THINGS TO DO IN DECATUR COUNTY
Brown¬† Bag concerts are often held in Willis Park in downtown Bainbridge
There is plenty to do in Bainbridge and Decatur County and the surrounding area to keep you and your family busy throughout the year. Whether you like attending festivals, enjoying nature, enjoying the arts, listening to live music, playing sports, or outdoor activities, there is enough to fill up just about every weekend of the year.
For a detailed description of the festivals listed below, visit our Festivals and Events page.
- Rattlesnake Roundup
- Dogwood Festival
- Mayhaw Festival
- Rose Festival and Parade
- Rivertown Days
- Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair
- Mule Day
- Swine Time
Celebrations, Tours, Arts and Parades
In addition to the many festivals in the area, there are celebrations throughout the year designed for the public. Just take a look at the some of experiences waiting for you:
- July 4th Celebration
- Holiday Open House
- Bainbridge High School Homecoming & Homecoming Parade
- Christmas Parade
- Christmas Eve¬†Caroling at Willis Park
- Heritage Tour of Homes
- Brown Bag Concerts in Willis Park
- River Music Series
- Bainbridge Little Theatre
- Firehouse Gallery
Are You a Hunter?
Bainbridge and Decatur County, Georgia is home to some of the best hunting areas in the Southeastern United States. There is an abundant supply of wildlife, all carefully managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and its Fish and Wildlife Division. Choose from the many different types of wildlife available when you plan your next hunt, such as white tail deer, turkey, duck, quail, dove, squirrel, and rabbit.
Hunting is considered a vital recreational activity for many in Bainbridge and Decatur County. The DNR has recently acquired¬†the Silver Lake and Hog Farm tract¬†formerly part of International Paper's Southland Research Facility. For more infomration on the new SIlver Lake Wildlife Management¬†Area, go to the DNR Web site.
Photos of Silver Lake WMA, managed by Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
Like to Read?
The Gilbert H. Gragg Memorial Library at 229-248-2665, is located¬†the corner of Shotwell and Monroe streets, serves as the headquarters for the tri-county Southwest Georgia Regional Library System. Open six days a week, the library houses a collection of over 140,000 volumes, including adult fiction and non-fiction books, books for children and young adults, large print books, paperbacks, magazines, newspapers, CDs, and videos. The library also serves as a sub-regional library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for 11 Southwest Georgia counties. The Southwest Georgia Regional Library is a member of the PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) network that includes 34 regional and single county public libraries and more than 300 individual libraries.
There are computer workstations available for public use. Residents of the tri-county region also have access to home e-mail and Internet through five library phone lines.
Children can enjoy four regularly scheduled story times each week. In addition, groups, including schools, can schedule special story times by contacting the children's librarian. The library also has a Bookmobile that travels rural roads in three counties and provides audio books, CD's, and videos to nursing homes, day care centers, and churches.
Softball, Football, Tennis, Golf, Bowling and more ...
Bainbridge's Leisure Services Department offers a wide variety of activities in addition to the accessible parks. Coming soon at Earle May Boat Basin, located off of the Shotwell Street and Hwy. 97 South connector are new boat ramps and launches being created through the "Go Fish" initiative¬†approved during¬†Gov. Sonny Perdue's tenure in 2007.
The local YMCA¬†offers¬†youth athletic¬†programs, a public bowling alley¬†and a pool for YMCA members while the City of Bainbridge maintains an excellent public pool at the Potter Street Community Center. For serious swimmers, the new Aquatic Center offers eight lanes for practice or competition and a designated diving well. For those who want to just have fun, there is a tall, twisting 140 foot long Spiral Speed Slide.
Statewide tennis tournaments, as well as baseball, softball, soccer, and flag football for all ages are also a big part of life in Decatur County. From tee-ball to young adult leagues, you're sure to be able to find the right league for you.
Are you a golfer? Golf enthusiasts¬†in Decatur County¬†will discover¬†two golf courses located in the community. The privately owned Bainbridge Country Club features an 18 hole golf course, four lighted tennis courts, swimming pool, club house and a pro shop. An 18-hole public course, The Pines Golf Course, (229) 246-8545, is funded by Decatur County and managed by Roland Hebert,.¬†This beautiful newly refurbished course¬†is located on Davis Drive off Highway 27 North at the Decatur County Industrial Park.