There are many fun and exciting things you can do with your family throughout the city of Augusta while you're in town for Alumni Weekend.
GRU Guardhouse Museum
Corner of Katherine Street and Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
This 1870 guardhouse, which was once the main entrance to the arsenal, holds artifacts uncovered in campus archaeological digs as well as historic photographs that reflect the military and social lives of the soldiers, their families, and the men and women who worked at the Arsenal as civilians. The museum also contains photographs of Summerville and Sand Hills.
Open daily 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or dusk)
Augusta Canal Cruise
1450 Greene Street, Suite 400, Augusta, GA 30903 (Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill)
Well-informed, entertaining guides narrate the open-air trips on the Canal’s Petersburg Boats. You’ll see 19th Century textile mills, the Confederate Powder Works site and two of Georgia’s only remaining 18th Century houses. The boats are uncovered, so dress for the weather. For more information: visit www.augustacanal.com or call 706.823.0440.
Cost and Departure Time: Varies, visit website for more details.
Augusta Patriot Riverboat Tours
10th Street Dock Behind the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites
Augusta Patriot Riverboat Tours allow you to see Augusta’s downtown, beautiful riverfront homes, and natural landscapes and wildlife all along the Savannah River. Tours depart Wednesday through Sunday from the 10th Street dock located behind the Marriott in downtown Augusta, GA. The afternoon tour leaves at 3:00 p.m. and the Sunset Tour (2 hours) leaves at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday only.
For more information: visit http://patriottourboat.net or call 803.730.9739.
Cost: Afternoon Tour - $12 for Adults, $6 for Children; Sunset Tour - $20 for Adults, $6 for Children
Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta
560B Reynolds Street, Augusta Visitor Center, Augusta, GA 30901
Board the Lady Liberty trolley and explore Augusta's Historic Downtown. You will see historic homes, hear about the bones in the basement of the Medical College of Georgia, see where a U.S. president lived as a boy, get a glimpse of the Augusta Canal, and hear the legend of the famous Haunted Pillar. Price also includes admission to the Augusta Museum of History. 24 hour advance reservations are required.
For more information: visit http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/9612-historic-trolley-tour-of-augusta or call 706.724.4067.
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of African American History
1116 Phillips Street, Augusta, GA 30901
The museum is located in the Historic Laney-Walker District, near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history and by educating and exposing children and adults of Augusta, the State of Georgia and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs.
For more information: visit www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com or call 706.724.3576.
Cost: $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, $2 for Children
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
1858 Lock and Dam Road, Augusta, GA 30906
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park offers visitors the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as Blue Heron, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Otter, Alligator and the elusive Bobcat in their natural setting. Visitors can experience the thrill of hearing Kingfisher and the chorus of a thousand Tree Frogs, or delight in the myriad of summer Dragonflies. Open dawn until dusk.
For more information: visit www.naturalsciencesacademy.org/PhinizySwamp.htm or call 706.828.2109.
Sacred Heart Garden Festival
1301 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901 (Sacred Heart Cultural Center)
The historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center in downtown Augusta will be the focus for classic southern gardening during its annual Garden Festival. Come celebrate the advent of spring, tour private gardens throughout the CSRA, and see the finest examples of garden and floral displays by the best designers in the area.
For more information including festival hours: visit www.sacredheartgardenfestival.com or call 706.826.4700.
Cost: $10 for a 1-Day ticket or $25 for a 3-Day