Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties offer a variety of recreational opportunities.
78 Milledge Road
Augusta, GA 30904 706-922-9467
Augusta’s minor league baseball team, the Augusta GreenJackets, plays at Lake Olmstead Stadium from April through September. The team has been a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants since 2005 and plays in the South Atlantic League. The GreenJackets last clinched the division and league in 2008. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament where the winner receives a green jacket.
Bear Hollow Zoo and Memorial Park
293 Gran Ellen Drive
Athens, GA 30606 706-613-3580
Located in Memorial Park’s hardwood forest, natural habitat exhibits of nonreleasable native wildlife are used to teach about wildlife and the environment. Resident animals include three black bears, including siblings Athena and Yonah, bobcats, white-tailed deer, river otters, owls, a bald eagle and more than 120 species of wild, free-living animals.
Durhamtown Off-Road Resort
2350 Randolph Church Road
Union Point, GA 30669 706-622-4108
This old-style resort boasts a sporting clay course, fishing, paintball, ATV riding, archery range, pistol and rifle range, cabins, camping and a pavilion for cookouts. Durhamtown offers 14 tracks and 150 miles of one-way trails and riding suitable for all types and skill levels of riders. It offers more than 6,000 continuous acres along the North Fork of the Little River, teeming with wildlife. The plantation has an abundant population of turkey and wild hog, miles of ATV and dirt bike trails, and racing courses.
Georgia has more than 150 golf courses, clubs and schools as well as the Masters Tournament played each year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta. A variety of public and country club courses are available in the area, including the 18-hole Forest Hills Golf Club, an award-winning course where greats like Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III have played, and Goshen Plantation Golf Club, one of the best public courses in the state. For a full list of public and private courses in Georgia, visit www.golflink.com/golf-courses/state.aspx?state=GA.
PDGA International Disc Golf Center
3828 Dogwood Lane
Appling, GA 30802 706-261-6342
The region’s love of golf knows no bounds, and that is clear at the Professional Disc Golf Association International Disc Golf Center, the world’s premier destination for the sport of disc golf. It features a clubhouse with 2,700 square feet of amenities and attractions that will make your visit a unique experience. With a state-of-the-art training center, practice putting greens and three demanding championship caliber courses, the International Disc Golf Center will challenge and improve every aspect of your game.
Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center
1388 Highway 24 E
Statesboro, GA 30461 912-489-3000
Jump into 768,000 gallons of fun, ride on one of the park’s wild slides or relax on the lazy river. The park includes a five-lane mat racer slide and spray ground, three waterslides, two body slides, one inner tube slide and a zero-depth entry play pool designed to accommodate a variety of ages with low-level water. The 800-foot lazy river encircles the play and leisure pools. Pools are open year-round under a portable dome structure. Water park enthusiasts will enjoy full amenities of a big city facility on an economical budget, just an hour and half from Fort Gordon. Visit the website for more information on hours and ticket prices.