Filed under: Family Weekend Trips, Historic Places & Landmarks, Kid-Friendly Trips, Nature & Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation & Hiking, State & National Parks
Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake
While camping in Georgia last month, we spent a day discovering the downtown Augusta area.
Located in a small radius are many great stops. We started with a visit to the Augusta Canal and Discovery Center.
We also visited the Augusta Museum of History, which focuses on the area’s history, from first settlers to current trends. Because Augusta is home to one of golf’s major tournaments, The Masters, the museum features multiple golf pro statues and several rooms brimming with golfing exhibits. The museum has sections devoted to local transportation (and have a Peterson boat, a full size steam train, a trolley the kids can play in…), James Brown, the Civil War and a local hero. The museum is also the location of the city’s Visitor’s Center (and a small gift shop), so it’s a great place to start your Augusta explorations.
On Saturdays, a tour trolley originates from the museum that gives you a fun tour of the area. Across the street is the historic St. Paul’s church, which is one of the oldest buildings in Augusta.
Our family camping trip was on a COE park on Lake Thurman. While we did not have fhu, the sites do have water and electric, and there are bathhouses with showers. The park was wooded, many sites on the water, and each site had a lovely raked patio with a picnic table and fire ring. The park was peaceful and relaxing.
We loved our stay in and near Augusta, and hope to visit the area again soon!