Welcome to the Riverside City of Albany, the only incorporated city of Dougherty County. This beautiful city is one of the most populated and most modern cities in Georgia. It’s really blessed abundantly with natural beauty and has a lot of parks and garden. Historical areas like museums also are in abundance. Having a pleasant climate throughout the year, with summers being a bit on the hotter side, but the winters are cool and mild, making it the perfect vacay spot!
Observe marine life at the Flint RiverQuarium
Imagine a 5000 meter square aquarium situated on the banks of a river where you can witness sea animals in their natural habitats. . This is exactly the concept behind the RiverQquarium opened in 2004. This huge aquarium houses many different marine life and other species. It is a beautifully blended ecosystem based in both freshwater and saltwater reefs. Start your visit by visiting the Flint River gallery, where both freshwater and saltwater fishes can be seen. Another special highlight here is the live fish hatchery.
There are also caverns and caves in the Discovery Caverns area. Another area is the World of water where rivers from around the world and their similarities to the Flint River are showcased. Alligators are housed inside the spring run Creek and the traveling exhibits are housed at the adventure center. The Cypress pond area it is an extremely special area where migratory birds they visit and are showcased.
Meet live animals at Chehak Park
Another huge Wildlife Park is the Chehak Park, which has been established since 1937. It was designed by the famous naturalist Jim Fowler. It is another example of a park which is housed in natural habitats such as Cypress swamps.
Most of the exhibits here are all endangered species or endemic species such as the rhinoceros, Cheetah black and white colobus monkeys, bears, zebras, bison, Bobcat, Bactrian camel and lemur. It also exhibit a variety of birds such as Ibis, flamingos, by eagles, and ostriches. Another playful area is Ben's barnyard where visitors can actually interact in the natural habitats, such as climbing onto a Bald
Eagle's Nest. This park also houses alligators
If you are visiting with kids, then do not forget to take the 20 minute Wiregrass Express which is the Zoo’s train. Also, if you're planning the vacation in March through November then you can opt for the jungle Safari, which is in a covered trailer.
Look at the planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center
One of the only few places in the world with a 40 inch full dome HD planetarium system is this beautiful Heritage Center focusing on preserving the history and science in southwest of Georgia. The Thronateeska Heritage Center includes a history museum, a science museum and the planetarium mentioned above. It also has a rail car display, where various exhibits are kept.
The word Thronateeska itself is derived from the Native American language and means a village near the Flint River. It is a great place to visit if you are going out with your kids who are in middle school or high school with a keen scientific eye since it provides a variety of useful information.
Learn about civil rights history at the Albany Civil Rights Museum
It showcases and highlights the struggles of the people who fought during the Civil Rights Movement with all their sweat and blood. A special area has been dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. The best part is you can complete the tour along with looking at all the exhibits in about 1.5 hours. A special experience is to watch the short film which is very beautifully made and inspiring as well. Moreover, the staff is very warm and friendly and they're excellent guides. There is also a church located here where you can pray at the altar.
Art connoisseurs rush to Albany Museum of Art
Founded in 1964, this museum has seen a lot of places and a lot of changes during its entire tenure. It is today a huge museum with the store, a 200 seat auditorium, a children's gallery alongside six other gallery spaces, as well as a classroom.
What makes the collection special is that there are traditional African art alongside some typical American and European paintings from the 19th and 20th century. It has as many as 200 artworks on display. A large collection of sub Saharan art also includes collections like masks, pottery, baskets and sculptures on display. The American and European collections mainly consists of artworks and paintings and sculptures.
Kayaking at Turtle Grove Park
Situated on the Flint River is this wonderful little park, which is a hit among toddlers and kids. There is a play area which is designed for different ages.
An alligator Park is also made where little kids can play with stone alligators. The Riverfront trail is very beautiful to look at and makes for a small hike. You can also do fishing. A dirt bike trail is also available. The jungle gym in the playground is very big and fun. Thus this family friendly place is great if you're planning a family vacation.
Picnicking at Riverfront Park
Spread over a huge area of six acres is another Riverside Park called the Riverfront Park. There is a Riverwalk here which is about 2.4 miles long where you can take a peaceful and calming walk. The turtle Grove Park mentioned above is located inside this campus itself. There is also the historic bridge house located nearby.
The lawn is huge and beautiful, filled with lush green grass and makes for a great picnic spot. There are walking trails available too. So you can take a peaceful stroll and clear your mind.
Look at the natural beauty at Radium Springs Garden
The bountiful natural spring here throws as much as 70,000 gallons of water into the river every minute. This makes for opulent, natural beauty due to the sheer magnitude at which the water is thrown. There is also a terrace and various small gardens inside the huge garden. A tree filled Park is also another resting spot.
Picnicking at the Tift Park
Another beautiful park in the long list of parks in Albany is the Tift Park, which is the city's oldest Park. Established in 1908, the garden is one of the many emotional memorable spots for all those who grew up here. The children's playground has a lot of swings and slides in various shapes and sizes. The walking paths are a hot favorite among daily walkers and joggers.
The lawns are lush and green and pretty, making it the perfect picnic spot. So pack some sandwiches and cola and have a great fun lunch day. The community market hosted here every Saturday is also one of the major local attractions. Since you can buy a lot of fresh organic produce at really relatively low prices, the crowds throng here on Saturdays. There are also jewelry and other artifacts on display at the market.
Fun family time at All American Fun Park
The best feature of this fun park are the mini golf courses. Another top attraction is go karting. There is also a little arcade area where there are a lot of play machines installed. Other than those there are other fun things such as bowling, blaster boats, and video games. The All American Fun Park is a top recommendation by most tourists.
Learn about beer making at Pretoria Fields
Brewing beer is an art of perfection and Pretoria fields is a master at this art. A unique blend of farmers and brewers coming together to produce the highest quality beer is what makes Pretoria field special.
You can take a tour through the farms where the breweries are constructed. The tasting room is well built and a variety of beer tasting events are conducted here.
There is also a disc golf and a corn hole located or you can also opt to play indoors with some relaxing board games and card games. It's the perfect place to chill if you're out on a vacation with friends.
Enjoy a theatrical performance at Theater Albany
A cultural landmark of the city is the classical Theater Albany. It has a huge seating capacity of 314 people at a time and the building architecture is extremely beautiful. There are white columns and the theme of architecture is antebellum architecture. It hosts a variety of theatrical events such as plays, dramas, and musicals. Purchase a ticket to have a fun evening with your date.
Get your mind racing at the Race 2 Escape
One of the most challenging and fun things to do while out on vacation is to visit an escape room. The Race 2 Escape is another perfectly planned escape room when you're trapped inside and you need to come out using your brains in a specific time. There are various levels and you can opt as per your preference for a beginner or a pro level. The rooms are all set in different themes and there are 3 choices making it an awesome experience. This one is another great activity to enjoy if you're out on a vacation with friends, as it makes for a great team building experience.
Shop till you drop at Albany Mall
The incredible experience of shopping is best had at a mall, where you can buy a variety of stuff from clothes and books to electronics, shoes and jewelry. The Albany mall is the eclectic mix of traditional and modern stores. Shopping stores include Belk, Dillard’s, and JC Penney. If you feel hungry as you go about binge shopping, you can also visit the Brick oven Pizzeria for a great wood fired pizza or you can go to the Wing Dixie and Deli.
Tour the Ray Charles Memorial
If you are a huge fan of Ray Charles, then do not forget to visit the Ray Charles memorial to look at a realistic life size statue of Ray Charles. A famous songwriter and singer he's considered as one of the pioneers of the genre of soul music.
This park is built to honor his life and his immense and significant contribution to the world of music. The life size statue is made of bronze and shows him in a seated position in front of a piano and singing. The sidewalks are built in the style of a piano, where you can take a walk. Take a leisurely stroll among the benches and spend some time with yourself as you listen to some soulful music.
Try Vietnamese cuisine at Viet Pho
When out on vacation, most of us get bored with eating the typical fare. So you can try some traditional Vietnamese food at Viet Pho. With a variety of starters and main course dishes made to serve your foodie belly, make sure that you visit this restaurant on an appetite.
Some of the dishes available are spring rolls, noodle soups and buns. Pair it up with one of the many homemade drinks for the perfect meal. The staff is warm and friendly and so is the ambience.
Bowling at Albany Strikers
This one is another great place to visit if you're out with friends vacationing. With as many as 24 bowling lanes get your competitive spirits high beforehand.
The Bowling Center is visited by many tourists and locals alike and is a hot favorite among the youngsters. It also houses pool tables and the on center cafe also serves very delicious fast food like hot dogs, hamburgers and fries.
Groove to some music at Charlie B’s Sport Bar and Grill
Chilling with friends with a drink and grooving to beats is one of the many perks of vacationing. The sport Bar and Grill is the perfect spot for the youth where you can enjoy a few drinks and have an amazing night dancing to some great music.
The prices are not very high, and the bar kitchen serves great authentic American food. The crowd is great too and the service is warm and friendly.