I was due for a vacation but I was not leaving town. Instead my dad was coming from New York. I was thinking about all the things I wanted to show him but knew I would have to choose carefully because we still had to have time to just visit. We went to the Museum of History because he, like most people, loved James Brown. He was really impressed with the Exhibit. I think we were in there for about 2 hours and could have stayed longer but I wanted him to experience the Arts in the Heart of Augusta event. This Festival is one of my favorite things to do in Augusta every year and I knew he would enjoy it since he is into the arts in New York City. I was right. He enjoyed it so much he was making notes to take back a few ideas for a block party he is planning.
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What a gorgeous season to be outside enjoying Augusta! Saturday my girlfriend Stacey and I rode along the Augusta Canal to explore downtown Augusta. The Augusta Canal Heritage Area has a path you can follow all the way from the Savannah Rapids Pavilion straight into the downtown area.
Along the way, there were all sorts of things to see.
The trees are all turning beautiful colors.
We went by a Petersburg Boat tour in progress – they’re a lot of fun too.
They start at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center located in Enterprise Mill. The regular hour-long tours are narrated by story-telling guides who share all sorts of information about history, nature and wildlife.
Once downtown, we crossed over the Butt Bridge and made our way to Springfield Village Park.
Chicago artist Richard Hunt sculpted the Tower of Aspiration that reaches to the skies above the park.
Just down Broad Street a little ways, another well-known artist, I.M. Pei, designed the pyramid-shaped structure atop this building downtown.
And of course, no visit to downtown is complete without visiting the James Brown statue! Here he is all decorated for the Christmas season.
We rode a little further to the Marina to check out the Head of the South Regatta with teams coming to compete from all over the east coast.
While we were down there, we also noticed you can rent bicycles and canoes at the Marina. That means when you visit Augusta, you can ride bikes and follow our steps or create your own tour of downtown Augusta!
Afterwards, we hopped back on our bikes, totally satisfied by a beautiful morning exploring our hometown.
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