Things to Do in Albany GA: 14 Incredibly Fun Activities! [UPDATED]

July 16, 2018

things to do in Albany GA

Albany, Georgia will surprise you.  It’s a four-way intersection of southern antebellum charm, outdoor adventure, the civil rights movement, and multiple museum-style attractions. Take a look at all the fun things to do in Albany GA!

1. The Blue Hole

Radium Springs Gardens

One of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders, Radium Springs Gardens pumps 70,000 gallons per minute of crystal blue water from an underground cave, known as “the Blue Hole.”

Radium Springs Gardens

There are ruins of a courtyard where the former Radium Springs Casino once stood, surrounded by indigenous flora. Recent restorations include a new terrace, boardwalks, and gazebos.

2. Riverwalk

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Riverfront Greenway Trail is a 2.4-mile path that hugs the bank of the Flint River from Riverfront Park to Cox Landing and includes scenic overlooks along the riverfront.  The paved trail is popular for walking, jogging, and biking. Tourists can rent a bike at the Albany Welcome Center near the trail.  The trail system is also part of their Snickers Marathon that takes place every March.

3. Ray Charles Memorial

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Honoring the legendary blues singer who was born in Albany, the city constructed an artistic plaza that you won’t want to miss.  At the center is a fountain and sculpture of Charles playing the piano, with his music wafting out into the surrounding park.  The park benches and paths are also coordinated to look like piano keys.

4. Kayak the Flint

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Kayaking was one of my favorite things to do in Albany GA!

Kayaking is one of the best things to do in Albany GA. You can enjoy the beautiful Georgia weather as well as explore the mighty Flint River.  The paddle route can take from one to three hours, depending on current, and whether or not your friends leave you for dead (sort of).

5. Pretoria Field Brewery

Pretoria Field

As part of the efforts to revitalize downtown Albany, the brewery has a newly renovated, prime location.  Visitors can take a tour to see the process, as well as sample Pretoria Field’s craft beers.  Pretoria Field Brewery takes pride in their collective of brewers and farmers working together to produce slow beer on the Georgia soil.

6. Flint RiverQuarium

Flint RiverQuarium

Flint RiverQuarium is one of the best things to do in Albany GA for kids…of all ages!

The Flint RiverQuarium is fun for all ages. Do you know those adults who’ll do childish things to get a photo op? Like crawl on all fours into the children’s tubes because that’s where the cool stuff is? Yeah, I’m THAT girl. Kids (the real kind) will love the interactive exhibits and face-to-face encounters with the creatures and fish native to South Georgia.

7. Museum of Art

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The museum houses a growing collection, including an impressive collection of 19th and 20th Century American, European, and traditional African art. The Albany Museum of Art supports the theory that art is vital to the human experience and has a passion to nurture curiosity for the many forms of artistic expression.

8. Tift Park Market

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Located in the Albany’s oldest park of the same name, the Tift Park Market – named after Nelson Tift, the founder of Albany – is open every Saturday, with vendors offering fresh locally-grown produce, handicrafts, and live entertainment. The park is relaxing, family-oriented, and pet-friendly.

9. Chehaw

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I’m not a fan of animals in captivity, but Chehaw is no zoo. Covering an expanse of over 700 acres, the park was designed by naturalist Jim Fowler of television’s Wild Kingdom. Chehaw’s mission is education, conservation, and preservation of animals in the wild, especially vanishing species. The property also encompasses a BMX track, mountain bike trails, 18-hole disc golf course, camping, and hiking.

10. Civil Rights Institute

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Most people don’t realize that the Civil Rights Movement actually started in Albany.  The Civil Rights Institute is a museum dedicated to telling the personal, tragic stories of residents who gave so much to effect much-needed change.  Be prepared….the curated stories, photos, and exhibits will make your soul hurt.

11. Freedom Singers

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No doubt, the Civil Rights Institute is a heavy, heart-breaking experience.  So directly following a visit through the exhibits, walk next door to Old Mount Zion church where the Freedom Singers (on certain days) will lift your spirits with their hopeful, inspiring message and beautiful voices.

12. Gastronomy

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Albany is a foodie’s paradise!  For breakfast, head to retro Pearley’s and try the biscuits smothered with bacon gravy or other traditional southern favorites. For lunch, Harvest Moon is known for the pizza, which is very good, but the chicken nachos are to-die-for. For lunch with an abundance of atmosphere, go to The Bread House.  Casual dinner at Blackbeard’s will get you either BBQ or fried seafood. The Catch is Albany’s upscale seafood restaurant – try the savory oyster appetizers.

13. Thronateeska Heritage Center

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Thronateeska‘s campus includes a history museum, science museum, rail car display, and a planetarium.  The goal is to inspire wonder and stimulate exploration of science and history by providing a dynamic learning experience through an interactive science center and museum. As for me, I had a blast becoming a meteorologist.  I know, I know, don’t quit my day job!

14. Merry Acres

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The front porch of the boutique, retro hotel is the place to go for a relaxing cocktail before dinner with friends.

You can also stay in one of the fabulous rooms in the Merry Acres Inn, hands-down the best place to stay in Albany. Rooms are limited and go fast, so don’t hesitate — you can find availability here!

There are enough fun things to do in Albany GA to keep you busy for a long weekend, or even a week!

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Disclosure:  The author was honored to be the guest of Visit Albany GA during her stay in Albany, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences are her own.

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About the Author

Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, World Footprints, Travel Play Live magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.

Patti has traveled six continents looking for places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe. You can follow Patti on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

11 comments

  1. Comment by Rodderick Davis

    Rodderick Davis Reply August 2, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I’m from Albany but haven’t lived there in about 25 years and haven’t even visited in over 12 years but I’m headed there next weekend to see my family and I’m shocked by all the attractions that
    “The Good Life City” has to offer.
    Bigg Rodd Entertainment…

  2. Comment by Carlas Henderson

    Carlas Henderson Reply July 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I’m proud of my hometown ! I did not realize there was so much to do and see. I will venture out on my next visit!

  3. Comment by Aaron Smith

    Aaron Smith Reply July 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Comment by Cakemix Jones

    Cakemix Jones Reply July 20, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Great post, and makes me want to visit. I live in Atlanta, so it’s not to far away.

  5. Comment by Doreen Pendgracs

    Doreen Pendgracs Reply July 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you very much for this enticing post about Albany, GA. I’d not previously heard of it, but you’ve certainly put it onto my radar.

  6. Comment by Suzanne Fluhr

    Suzanne Fluhr Reply July 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    This post about things to do in Albany, Georgia just became the first post on my Georgia (US) Pinterest board. You had me at “chicken nachos” — a reason why one should not read travel blog posts hungry (bordering on hangry). Lately, my travel has been on other continents. It’s easy to forget the wealth of places we can visit without a passport.

  7. Comment by Kemkem

    Kemkem Reply July 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Oh wow! I never pictured Albany anything like this!!!! Definitely a surprise. There seems to be a lot to do and see, and my..the food looks awesome! Great post.

  8. Comment by Lori

    Lori Reply July 17, 2018 at 12:04 am

    What a great round-up Patti! I’m sure I’d love seeing the Civil Rights Institute. But the gospel choir next door would do my hurting soul good! What a hidden gem you found in GA!

  9. Comment by Karen Warren

    Karen Warren Reply July 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Plenty to do in Albany! I think I’d choose the river walk followed by cocktails at Merry Acres…

  10. Comment by Cheryl

    Cheryl Reply July 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive guide of things to do in Albany! No doubt we would enjoy all the outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking.. Of course heading on over to the Pretoria Field Brewery afterwards to quench our thirst!

  11. Comment by Debbra Dunning Brouillette

    Debbra Dunning Brouillette Reply July 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Wow! I didn’t know Ray Charles was born in Albany, GA! I would also love to visit the Aquarium and the animal park designed by Jim Fowler!

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