Augusta is a consolidated city-county in Georgia, which makes it the second largest city in the state. It is located along the Savannah River. The Augusta Riverwalk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. It is located in the downtown Augusta. As you take a stroll down the sidewalk of Riverwalk you will enjoy the view of serene Savannah River and the surrounding areas. There are many shops, hotels, restaurants and playground area located along the walkway. There is also an amphitheater located at the Riverwalk. The amphitheater hosts a variety of annual events and activities including St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 4th of July fireworks, movies and live performances. It is also the site where Tour De Georgia, a 650-mile professional cycling event ends. This is a great place for picnic with family and friends or sit under the shades while enjoying the cool breeze by the river. If you go further down the sidewalk you will see Augusta Diversion Dam that channels Savannah River water into the Augusta Canal. The channel provides the transportation of goods and the drinking water for the city. This channel also provides power for the textile mills in the area. You can take an open-air boat trip on the canal. As the boat sails through the canal you will see nineteenth century textile mills, two remaining eighteenth century houses and the Confederate Powder Works site. You will also see some native wildlife including otters, herons and alligators. If you enjoy fishing then you can also fish from the bank of the canal.
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If you enjoy travelling and exploring new things then there are more to do for you in Augusta. There are many parks and recreational facilities in this historic city. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park draws many visitors to Augusta. This is a great place to spend afternoon with the family members. This 1100-acre Nature Park features woodlands, wetlands, streams, swamps, a lake and a wildlife educational center. As you stroll through the park, you will come across green and lavish loblolly and pine tree surrounding the park area. The park is also home to various birds that live in the trees and the swamp including Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Wood Ducks and Soras. If you are lucky then you may come across some birds rarely seen in Georgia such as Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks and Cave Swallows. Other commonly found animals in the park include muskrats, beavers, bobcats, alligators, frogs, snakes and turtles. Your next stop could be Goshen Plantation Golf Course. It is an 18-hole regulation length golf course. The golf course features 5 sets of tee boxes for the delight of both professional and amateur golfers. Other golf courses in the area are Forest Hills Golf Club, voted Best Public Golf Course by Augusta Magazine and Bartram Trail Golf Course. If you love symphony then you will enjoy the Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Founded in 1954, the symphony orchestra offers four concert series each season. The Symphony Series consists of six concerts including major symphonic works throughout the music history. It also offers numerous educational and outreach program for the schools and the local community.