When summer arrives and the students head home, Milledgeville may seem empty and bland. However, hidden beneath the summer haze and construction tarps is a multitude of fun activities to keep your summer occupied; you just have to know who to ask.
Kaitlin Bryan, a junior mass communication major, suggests checking out the antique store and thrift shops downtown without the crowd.
“It’s a really different vibe in Milledgeville when all the students are gone; it’s a cool time, really peaceful,” said Bryan, a resident of Milledgeville for the past three years.
Auntie Bellum’s Attic, an antique shop,just moved to a new location on Hancock street next to e Local Yolkal. For low prices you can find vinyl records, vintage clothes and oddities such as Central State merchandise.
If Auntie Bellum’s Attic doesn’t fit your fancy for vintage clothing, just around the corner is the thrift store, Miles of Styles, on Wayne street, which frequently has sales and a tiny Pomeranian named Harlee.
If the great outdoors are more your scene, Mi ly has a lot to offer, the first activity being spend a day at Lake Sinclair.
“The lake is definitely a good go-to,” said Dane Pinney, a freshman mass communication major who has lived in Milledgeville since 2007. “Your first thing should be find a friend with a lake house.”
Even if you can’t nd a friend with a lake house, Lake Sinclair has plenty of public beaches. One of these public beaches can be found on Goat Island, residing in the northern part of the lake. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen for you and plenty of bread for the goats.
Milledgeville local Caleb Fields, a freshman environmental science major, suggests another use for Lake Sinclair: front row seats for the Fourth of July.
“A lot of people shoot off reworks out on the lake. If you’re here for the Fourth of July, that’s something I’d definitely recommend; see if you can make friends with someone who owns a boat and get out on the water to see it. It’s the best view of the reworks in Milledgeville,” Fields said.
If the water isn’t really your speed, Bryan also suggests taking an ENO hammock out to Bartram Forest and reading a book with the leaves above to keep you cool. Bartram forest is located about 15 minutes away from the GC campus on Irwinton road.
However, if you love Lake Sinclair and Batram Forest and just can’t decide between them, the Oconee River Greenway offers the best of both worlds. Complete with walking trails, a dog park and the river, itself, the Greenway has something to o er everyone.
“Last summer, I went with some friends and oated down the Greenway and that was really, really fun,” Bryan said.
A final option of fun summer activities in Milledgeville, the Visitor’s Center recommends Lockerly Arboretum. Also located on Irwinton road, Lockerly consists of hiking trails through 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a grand Antebellum home affectionately called “Rose Hill.” the best part? It’s free.
Infographic by Angie Yones | Art Director