Attractions in the CSRA – Central Savannah River Area

Aiken County Attractions

Aiken County Historic Museum
The Museum is housed in a 1930s Winter Colony mansion named “Banksia”. Its 3.5 acre grounds are also home to an 1890s one-room schoolhouse and a log cabin built in 1808. The purpose of the Aiken County Historical Museum is to collect and preserve historical material relating to Aiken County, to display and interpret such information to the public. There is no charge to visit the Museum. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00; Saturday and Sunday 2:00 – 5:00.
The museum is at 433 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call (803) 642-2015

Aiken Tours
Experience Aiken’s grace, charm and elegance during this two-hour guided tour aboard our trolley. On the tour you’ll see and hear about historic homes, churches, equestrian sites, and experience a guided tour through Hopelands Gardens, the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum and Rye Patch. Tours depart from the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry St. at 10:00 AM on Saturdays. Reservations are strongly recommended!

Dupont Planetarium
The Dupont Planetarium is housed at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of USC-Aiken. The 45-seat theater has a 30-foot diameter tilted dome and uses a Sky-Skan automation system to control video, still images and other special video effects. The centerpiece of the theater is a Digistar II graphics projector system that displays more than 9,000 stars down to the eighth magnitude. Two large sundials, a variety of telescopes and the only known camera obscura that displays real time images on a planetarium dome complement the facility. Shows are 1st and 3rd Friday & Sat. of each month at 7pm & 8pm.

Hitchcock Woods
Once privately owned and enjoyed exclusively by Aiken’s storied winter colony set, Hitchcock Woods is now owned by the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, a nonprofit organization that makes the Woods available to the community. This nearly 2,100-acre longleaf pine forest has 65 miles of marked trails available to hikers, runners, equestrians, and carriage drivers. The Woods are home to the rustic Aiken Horse Show in late March and early April, one of the oldest annual horse shows in the country.

Thoroughbred Racing Hall Of Fame & Museum
The museum celebrates the great tradition of Thoroughbred racing and Aiken’s vital role in it. The famed Aiken Training Track has been the training ground for 38 champion Thoroughbreds and each have been immortalized in the Hall of Fame. Photos, trophies and other memorabilia highlight the careers of these famous race horses. Two of the best known are Kelso, a five-time national champion and 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony. Artistic and historic exhibitions are held throughout the year. Call or e-mail for more information.

Columbia County Attractions

City of Grovetown Museum
Renovated McDonald-Fields home that features information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia.  As well as, a military gallery. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; (706) 863-4576 or (706) 863-1687. 106 W. Robinson Ave., Grovetown, GA.

J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam at Clarks Hill
J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam at Clarks Hill is a 70,000-acre Army Corps of Engineers impoundment on the Savannah River above Augusta. The lower end of the lake near the dam is about a 45-minute drive from Augusta.  It’s the perfect spot for fishing.  Visit the website to learn more.

Patriots Park Disc Golf Course
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®.  For more information, call  (706) 863-7523 or visit their website.

Putt-Putt Fun Center
A Fun Center for people of all ages that includes a Laser Experience, Putt-Putt Golf, Batzone, Video Games, and more!  You can reach them at (706) 868-0083 or visit their website for more information.

Richmond County Attractions

Augusta GreenJackets Baseball
The Augusta Greenjackets were named South Atlantic League Baseball Champions in 2008!  Professional Baseball team owned by Ripken Baseball.  Visit their website to learn more.

Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau is a great resource and can provide you with information on attractions, recreation, hotels, shopping, dining and maps of the Augusta area. You can reach them at (706) 823-6600, (800) 726-0243, or click below to visit their web site.

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Built in 1845, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is the nation’s only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose. The canal site includes many historical exhibits, boat tours, and many outdoor recreation areas. Click the link below for more information.

Augusta Museum of History
The Augusta Museum of History includes many exhibits and collections from Augusta’s Past. Highlights include a 1914 steam locomotive, many documents and items from the founding of Augusta in 1736, and a Civil War collection. Please check out their web site for more information.

Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
Occupied by the Wilson family between 1860 and 1870, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson is the house in which Wilson lived longest throughout his life. Highlights include fourteen rooms furnished in the style of the 1860s Victorian period, original outbuildings and thirteen pieces of furniture used by Woodrow Wilson and his family. Call 706-722-9828 or visit their website for more information.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art was Founded in 1937 and resides in the historic house known as Ware’s Folly. Ware’s folly, so named for the large sum of money paid for its 1818 construction, currently houses major exhibitions of local and regional artists. The institute also conducts art classes and other special events at this historic location. Click the link below for more information.

Historic Augusta
Founded in 1965, the mission of Historic Augusta, Inc. is to preserve historically and architecturally significant sites and structures in Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia.  The organization accomplishes this through providing staff expertise and through special projects and educational programs throughout the year.  Call 706-724-0436 or click on the link below for more information.

Imperial Theatre
This historic old theatre in downtown Augusta hosts many plays movies and other national and local venues. Highlights of the web site include schedule and event information, as well as historical information about the theatre. Visit the web site for more information.

James Brown Arena
Located in the heart of downtown Augusta, the James Brown Arena hosts sports vents, concerts, and many other local, regional, and nation shows and events. Check out their web site for more information.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
Dedicated to one of Georgia’s most influential educational leaders, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History includes a wide array of exhibits or historical and cultural interest to the Augusta area. Exhibits of interest include the Ebony Legacy Exhibition, Pilgrim Life Insurance Company Exhibition, and the Alice Davis Collection. Click the link below for information on these and other exhibits.

The Masters® Tournament
The first Tournament was held March 22, 1934, and beginning in 1940, the Masters was scheduled each year during the first full week in April at the Augusta National.  To find out more about this famous tournament, visit their website.

Morris Museum of Art
Located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, the museum offers a broad collection of Southern art. Areas of interest include Civil War art, the Black Presence in Southern art, Southern Impressionism, early 20th century painting and contemporary works. Visit their web site for more information.

Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Built by Jesuit priests in 1897, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center hosts many important cultural events and organizations. Highlights include the Augusta Ballet, Choral Society, Children’s Chorale, Community Outreach for the Handicapped, Opera, Players, and Symphony. Visit their web site for more information.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy
The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy includes information about the conservation programs, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Located just minutes from downtown Augusta, this 1100-acre Phinzy Swap is home to many interesting species of animal and plant life. Check out their web site for more information.

McDuffie County Attractions

Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet
Hunt season opens November 1st with the Blessing of Hounds at 1pm. Belle Meade hosts what is likely the largest opening day meet of any fox hunt in the world. For ticket information, please call 706-595-2525

The Old Frontier Corn Maze
Come Experience an A-Maize-ing Journey! Visit The Old Frontier Camp A-Maize-ing Journey corn maze in Thomson, Ga.  Please call (706) 533-2544 for availability or visit their website.