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Augusta Southern Nationals


It’s called the ‘World’s Richest Drag Boat Race’ and draws race teams from all over the country to Augusta.  As they race down the liquid quarter mile between the Georgia and South Carolina border, you have to pay attention, because if you blink, you’ll miss it!  Each July the Augusta Southern Nationals takes place on the Savannah River.  Thousands of folks gather on the banks of the river to watch as pairs of boats tear down the track reaching speeds of over 200 mph.

This year, my husband and I headed down to the river to watch the races and check out the race boats.  There’s a large area on the bank of the river, where fans are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets.  You can spend the entire day enjoying your spot, while the boats cruise by you at incredible rates of speed!

There are also quite a few food and drink vendors ready to keep you fed and hydrated during the warm, summer weekend, and plenty of activities for the kids.  Most of the race teams have their trailers right in the middle of everything, so you can check out the boats and inner workings of their very expensive engines, while the race team works on last minute adjustments before the race.

This really is a one of a kind event, so if you’re in Augusta during July you should definitely check it out!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

One of my favorite things to do during the summer in Augusta is to head out to Lake Olmstead Stadium and watch an Augusta GreenJackets game. They are the minor league baseball team in town, named after the Green Jacket that is bestowed upon the Masters Champion each year.  There is nothing like watching a ballgame on a summer night, with a hot dog and a cold beer!  The ballpark really is fun for kids of all ages! They have a playground and a bouncy house for younger kids and contests in between innings.

Recently, my husband and I went to a game with my best friend’s family.  Her boys are 3 and 6, and they were so excited to go to the ballgame. They were fascinated by the mascot, Auggie, and kept their eyes peeled for ‘the Bug!’ while he made his way around the ballpark. Finally, he came to our section and they got to take a photo with him and have him autograph their t-shirts.

The stadium is usually pretty packed on the weekend, but it’s fun to go on a weeknight, too. They have different promotions during the week, like Baseball Bingo on Wednesday nights and Thirsty Thursday, which is always a lot of fun!  You might even get lucky and see fireworks, if you happen to come to a home game on a Saturday night.  And since general admission is only $6, it is a great way to have some summer fun in Augusta!

The Augusta BMX Track

There’s just no shortage of recreational opportunities in  Augusta, GA.  Recently my husband and I took our son to the Augusta BMX track.  Brandon will start the second grade next month.  He has never been to anything like this before, but he’s athletic and loves to ride his bike.  We chose a Sunday evening to go check it out, which for us, worked out really well.  There were just a few kids there when we arrived, all older than Brandon, but they were all nice and let him get on the track without feeling too intimidated.  Soon we were the only ones there and Brandon could really try it out.

He loved it!  You could see the exhilaration on his face as he sped down the gate, over the hills, and rounded the curves.  There were a few minor scrapes, but all in all he toughed it out and can’t wait to go again. Augusta’s BMX track is at Wood St. and Division St. near downtown and is operated by the Augusta Recreation Department.

If you have any questions about the BMX track you can reach them at (706) 421-9892 or  (877) 269-1269 ext. 11.  It is free and open to the public during daylight hours.  It is also home to the Augusta BMX Club.  I definitely see more of this in our family’s future and look forward to a lot of fun and a heavy supply of band aids!

Paddling Deep Step

Deep Step, a former cypress swamp that runs alongside the Savannah River, was where some friends and I decided to explore this weekend.  Despite having lived in the area over ten years, I’m still finding new areas around Augusta to discover with scenic beauty and an abundance of flora and fauna. 

 

The first thing we learned is that Deep Step is deep in name only!  After paddling far into the area we found  the waterway narrowing considerably and ourselves barely floating above the bottom.  We had to pull our way through some muddy spots with our paddles, but catching a glimpse of this tranquil and beautiful spot was well worth it. 

Fishing Deep Step is another popular activity, but the water level is key!  Bass boats and the like will likely get stuck or have their hulls pierced by the many remaining cypress stumps.  Canoes, Johnboats and kayaks are ideal in this type of water.

 

If you’re interested in exploring Deep Step or any other area of the Savannah River, kayak and canoe rentals are available at American Wilderness Outfitters Limited.

Monster Truck Show

Are you ready to RUUUUUUUUMMMMMMBBBBBBLLLLLLEEE?  Did you bring your ear plugs?  Because you’ll definitely need them at the Monster Truck show that my family and I recently attended at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

 

There’s never a shortage of things to do with your family in Augusta, and this Monster Truck, Freestyle Motorcross, ATV, and BMX show was certainly an example of that.  My husband, my 16 year old step-son, Matt, and our 6 year old son Brandon had a blast watching these incredible machines smash old jalopies to smithereens. The boys, couldn’t take their eyes off of (not me, some of the time I covered my eyes it was so dangerous) the motorcycle and ATV riders as they took death defying leaps into the air, flipping from one ramp to another and even doing handstands on the handlebars.  The skill of the BMX bikers was incredible as they powered over ramps, jumped over a girl sitting in a chair, and made their bikes bend in their hands like silly-putty.

The entire show was really family friendly.  After it ended the riders signed hundreds of autographs for kids and fans of all ages.  Of course the popcorn and Coke was a treat and the company of our neighbors in the seats nearby was great!

We’ve still got the earplugs, ready for the next time we’re ready for the roar of monster trucks, the sweet smell of exhaust and the awesome aroma of burning tires!

Check out what you can take your family to see and experience at Augusta’s James Brown Arena at http://www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/.

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