If you are a grandma like me, you may be looking for things to do with the grandkids when you travel. Taking a trip by car with several young kids can be trying, even for the most patient person. I try to look for things to do in cities we may be passing through, just to get off the road for an hour or so, and let the kids walk around, run, get that energy out so the trip will pass by easier for everyone. Here are five fun things to do with grandkids I recently found in Augusta, Georgia that you may like to visit.
One thing that caught my eye about The Playhouse was the Toddler Zone. So many places don’t have a special area just for the little kids. The Toddler Zone gives the littles a place to play without having to compete with bigger kids. A big “thumbs up” to The Playhouse for having this place.
In addition to the Toddler Zone, there is a low impact paintball area for kids 10 & up. Admission includes face mask, chest gear, paintball gum, and unlimited ammo. Contact The Playhouse for prices and waivers.
They have a new 8 lane slot car track that looks like it will be a lot of fun. When I was a kids so many years ago, we had slot car tracks at home. Racing the cars was fun! You have to have a lot of skill not to crash these cars, but even if you crash, it is still fun. I would go to The Playhouse by myself just to play with the slot cars!
There are lots more things to do at The Playhouse. Click here to check them out.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Get out of the car and take a hike! At Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, there are several short trails that would perfect for kids of all ages. The one that looks most appealing to me is the Beaver Dam Trail. The opportunity to see beavers swimming in the creek makes me want to go today! Other animals you might see on this trail are River Otter, Red Shouldered Hawk, Egrets & Herons. Go to their website for more information, and check to see if your travel plans would allow you to go on one of the guided nature hikes.
Patriot Riverboat Tours
Take a tour of the riverfront of Augusta with a narrated tour. From their website:
Patriot Riverboat Tours allows you to see Augusta’s downtown, beautiful riverfront homes, and natural landscapes and wildlife all along the Savannah River. One hour riverboat tours depart Wednesday through Sunday at 3 p.m. from the 10th Street dock located behind the Marriott downtown Augusta, GA. Saturday Sunset Cruises are also available. Check the website for Sunset Cruise departure times. Food and beverages are allowed on-board. Public Tour Rates (Purchase tickets at the boat; cash or check only): 1-Hour Tours are $12. 2-Hour Saturday Sunset Tour are $20. Children Ages 6-12 are $6. Reservations are strongly suggested.
If you are interested in Civil War sites, there are quite a few places in the Augusta area to take a look. The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson offers tours Thursdays-Saturdays on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for Students K-12, and Free for children under age 5.
Take a tour on the Augusta Canal, where you will learn about confederate operations there during the Civil War. Tours depart daily at 1:30 p.m. and cost $14 for adults, $12 senior 60+, student or military.
Evans Towne Center Park
Evans Towne Center Park offers so much for a family to do, with a great playground that includes a splash pad, and shaded picnic areas for picnics. There’s a dog park too, so every member of the family is welcome here. Take a change of clothes for after the splash pad!
There you have it, five fun things to do with grandkids in Augusta.