the second-largest city in Georgia, is located on the south
bank of the Savannah River midway between the Great Smokey
Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a growing and thriving
city with a metropolitan- area population of around 400,000,
and recently ranked the second most favorable place to live
in Georgia. The area is known for its balmy climate, with
an annual mean temperature of 64 degrees.
Founded in 1736 by General
James E. Oglethorpe, Augusta is Georgia’s second-oldest
city. Oglethorpe named the city for Princess Augusta, wife
of the Prince of Wales. Augusta was Georgia’s capital
in 1778 and from 1785 to 1795.
The city offers a wide
array of cultural and recreational activities. Augusta has
a world-class riverwalk, the site of many activities including
the Augusta Invitation Regatta (a national collegiate rowing
event) and the Augusta Southern Nationals, dubbed the World’s
Richest Drag Boat Race. The city also is a short drive from
the huge Lake Thurmond Reservoir. Outdoor activities such
as water-skiing, swimming, boating and camping abound.
sites include the Funsville Amusement Park and the Augusta
Iceforum, an ice-skating rink. Attractions that promise both
fun and enlightenment include the National Science Center’s
Fort Discovery, the Morris Museum of Art, the Gertrude Herbert
Institute of Art, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the Lucy
Craft Laney Museum of Black History, the Augusta Cotton Exchange
Welcome Center and Museum and the Augusta Museum of History.
Augusta has many associations
dedicated to the performing and visual arts, including the
Fort Gordon Dinner Theater; Augusta Opera Association, the
only resident opera company in Georgia; the Augusta Ballet,
an Honor Company nationally known for its high-quality performances;
the Augusta Players, bringing first-rate plays to Augusta;
The Augusta Children’s Theatre; The Augusta Symphony;
and the Augusta Art Association.
The Medical College of
Georgia, Augusta State University and Paine College often
bring prestigious films, speakers and special events to the
The James Brown Arena
seats 8,658 in the grand arena for concerts, sporting events
and a wide variety of other entertainment and convention activities.
Bell Auditorium seats 2,690 and features smaller concerts,
plays and stage shows.
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Augusta offers exceptional
shopping and features a downtown art and antiques district.
The area’s hundreds of restaurants range from fine to
casual dining, featuring everything from ethnic specialties
Augusta is within an easy
three-hour drive of Atlanta, the University of Georgia, the
Atlantic Ocean and the mountains.
The sporting life is ubiquitous
throughout Augusta, whether you consider yourself an athlete
or spectator. The city is home to professional baseball and
ice hockey teams. The city annually hosts the Augusta Futurity,
the largest cutting-horse futurity in the eastern United States.
Nearby communities host polo tournaments and other equestrian
Did we mention golf? Augusta
is world-renowned as the home of the Masters Golf Tournament.
The tournament coincides with the full bloom of thousands
of brightly colored
azaleas, dogwoods and other beautiful foliage.
And if your invitation
to play in the Masters gets lost in the mail, Augusta has
11 other golf courses nearby.
Augusta is a leading health
care center of the Southeast and has a rapidly developing
and diversified industrial base. The area’s nine hospitals
serve the Southeast and beyond.