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The month of April brings extra energy to Augusta, Georgia, as fans from all over the world flock here for the legendary Masters Tournament, but this charming city on the banks of the Savannah River is lively any time of year, thanks to a downtown scene filled with unique shops, attractions and restaurants.

Learn About the Legends

The Augusta Museum of History features exhibits covering the city’s past and local legends. Its most popular exhibits highlight two Augusta originals— the Masters Tournament and singer James Brown.

Support Local Art

Step inside Jim and Kristin Tar’s Art on Broad, and you’ll probably be greeted not by them but by their dog Mason, sleeping on the front chair. A staple on Artists Row since 1991, the couple works with local and regional artists to offer original creations in glass, clay, paper and canvas.

Shop by the Decade

Vintage Ooollee owner Caren “Ooollee” Bricker’s selection of jewellery, clothing and accessories spans the 1880s through the 1980s. Each piece is labeled by decade on the tag, and Ooollee likes to pass along the items’ stories to their buyers.

Go Dancing

The namesake of the Godfather of Soul, the Soul Bar is an intimate venue frequented by local musicians. It’s hard not to take to the dance floor on any given ‘80s night.

Indulge in Unique Dining

Eclectic is the name of the game at Rooster’s Beak, a downtown gourmet taqueria. House-made tacos change on a weekly basis, depending on which ingredients chef Jonathan Marks, his brother and general manager Philip and their crew choose to stuff into corn tortillas. At Frog Hollow Tavern, chef Sean Wight’s vision of an affordable yet stylish dining and social club comes to life. Expect a dinner menu of local and regionally grown ingredients, plus more than 100 value-driven wines.

Come explore all that Augusta has to offer, and experience a city alive with history and Southern charm.

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