It is summer in Augusta! Of course, summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th, but Memorial Day marked the unofficial kick off. And we’ve been experiencing summer-like for quite a while already.

The kids are out of school for the summer, although some are going to get a shorter break this year with some districts doing year-round school. But no matter the length of break, you want to make the most of it and do some fun things. The good news is, you don’t necessarily have to travel out of town to get the most out of your summer.

As a working adult, I don’t get a summer break. And I don’t have kids either. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some fun stuff during the summer months. Sometimes we just a reminder to shake things up and try new things.

Why A “Summer In Augusta Bucket List”?

First of all, I can’t 100 percent claim this was my idea. But I can’t quite remember whose idea it was. You see, I was scrolling on Instagram when I came across a photo. It was someone who lives in or around the Augusta area. They had written a summer bucket list for them and their kids. Now I can’t find the post, but I was truly inspired by the idea.

It’s easy for me to get stuck in a routine. And I’m always saying I want to try something or go certain places, but I don’t always follow through. So I thought maybe creating a Summer in Augusta bucket list and sharing it with you, it would be a great way to hold me accountable. And I can share my experiences as I check off the items on the list!

There are some things on my list that I knew should be on there right away. I also wound up with quite a few things and felt I should narrow it down a bit so I didn’t overwhelm myself. And there were a few things I didn’t include because they were more about personal goals versus experiencing things around town (like reading more, making sure I get to the gym at least 3 times a week, etc.).

  • Beach Trips

    Yes, I know this isn’t IN Augusta. But thankfully, we have some great beaches relatively close by that make for a great day trip. So the plan this summer is to take at least 3 day trips to the beach! There’s something refreshing about having my toes in the sand and feeling the wind and waves. It does my soul good, and I need to do more things that do that! So, whether it’s Beaufort, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, or any other beach, my goal is to have myself on a beach a minimum of 3 times before September!

    St. Helena Island, South Carolina

    A beautiful sight! Nothing makes my heart happier than the beach.

  • Check Out A New Restaurant

    I’m not talking just any new restaurant. I wrote this one down with one spot in mind… The new El Paso Tacos + Tequila place that’s where Mellow Mushroom used to be downtown.  I saw they were opening this spot a while back, and then recently learned they’re now open. The next step is to get myself to Downtown Augusta to do a taste test of the tacos… and of course, the margaritas!

  • Go Out For Ice Cream

    Originally, I wrote down to get ice cream at the Pink Dipper. But afterward, I was thinking I should try somewhere I haven’t been before. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pink Dipper. But I do need to get out of my little bubble and try some new places! I know Kettle Creek Creamery opened back at the end of March, so that might be where I go.

  • Visit The Farmer's Market

    I’ve been to the Downtown Market on a Saturday morning in Augusta. And I enjoy it even if I don’t purchase anything. But, I know the Evans Market is open now too, and I haven’t been there or to the Aiken Farmer’s Market. I think a visit to at least one of these is going to be a summer must! I love seeing what local farmers and artisans have to offer.

  • Go To A Baseball Game

    I have been to quite a few Augusta GreenJacket games at SRP Park, but not recently. In fact, I’m not sure we made it out there at all last season. And that’s a shame. I do truly enjoy having the opportunity to watch some baseball that’s so close to home. I’m not one to watch much baseball on TV, but I love being at a ballpark to enjoy a game. This year, we’ve got to make it to at least ONE game… but maybe more!

    Augusta GreenJackets on the field warning up at SRP Park

    The Augusta GreenJackets took the field ahead of the game to get in a warm-up!

  • Take A Trip To The Zoo

    Even though I’ve lived in this area for over 7 years now, I’ve never been to Riverbanks Zoo. Growing up, I went to Zoo Atlanta quite a few times, and I did visit the San Diego Zoo once a few years ago. As an animal lover, I’m surprised at myself for not making it a priority to visit Riverbanks Zoo when it’s really not that far. And I LOVE tigers, so that’s another reason to go!

  • Visit A Local Attraction

    There are a lot of places to go and things to see in Augusta. I know some people that have lived here forever may not think that, but there things if you expand and explore outside of your normal. When trying to decide what local spot to put on the list, I thought about walking or running the Canal Trail. But I’ve done that before. Not to say I won’t visit this summer, though. I also thought about heading to Phinizy Swamp. I have been there a couple of times, but it’s actually been at least a couple of years. I finally settled on visiting Pexcho’s American Dime Museum. I remember reading about it when it first opened, but I just never think about it. It seems like a unique, interesting experience to check out this summer.

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