Called the “Good Life City,” Albany, Georgia, sits on the bank of the Flint River and also is known as the Pecan Capital of the World. What is not as well known is that it is the birthplace of the late blues legend Ray Charles. When you stay at a hotel in Albany, you can discover your own good life as you explore the many things to see and do, which include:
Start your visit at the 800-acre Parks at Chehaw, a wild-animal preserve and zoo named for the Native American Creek tribe that once lived here and which is now dedicated to conservation, preservation and education. The Wiregrass Express is a small train offering a 20-minute scenic tour of the park March through December. The wild animal park includes a petting zoo and special amphitheater programs. A picnic area and playground will round out the experience for your children.
Check out the Flint Riverquarium where the 175,000-gallon 22-foot deep Blue Hole Spring will amaze your whole family. Explore it from top to bottom through a plethora of discovery points allowing you to observe 120 kinds of fish as well as turtles, alligators and other creatures. The Flint River Gallery features both freshwater and saltwater tanks, plus a live fish hatchery, while Discovery Caverns offers fun games and exhibits for your children.
Albany is the birthplace of the great blues musician, and you will experience his music at the Ray Charles Plaza, where you can see a slowly rotating sculpture of the musician at his piano and listen to his music. The surrounding park and riverwalk are lovely and it makes for a relaxing break in the day or evening stroll.
Surrounding water that is thought to have healing properties, the Radium Springs Gardens includes a cypress swamp, a large spring with terraced gardens and a beautiful park with plenty of trails. One of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders, Radium Springs Garden pumps 70,000 gallons of clear, 68-degree water per minute from an underground cave, and the trace amounts of radium in the spring make the water glow.
Take a day to visit the Thronateeska Heritage Center, which includes a history museum, science museum, rail car display and a 40-foot full-dome HD planetarium system (the first of its kind in the world). While the history museum exhibits are currently closed due to the temporary relocation of administrative offices, the science museum offers visually stimulating and hand-on exhibits in hydrology, archeology, paleontology, physical science and more. The planetarium's newest show, Astronomyths, takes viewers on a tour of stars and constellations before telling the stories that gave them their names.
A visit to the Albany Civil Rights Institute will give you an appreciation of the ordinary people who changed history in southwest Georgia. Experience the civil rights movement through visual, audio and digital technology, and explore the legacy of the people of Albany who fought segregation through nonviolence.
Albany's attractions are diverse and include an aquarium built around a blue hole spring, a wild animal park, information and memorabilia about the 1960s civil rights movement and more. Stay with Choice Hotels in Albany, Georgia, and explore nature, music and history in this beautiful southern city.
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