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Augusta Canal Discovery Center

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Address: 1450 Greene St, Suite 400, Augusta, GA 30901-5200 (Formerly Augusta Canal Interpretive Center)
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+1 706-823-0440
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Guided canal boat tours depart daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery...

Guided canal boat tours depart daily from the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, an interactive interpretive museum that tells the history of Augusta's 1845 canal and industrial revolution in the American South. Housed in a 19th century cotton mill. Gift shop on site.

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It is not a destination place where you'd drive hours just to visit, but if you are in town it is well worth a visit. Nicely done and very interesting to learn about the history... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Kevin K
Augusta, Georgia
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Augusta, Georgia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

It is not a destination place where you'd drive hours just to visit, but if you are in town it is well worth a visit. Nicely done and very interesting to learn about the history of Augusta and why the town even exists where it is. I have been to the center several times hosting out of town visitors, yet... More 

Thank Kevin K
Evans, Ga
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Need to spend some time walking through this museum and it has some very interesting exhibits. It also has some great gifts options at their museum store

Thank tleeEvans
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

I took my high school history students here as part of a downtown field trip. The staff were friendly and the place is set up for safe wandering and some hands on activities.

1 Thank Patricia S
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Took the Heritage Boat Tour this past weekend and it was pretty cool. The speaker was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It lasted about an hour and we even got to see a swamp otter. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride, the weather was outstanding. A lot of history on the canal and I believe you get to... More 

1 Thank platinumice4sho
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The rich history of Augusta Georgia can be viewed from the eyes of the toir guide. We went on this trip down the canal and saw the rich history of Augusta Georgia. You can bring food and wine. You will love the experience.

Thank AJRButlerPhd
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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This was the first week that the Petersburg boats had been moved back from the headwaters to the Enterprise Mill. The canal had been drained for repair, and the full boat tour could not be made. This was because the water passage through a bridge was partially blocked. Still, the tour guide and museum were wonderfully informative.

Thank Sean B
RebeccaBR54, Public Relations Manager at Augusta Canal Discovery Center, responded to this review

Glad you could take our tour. Thanks for understanding about the shorter trip. More 

Augusta, Georgia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is a wonderful center for all ages to learn more about many facets of the history of Augusta, the canal, cotton and textile industries. Many hands on exhibits, a film, etc. It is located in a repurposed Textile mill. You can pay extra for a boat ride on the Canal. I've been there for school field trips. We always... More 

Thank Ruth G
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

We really enjoyed our ride on the canal! Make sure to bring plenty of cold water and an umbrella on a hot day to block out the sun. Try to go on a cooler day if at all possible.

Thank LeanAmKindle
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

If you're going to look at the history of Augusta, this is a must. It's fun, and you get to go through history and learn a lot about the city.

Thank vfdeese2
Yonkers, New York
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you get the chance take the river cruise! It's fantastic! The museum is quaint and well taken care of. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area

Thank Koozden
RebeccaBR54, Public Relations Manager at Augusta Canal Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. More 

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