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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Great boat ride

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
LeanAmKindle
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank LeanAmKindle
Columbia, South Carolina
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Yonkers, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. More 

Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place to bring the kids and learn about the history of the canal and the Munitions industry for the civil war. Historical trip on the canal.

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The staff is very friendly and there is a cute lil' gift shop too. The place has interesting things to view and it is in a beautiful industrial setting. Taking a canal cruise is a must!

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The discovery center is an interactive museum. You can get a real sense of the growth of the cotton industry and life in the area throughout the 19th century. Also very interesting to learn about the black powder plant that produced 3,000,000 pounds of black powder for the confederacy.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Canal Discovery Center is very interesting and very well presented. I highly recommend visiting this center. Do not miss this piece of history in Augusta. Outstanding!!!

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Kingsport TN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is located in an old textile mill and gives a good review of the building of the canal and the business that the canal brought to Augusta. It also speaks to the hardships of those people who worked in the mill. Most of the textile industry has gone from the US to sweatshops overseas, but this gives a glimpse... More 

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Mansfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were walk on riders, but they do recommend reservations. The cost was $10 per adult. The cruise was one hour long. The narrator gave us lots of historical facts. We saw some wildlife including different varieties of turtles, a water moccasin, blue heron, fish, and other birds. They had umbrellas aboard the boat to shade us from the hot... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a must see while in Augusta. This exhibit is a real walk through the time line and history of the area. Much of the history of the canal can't be seen except from the canal. The tour guides are exceptional in their knowledge of times & events and make it a fun adventure for all.

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1 Thank Anne M
RebeccaBR54, Public Relations Manager at Augusta Canal Discovery Center, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Our tour guides appreciate the shout-out, too. More 

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