Music, Theatre & Dance
Albany Symphony Orchestrawww.albanysymphony.org The Albany Symphony Orchestra was established in 1964 and today is one of Georgia’s premier orchestras. The orchestra has a full symphonic subscription series, mostly performed in the historic Albany Municipal Auditorium. The symphony is also available a la carte for special occasions. The Albany Symphony Orchestra has received multiple recognitions for adventurous programming by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publications (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras. The orchestra collaborates with organizations and agencies throughout the region as a way of bringing awareness, through music, to each.
Ray Charles Plazawww.visitalbanyga.com Holding court in the center of the plaza that runs along the Flint River is a life-size sculpture of the pioneering soul musician, and Albany native, Ray Charles seated at a baby grand piano that rests on a rotating pedestal. As Charles’ beloved melodies play at timed intervals, water flows over the pedestal and spills into a reflecting pool at its base. Visitors are encouraged to grab a piano key bench and enjoy the “concert.”
Theatre Albanywww.theatrealbany.com The award-winning Theatre Albany has offered outstanding theatrical performances since its inception in 1932. It is the oldest cultural organization in Albany and one of the most highly regarded in Southwest Georgia. Theatre Albany produces a diverse bill of fare, including popular Broadway plays and musicals, classic dramas, contemporary plays as well as original works. In 1964, Theatre Albany acquired as its permanent residence in the landmark home of Captain John A. Davis. The house-turned-theatre is a white-columned antebellum treasure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ballet Theatre Southhttp://visitalbanyga.com/see/arts/ballet_theater_south Classical ballet, modern ballet and jazz are performed throughout the year at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
Veteran’s Amphitheaterhttp://www.albanygeorgia.biz/attractions/venues2.html Veteran's Park Amphitheatre is a 2,500 seating capacity facility on the bank of the Flint River, adjacent to the Civic Center.
Albany Municipal Auditoriumwww.albanymunicipalauditorium.org The historic Albany Municipal Auditorium was built in 1915 in the heart of downtown Albany. In 1990, after a $4 million renovation, it was reopened with a concert by Albany native Ray Charles. The auditorium, which retains the intricate craftsmanship of its day, is the permanent home of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, one of Georgia’s premier orchestras.
State Theaterhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/The-State-Theater/116295036592 At the State Theater, you can enjoy a rocking concert or rent out the facility for your own celebration.
Albany Welcome Center at the Historic Bridge Housewww.visitalbanyga.com The Albany Welcome Center is a liaison between visitors and all Albany has to offer. Experience the great outdoors, walk through history, and spoil yourself with true Southern charm and hospitality in Southwest Georgia. From first-class accommodations to award-winning museums and attractions to the finest restaurants in Southwest Georgia, you'll find it all in Albany. The experienced staff at the Albany Welcome Center can help you put together a great getaway.
Thronateeska Heritage Center & Wetherbee Planetariumwww.heritagecenter.org Thronateeska Heritage Center’s campus includes a history museum, science museum, rail car display and a 40-foot full dome, high-definition planetarium system, the first of its kind in the world. The museum facilities are housed in historic structures and new construction designed to reflect and retain the railroad heritage of the area. Thronateeska also houses an archives and collections department, which catalogues, stores and cares for all of the collections at Thronateeska and which is open to the public for research purposes.
Albany Civil Rights Institutewww.albanycivilrightsinstitute.org In 1961, crowds gathered at Mount Zion Baptist Church to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders inspire listeners to challenge the systematic oppression of African Americans. Old Mount Zion, built in 1906, is the most important artifact in the new Albany Civil Rights Institute collections. The institute tells the story of the impact of the Southwest Georgia movement on the rest of the world while focusing on the role of the African American church and the freedom music that emerged during this period.
Albany Museum of Artwww.albanymuseum.com The Albany Museum of Art offers more than 20 art exhibitions annually, including its permanent collection exhibits, which include one of the Southeast’s largest collections of Sub-Saharan art outside of a university setting. The museum facility contains a 200-seat auditorium and a classroom for studio arts.
Albany Area Arts Council at Carnegie Librarywww.albanyartscouncil.org The Albany Area Arts Council serves as the umbrella organization for arts agencies and is devoted to promoting arts in the greater Albany area. It is housed in the historic Carnegie Library.
Ritz Cultural Centerhttp://www.albany.ga.us/content/1806/2897/default.aspx Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ritz Cultural Center features an auditorium and stage, exhibit area, workrooms and practice rooms in what was once the historic Ritz Theatre. Programs at the Ritz are designed to expose citizens, especially children, to the fine arts through diversified activities, educational programs and focused exchanges with performing artists and craftsmen. Additionally, the Ritz seeks to enhance the quality of life in the region by encouraging broad-based awareness of, and participation and enjoyment in, the performing and visual arts. The Ritz provides an after-school program, Saturday Enrichment Program and Summer Enrichment Program.
Georgia Artists’ Guildhttp://www.albanyartscouncil.org/arts-organizations.html The Georgia Artists’ Guild is a group of practicing artists dedicated to advancing the standards and awareness of visual arts in the region and throughout Georgia. The guild meets monthly, sponsoring workshops, lectures and demonstrations to area artists.
Nature & Recreation
Chehaw (Wild Animal Park and Zoo)www.chehaw.org With more than 700 acres of pristine conservation land and a wild animal park dedicated to education, Chehaw is a unique attraction in Georgia. It is one of only two accredited zoos in Georgia. From the Wild Animal Park and its 212 specimens to camping to the endless recreational opportunities, including BMX events and a new mountain biking trail, Chehaw has an activity for every visitor. Come see what nature’s playground has to offer you.
RiverFront Walking Trails and Bike Pathhttp://visitalbanyga.com/see/attractions_a-z/see/outdoor/riverfront_park Enjoy the scenic route along the Flint River in downtown Albany on the 3.5-mile RiverFront Walking Trails and Bike Path.
Flint RiverQuarium & Imagination Theatrewww.flintriverquarium.com/ The Flint RiverQuarium follows the Flint River’s amazing 350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Its 175,000-gallon Blue Hole is one of the few open-air aquariums in the world. Get a unique look at Southwest Georgia’s mysterious underwater world with more than 100 species of fish, alligators, turtles and other aquatic animals. The Cypress Pond Aviary is home to more than 30 birds indigenous to the Flint River watershed. The RiverQuarium’s Adventure Center houses changing exhibitions and the Imagination Theater, the area’s only large-screen format theater.
RiverFront Park and Turtle Grove Parkhttp://visitalbanyga.com/see/attractions_a-z/see/outdoor/riverfront_park A six-acre park spread out along the Flint River, RiverFront Park has a beautiful lawn for family picnics and gatherings, music- and light-animated play fountain, pavilion areas, Turtle Grove Play Park with Dino Dig and Tot Lot, the Horace King Overlook, the Albany Welcome Center located in the Historic Bridge House and the 3.5-mile RiverFront Walking Trails and Bike Path.
Turtle Grove Parkwww.visitalbanyga.com Located along the Flint River and the Historic Bridge House, the community-built Turtle Grove Park features seven irresistible areas for children ages 1-14, including: Dino Dig, tot lot, big kid area, critters area, mosaic-tile area, rock-climbing wall, outdoor musical instruments and other static climbing features.
Albany Civic Centerwww.albany.ga.us The largest indoor municipal destination south of Atlanta, the Albany Civic Center is a uniquely designed multi-purpose convention, entertainment, trade show and meeting facility. The Albany Civic Center seats 10,240 people, has 46,000 square feet of exhibit space, 6,000 square feet of meeting space and 2,100 parking spaces. Services include a full-service box with Ticketmaster's computerized system, an in-house advertising agency with group sales and a non-union stage crew.
Albany RiverSkate Parkwww.visitalbanyga.com The Albany RiverSkate Park, with WiFi-enabled PCs, features ramps and obstacles for skateboarders.
College Sportswww.asurams.edu www.darton.edu Whether it’s football you root for or golf is more your game, Albany’s collegiate athletic programs offer all the sports entertainment a fan could ask for.
Albany Marathonhttp://www.albanymarathon.com/ Imagine for a bit a running event that starts and finishes along a gorgeous downtown riverfront and just so happens to be one of the top qualifiers in the country for the premier Boston Marathon. Nice picture, eh? Make it a reality at the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon in Albany, hosted the first Saturday of March. Choose from the half or full marathon, or the one-mile fun run for the kids. The event ties in with the Georgia Cup bike races hosted that same day in Albany. In 2012, the city will host its first sprint triathlon event.
Plantations & Hunting