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GUIDE TO ALBANY
Originally inhabited by Native American tribes and later an important location for both riverboat and railroad trading, Albany is located in southwest Georgia. It has ties to music, as the home of music icon Ray Charles, and has a number of colleges and universities. It's also a short drive to two places with ties to American presidents: Plains and Warm Springs. And, of course, Albany continues to have a center of agriculture with you-pick farms open seasonally.
Things to Do
There is no shortage of attractions to enjoy in Albany.
The 700-acre Chehaw Park is South Georgia’s best wildlife attraction, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In addition to the many animal habitats - including camels, meerkats and screech owls - Chehaw has BMX bike trails, frisbee golf and campsites.
Radium Springs Gardens
Named one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders, Radium Springs Gardens has more than 70,000 gallons of natural 68-degree water from an underground spring. A casino once stood on this site, where visitors could play games in between dips in the springs. Today, the site has gardens and gazebos.
Similarly, the Flint RiverQuarium interprets the history of the Flint River, which has a unique ecosystem. The facility has a blue hole spring, more than 100 species and educational lessons for visitors.
Albany Museum of Art
The diverse collection at the Albany Museum of Art has been welcoming visitors for more than 30 years, with works spanning thousands of years of art history. The exhibitions include one of the largest collections of sub-Saharan African art in the Southeast United States. Best of all, it’s free to visit.
Ray Charles Plaza
Pay tribute to Albany’s most famous native son at Ray Charles Plaza, which features a life-size bronze sculpture of him singing at his piano. It lights up and plays his music. The sculpture is located within a park that has a sidewalk designed like piano keys that wind down to the Flint River.
Thronateeska Heritage Center
Thronateeska Heritage Center is three museums for the price of one, including a history museum, science museum and planetarium. Set in a 1913 Union Station depot, the community first repurposed this building in 1974.