radium springs is located about three miles south of downtown albany. in the 1920's radium springs had a hotel and spa that was visited by northern visitors. radium springs is the largest spring in the state of georgia and 70,000 gallons of water per minute flow from the spring. radium springs has a unique sapphire blue color and is named after the...more
the famous soul and blues singer ray charles was born in albany in 1930. at riverfront park there is a statue of charles playing the piano. since ray charles was blind the text on the monument is also written in braille. the monument also has speakers so you can hear his music. an interesting monument to visit in riverfront park.more
in recent years the city of albany has made a number of improvements to the downtown area. one of these improvements is the riverfront park. the park has a walking/jogging path along the flint river and a very nice childrens play area. a good place to take in the sights of the scenic flint river.more
the bridge house is a good first stop on a visit to albany. this historic building now houses a tourist information center. in 1857 nelson tift built the bridge house to collect tolls from boats traveling on the flint river. tift hired horace king, a freed slave to build the bridge house. on the second floor of the bridge house tift built a...more
Also in 1857, Colonel Tift had this Bridge House built. One side of the house was occupied by the bridge keeper and the other by Tift. The second floor was made into a theater known as "Tift Hall". The theater was decorated by New York artists and was the most beautiful theater in the state. Many famous performers came here. During the civil war...more
In 1857, Colonel Nelson Tift commissioned a well-known bridge builder and freed slave called Horace of Columbus to build a toll bridge across the Flint River to Albany. The Albany end of the bridge had an archway to welcome visitors to the town. In 2007 a new arch was constructed at the same location across the new bridge. Some people hail it as...more
The city of Albany continues to try and improve the downtown area especially the area around Riverfront Park. One of the additions since I visited in June 2007 is Ray Charles Plaza. Ray Charles was born in Albany but his family moved to Greenville, Florida when he was an infant. Albany made a nice fountain and statue of Ray Charles, seating areas...more
Just South of Albany you can find Radium Springs. Radium Springs has about 70,00 gallons of water per minute coming out of the earth and has a consistant water temperature of 68 degrees. Radium Springs is the largest natural springs in Georgia and are considered one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia. The name comes from the fact that the...more
Chehaw Animal Park is just North of Albany on Highway 91. It has a number of wild animals and displays them in their natural habitat as opposed to cramped cages. It was designed by Jim Fowler of TVs Wild Kingdom. Take a walk down the boardwalks and see the Cypress Swamps and see the Elephants, Black Rhinos, Bald Eagles, Cheetaha, Zebras, etc. There...more
Albany is trying to improve the quality of life in, and the reputation of, the downtown area. One of the things they did was to make Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park has a water spray area and a playground for the kids. A number of the turtle sculptures and an open grassy area by the river. They also sponsored a contest where compamies and...more
I do not have nearly as extensive experience dining in Albany as my fellow VTer Spartan (see his Albany Page); but I agree that Blackbeard's is an excellent restaurant. The portions were huge and the price made it a very good deal. Eight of us had dinner there and we were all very pleased. Our waitress was efficient and attentive. If I need to eat...more
I was out running some errands and decided to stop for lunch. There was a Hooters across the street. For anyone who is not acquainted with Hooters it is known for good food and attractive young waitresses in Tank Tops that say Hooters and bright orange short shorts. This was a typical Hooters with wood interior, beer signs, and the cute waitresses....more
Yes. this may be a chain restaurant but the service and food is excellent, regardless of the location. You can't go wrong if you select the Rockhampton Rib-Eye (a 14-ounce Rib-Eye steak) or the Ayers Rock Strip (a 14-ounce New York Strip) which both come with bread/butter, salad, and your choice of rice, baked potato or veggies.more
Nice restaurant in an out of the way location serving great food at excellent prices. Try the Chicken Wings (with either mild, medium, hot or "Mule/kick yo butt hot") or the Fried Chicken Fingers Platter that comes with macaroni and cheese, green beans and potatoes, corn bread and rolls.more
This seems to be a popular hangout where locals and visitors congregate. Good food, happy customers and a lively atmosphere make this a place to visit. Take your pick of one of the following entrees...Seasoned Boiled Shrimp (with dipping butter), baked potato, cole slaw and hush puppies, or Fried Alligator (with hush puppies, cole slaw and a baked...more
Definitely go for the hot chicken wings (with celery and either ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce). This is your typical sports bar but with southern hospitality service. There is karoke for those of you who want to sing, the video games you can play at your table against others in the bar, and a nice friendly atmosphere.
Dress Code: Very casual
The best and easiest way to get to Albany, GA is by plane. The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (in Albany) is served by ASA (the Delta Connection) out of Atlanta. There are 9 scheduled flights per day except for Saturday and Sunday (only 8 flights scheduled).
Avoid the South side of Albany, and don't wonder needlessly around East Albany. Crime is not restricted to these locations but is most prevalent here. North and West Albany are pretty safe if you use common sense.
a very interesting side trip from albany is providence canyon state park. providence canyon is nicknamed georgia's "little grand canyon" and was formed by erosion as a result of poor farming practices in the 1800's. providence canyon is one of the natural wonders of the southeastern united states. providence canyon state park offers camping, hiking, and backpacking. see the attached web site for more information.
providence canyon is a hour drive north of albany. from downtown albany take US 82 west to GA 520 past dawson georgia, at weston georgia go west on CR 148 to lumpkin. providence canyon state park is seven miles west of lumpkin on GA 39C.
I hope you never have any reason to go here because it probably means you have some trouble; but here is the new Police Headquarters in Albany. It is also an indication of the improvements they are trying to make.
Fondest memory: I have family here. Of course my fondest memories are of them. As for the town itself; Riverfront Park is nice and I really enjoyed the food at Blackbeards. People watching at the mall is cool too.