Activities for Everyone in Albany, Georgia
Posted on 1/17/2023 by Rashelle Minix
Albany’s southern location and mild temperatures make it an ideal destination for year-round outdoor activities and there are plenty of things to do in Albany, Georgia, no matter when you visit.
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Check out the area’s six-acre Riverfront Park, spread out along the Flint River, featuring a beautiful lawn for family picnics and gatherings, music- and light-animated play fountain, pavilion areas, Turtle Grove Play Park with Dino Dig and Tot Lot, the Horace King Overlook, the Albany Welcome Center, located in the Historic Bridge House and a three-mile Riverwalk Greenway Trail ideal for bike rides. TIP: The Albany Welcome Center offers bicycles for visitors to rent, perfect for a relaxing ride to explore everything downtown Albany has to offer. Each rental bike comes with a helmet, a lock and basket at no extra charge. $10 for 4 hours, $15 for all day.
For more fun activities in Albany, Georgia, pursue longer paths through the Flint River Trails (FlintRiverTrails.org), an expanding project offering an interconnected trail system throughout the City of Albany, Dougherty County, Lee County, the city of Sasser and Terrell County, with over 21 miles of greenway trails, 11 points of water trail access and more than 600 acres of land available for mountain biking and equestrian activities. Run, walk or cycle along the pathway or go off-road on mountain bikes, take a ride by horseback or, on warm days, access the Flint River by canoe or kayak.
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One of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders, Radium Springs Gardens (2501 Radium Springs Road, Albany) pumps 70,000 gallons per minute of clear, 68-degree water from an underground cave. Walk through a courtyard where the former Radium Springs Casino once stood, enjoy foliage-draped hillocks, crystal clear waters and flora both indigenous and exotic. The park features a restored terrace, new sidewalks, a casino garden and gazebos.
After these fun Albany activities, savor a brew at Pretoria Fields Collective (120 Pine Avenue, www.PretoriaFields.com), where the four core beers, as well as seasonally released limited editions available only in the tasting room, offer sudsy sips for everyone. Flights of beers are available to those who have a tough time choosing. The brewery also serves as a community space with something for everyone, a place for gathering old friends and making new friends over a shared enjoyment of craft beer. The outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to toss a game of corn hole or practice your disc golf putt. Indoors, board and card games, as well as an exceptional view of the 30-barrel brew house make for a relaxed ambiance. Field Guides offer free guided tours of the brewery on the top of the hour–just let them know when you order a beer that you’d like to join a tour. Ongoing events, including live music and food trucks round out the experience. Well-behaved children and dogs on leashes are always welcome, too.
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Complete the getaway with a retro experience at Merry Acres Inn (1500 Dawson Road, Albany; MerryAcres.com), with its Southern historic charm. Catch up over cocktails at the Manor House Pub located at the hotel while live music on the hotel’s veranda fills the air with sweet sounds. TIP: Take the inn’s free shuttle to The Catch (2332 Whispering Pines Rd., Albany; Catch.Stewbos.com) for dinner. Start off with the best hush puppies the South has to offer! Order from their oyster bar–eat em’ raw off the shell or baked to perfection. For an unforgettable dining experience, take the complimentary shuttle to another Stewbos favorite, Osteria Italian Restaurant (629 N Westover Boulevard, Albany) where Old World Italian cuisine joins forces with the tried and true Southern hospitality of Albany’s Stebows.