Downtown Albany

In search of the essence of Albany, GA, we visited Welcome Center by the Flint River in Downtown Albany.


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We were pleasantly greeted by a kind woman (everyone in the South, practically, is polite as can be) who directed us toward the complementary sweet tea and coffee.  Our friend Cory insisted we try it.  Seth and I know Coloradoan sweet tea, which is actually called iced tea–tea over ice with just a hint of sweetner–it’s just right when you can barely taste it.  One mouthful of the sweet tea had us almost in a coughing fit; it tasted like one part tea to two parts sugar.  (No wonder the South is the fattest region in the United States–that and the deep frying). 

Cotton Bail
A cotton bale–Albany was a huge exporter of cotton via river steamboat back in the day.

We went upstairs and watched an informative film on Albany which was a nice introduction into the area. 

Most of all, we liked the Ray Charles Memorial, located just south of the Welcome Center. 

Ray Charles Plaza

Ray Charles Plaza

Ray Charles Plaza

Ray Charles Plaza

The walk along the Flint River is also very scenic.  You might even meet a local with a snake!

John Locke lookalike?

Park Downtown

Flint River 

Flint River

Flint River

Park Downtown

Flint River

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