without a tour guide.
Teen sports fans can enjoy watching one of Augusta’s professional sports teams. The Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league baseball team, play at Lake Olmstead Stadium. The team hosts many special event nights throughout their summer season, including fireworks at Independence Day and Super Splash Day where the stadium becomes a water park. Augusta’s hockey team, the Augusta RiverHawks, play at the Augusta Ice Sports Center. The team is part of the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing games throughout the winter months.