April is an exciting time to be in Augusta, Georgia, for Masters Week! This famous golf tournament brings athletes and spectators from around the world.

When is the Masters Gulf Tournament: This year, the tournament will be held from Monday, April 4th through Sunday, April 10th.

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About the Masters Golf Tournament

Augusta National is widely viewed as the best golf course in the world, so it’s no surprise that an approximated 35,000 ticket-holders attend each of the four days of competition during Masters Week. It is the first of four major golf tournaments of the year, and has been running since 1934. Indeed, the Masters has a charming and interesting history that locals are very proud of.

If you plan to visit Augusta during this exciting time, you will enjoy your experience of Southern hospitality in this golf-lover’s paradise. When you’re not watching your favorite golf stars, you have the unique chance to experience the city of Augusta and all of its attractions. The city plans special events during Master’s Week, including a full moon hike at Phinizy Swamp, a celebration featuring local food at the Mayor’s Masters Reception, a jazz concert and a dance party.

What to do in Augusta

In case you’d like to venture off the beaten path and get a deeper feel for Augusta, though, you’ll find no shortage of activities for people of every age. Start at the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, and experience the serenity of the gentle Savannah River. The river flows right through the heart of Augusta, and you can relax on a swing or a bench by the water, or head to one of many nearby restaurants. On Saturdays between March and December, you can walk through the Augusta Farmer’s Market and enjoy fresh produce and local treats.

Tour the Morris Museum of Art

The Morris Museum of Art is a great place to visit during your stay. Located on the Riverwalk, this small, elegant and stately museum boasts a fine collection of regional, historical and modern pieces. The museum is mainly focused on artists from Georgia and the South, which provides a great opportunity to more deeply understand the history of Augusta and its surrounding areas.

Visit the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

If you want to escape the city during your visit, the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park provides you with the quiet calm of the forests less than ten miles outside Augusta. Take a guided hike in this beautiful, natural setting for only $2 a person, and learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of this area. You can walk through different ecosystems in the same park as you see swamps, forests, and reservoirs. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider visiting the park at sunrise when you can enjoy the inspirational scenery in solitude!

Best Places to Eat in Augusta

Augusta also has great restaurants that you can explore during your stay. Try the Frog Hollow Tavern, which is well-loved by locals and has an extensive and highly-rated wine list. (Do be sure to make a reservation, though, especially during Masters Week!) Get your fix of Southern cuisine at Honey From the Rock, which serves up all your favorite dishes like fried chicken and sweet potato casserole. Or just wander away from the Riverwalk and chances are you’ll find something you like.

Master’s Week is a particularly exciting time to visit Augusta because the city comes alive. Enjoy your time there, and don’t be surprised if you end up deciding to extend your trip!

This article was written by Cathy Trainor.