Life in Augusta

Life in Augusta, Georgia

Augusta is Georgia’s second-oldest city, and was founded in 1736 by General James E. Oglethorpe. Oglethorpe named the city for Princess Augusta, who was his wife and the Princess of Wales. Augusta was Georgia’s capital in 1778 and from 1785 to 1795.

Augusta is located on the south bank of the Savannah River midway between the Great Smokey Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is growing with a metropolitan atmosphere. The current area population is over 500,000, which makes it the second largest city in Georgia. The area is known for its balmy climate with a short winter and long summer.

The city offers a wide array of cultural and recreational activities. Downtown Augusta hosts events including First Friday cultural celebrations, the Westabou Festival and Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Attractions that promise both fun and enlightenment include the Morris Museum of Art, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, the Augusta Cotton Exchange Welcome Center and Museum and the Augusta Museum of History.

Augusta has 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 performances; The Augusta Players, bringing popular plays to Augusta; the Augusta Mini Theatre, Inc. Community Arts and Life Skills School for children; Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the Augusta Artists Row.

Augusta University and Paine College often bring prestigious films, speakers and special events to the city. Sporting events, concerts, and conventions are often held at The James Brown Arena and The Bell Auditorium.

Shopping in Augusta offers a downtown art and antiques district with many restaurants ranging from fine to casual dining. Visit Augusta's official website.

Augusta is world-renowned as the home of the Masters Golf Tournament, as well as having many other beautiful golf courses nearby.

The area’s nine hospitals serve the Southeast and beyond, making Augusta a leading health care center in the Southeast.