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Augusata Canal Boat Tour and Picnic

Need something unique to do while in town? Take a tour of the Augusta Canal on a Petersburg boat. You can learn about some of Augusta’s history along the canal while observing birds and wildlife. My favorite thing about this tour is that you can bring along your own picnic basket and beverages to enjoy on the boat. This is an attraction you do not want to miss while you are in Augusta.  Call the Canal Interpretive Center at (706)823-0440 to make your reservations today!

Historic Downtown Loft Tour

Have you ever walked down Broad Street in Augusta or down Main Street in your hometown, passing historic buildings, and wondered what was on the upper floors or what a building was used as in the past? Well, during Historic Augusta’s Downtown Loft Tour you can finally find out! I think the tour is a really fun way to see behind closed doors and to learn about the history and architecture of the featured sites. You can pick up a program from tour headquarters which contains a map and historic information about each of the sites. On First Friday, in each of the loft apartments or businesses on the tour you will get to eat delicious appetizers or sweets provided by downtown restaurants.  The ticket is good for both days, so I recommend visiting the tour sites at your leisure leaving time to take in the shopping, dining and entertainment that downtown has to offer along the way.

This year the tour will be on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. Check out the tours website for ticket information (http://www.historicaugusta.org/). Tour times are 6-9 pm on May 7 and noon-5 pm on May 8.

Blog submitted by local resident Julia Jackson. Thank you Julia!

Julia

Horseback Riding in Augusta

Augusta is an equestrian sports hub in the southeast.  Polo, horse racing, steeple chase, and fox hunting are just some of sports celebrated around the area.  Augusta has also enjoyed being a longtime host for National Barrel Horse Association and Cutting Horse Futurity events.  With that heritage in mind, we decided to take a one-hour tour at the Hilltop Riding Stable on Fort Gordon, an Army Installation in Augusta.  We weren’t disappointed!

The recently renovated welcome center.

The stable and staging area.

After some initial questions, the professional staff recognized our inexperience and assigned us two docile and patient horses along with a friendly guide.

They also have ponies for the kids.

Our guide led us along some of their over-thirteen miles of trails meandering through pine forests, up and down small hills, and by streams. 

It was a great ride!  If you are a more experienced rider, they also have more challenging trails and “advanced” horses.  It was such a good find, I’m sure we’ll go back and bring friends the next time!

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