Favorites in Augusta, Ga. from Summer House Realty
We love our city! We have an office on Washington Road that’s centrally-located to the entirety of the CSRA.
And now, we want to share some ideas for making the most of your time here – whether you’re a resident or just stopping by.
Let’s get started!
Best rooftop bars
The weather is warm, the drinks are cold and the sunsets are picture-perfect! Augusta has some of the perfect spots to enjoy, and here’s a few of our favorites you really need to enjoy:
Six South Rooftop Bar (Partridge Inn)
The Partridge Inn is located at 2110 Walton Way in Augusta, GA.
The historic hotel is more than 100 years old, and the views of the city are timeless. The rooftop has ample seating including lounges with fire pits, and if you’re wanting a bite to eat after your cocktails, you can step right inside to the P.I. Bar & Grill.
The combination of history, modern-day design, exquisite food, and location on Walton Way make this a local go-to for anyone.
Jackson’s Bluff (Crowne Plaza)
Jackson’s Bluff is located on top of The Crowne Plaza at 1060 Center Street, North Augusta, SC.
It’s the only bar in North Augusta located right next to the Augusta Greenjackets stadium, which is a minor league baseball team that’s currently a Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
You get gorgeous views of the Savannah River and convenience to plenty of local restaurants, including its own Salt & Marrow Kitchen. So, grab a bite, then walk over for the sunset and maybe the roar of the crowd!
Hyatt House Augusta Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Augusta, at 1268 Broad Street.
The rooftop bar has indoor and outdoor portions, making it the perfect spot for any season. It boasts impressive city views, showcasing the best of downtown Augusta.
With its downtown location that’s close to North Augusta but easy driving to most of the city (including many beloved restaurants), this is a staple.
Edgar’s Above Broad
Part of the Edgar’s Hospitality Group, this doubles as a training ground for Helms College students. The food is delightful, and the amenities such as corn hole, bocce ball, putting green, and more make it a popular hangout spot that’s downtown on Broad Street.
The tapas restaurant opened in 2020 and continues to have much fanfare.
Summer House Realty (sort of!)
Nope, this isn’t a typo 🙂 Our event space includes a rooftop bar area that you’ll love for your next gathering, and it’s off Washington Road which is a main thoroughfare!
With modern design based on a flagship, it’s also a bit different than typical decor in the area.
No, it’s not actually a bar that you might simply pop into on a Friday night, but if you need an event then you’ll want to consider it!
But rooftop bars aren’t the only thing worth checking out…
Summer bucket list
It’s no secret summer is our favorite season … it’s in our name!
So here’s some of our favorite summer activities in the Augusta area.
New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam Park is a beautiful spot in Columbia County to take in nature and beautiful scenery. With the Savannah River on one side and the Augusta Canal on the other, the park features walking trails, great spots for fishing, kayak rentals, and more.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, but not venture too far out of the city, look no further than the Augusta Riverwalk. The paved trail takes you through downtown Augusta along the Savannah River with lots of beautiful water views, a marina, an amphitheatre and more.
If you’re enjoying the Riverwalk on a Saturday morning, be sure to stop by the Augusta Market at the River. The weekly farmers market features lots of local artisans, baked goods, produce and more! It runs from 8AM to 2PM every Saturday, usually from May until November.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can take in the abundance of wildlife at Phinizy Swamp (and get some great hikes). There are several different walking trails depending on the type and length of hike you’re looking for.
Keep your eyes peeled for birds, snakes, and even gators on the trails!
Have you caught a game with the Augusta Greenjackets? SRP Park ballpark and surrounding areas were built in 2017 and continue to improve even as attendance at games is one of the highest for Single-A ball in the minor leagues.
The entire development is an excellent evening – and you may catch a future major leaguer at the plate or on the mound.
Or, if you’re feeling a bit more lackadaisical, take in the history and beauty of Augusta with a boat tour down the Augusta Canal. These guided tours give you a glimpse of wildlife and scenery, all while teaching you more about Augusta’s rich history.
And finally, for more outdoors enjoyment, head out to Clarks Hill Lake, where you can spend the day relaxing and playing in the water, or explore Mistletoe State Park where you can rent canoes for the day and then pitch a tent and enjoy some camping.
Oh, and if you’re looking for something a little less outdoorsy while still being at the lake, try Columbia County’s new Glamping experience while you’re there and thank us later.
Golf, of course
Of course Augusta is known for Augusta National Golf Club, home of the most famous tournament in all of golf. But if you’re looking to play, then there’s plenty of other wonderful options.
Here’s a few of our favorites:
Forest Hill Golf Club
Set on Augusta University’s Forest Hills campus, it was redesigned by Arnold Palmer Company in 2004. The university’s men’s and women’s teams call the course home, so if it’s good enough for Division I golf, then it’s good enough for your game!
Featuring three nine-hole courses designed by three legends: Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. It hosts the first two rounds of the Augusta Women’s Amateur, where star Rose Zheng took a commanding lead in the 2023 edition before holding on to win in a playoff after the final round.
Bartram Trail Golf Course
Design features more open, rolling fairways and has Bermuda grass (which most courses in the area don’t have). It’s also varied, with multiple par 5s to let you really swing that driver in your bag.
It’s in Columbia County so is convenient to a lot of the Evans, Ga. community – a great place to buy a home, as well 🙂
The River Golf Club
It hosted U.S. Open qualifying in 2002 and ups the challenge with its many bodies of water in play. A great challenge for those seeking it!
There’s many, many more available courses – check out Visit Augusta for a full list.
Disc golf, too
There’s a strong disc golf scene in the area, and if you play you have plenty of options.
Over in nearby Appling you’ll find Wildwood Park with three courses and plenty of nearby history, as well.
Day Trip ideas
Augusta’s convenient to many surrounding areas, each offering their own unique experiences.
Washington, Georgia (50 min drive)
This quaint town located in-between Augusta and Athens sometimes gets overlooked for the bigger cities. But those who know about the hidden gem full of small town charm certainly never forget about it.
Then, take a drive to look at the beautiful and historic mansions and plantations that are peppered throughout Washington.
Aiken, South Carolina (30 min drive)
Nestled between Augusta and Columbia, Aiken is a quickly-growing city that revolves a lot around horses.
A great primer on the horse history is here, and if you can find time to attend a day at the Aiken Steeplechase you won’t be disappointed.
Downtown Aiken is pedestrian friendly and bustling with locally-owned shops and delicious restaurants. While you’re downtown, be sure to check out The Alley and snap a pic of the famed gate.
If you’re interested in history, look no further than one of the several museums, the historic library, or a trolley tour. If the great outdoors are what you’re in search of, their parks are immaculately landscaped and overflowing with historic trees and beautiful plants.
Aiken is also home to the Hitchcock Woods, known for its beautiful horseback riding trails.
Edgefield, SC (30 min drive)
Edgefield, SC (30 minutes)
Edgefield is a bustling town just a 30 minute drive from Augusta. Their downtown Courthouse Square will transport you back in time with a beautiful greenway in the middle, and lots of local shops and restaurants surrounding it. Be sure to grab lunch at Augusta & House, and then dessert at Edgefield creamery after! If you’re looking for something unique to do, visit the historic Old Edgefield Pottery, which has produced pottery for over 200 years! See pottery being made and explore the rich history of pottery in Edgefield at their museum. You can also explore a number of other historic sites around the city.
Love Augusta? So do we.
And if you’re thinking of buying or selling in the Augusta area, we’re here to help.
We hope you’ve found this list of some of our favorites helpful! From rooftop bars to summer ideas and more, we love living here – and hope you do, too 🙂