Port Bainbridge offers the beauty and grace of America's Old South. This progressive community has many opportunities for recreation and cultural activities. With great shops downtown, beautiful parks, and many historic buildings and homes, Port Bainbridge blends the charm of the past with modern lifestyles and conveniences.
Port Bainbridge has a humid subtropical climate characterized by long hot summers and short mild winters. Temperatures range from an average 32°C (92°F) in July and August to an average low of about 3°C (37°F) in January. October through December are the driest months, while rainfall is fairly evenly distributed the rest of the year; however, more rain falls in July than in any other month.
Visitors to Port Bainbridge will enjoy the Earl May Boat Basin and Cheney Griffin Park. Located on the Flint River, the combined Boat Basin and Park offer a wide range of opportunities for outdoor lovers. The 500-acre park offers beautiful views of the river, a nature trail boardwalk, picnic areas, a playground, a train museum, and a visitors center. There are freshwater beach and a beach bath house as well as several boat ramps and a great fishing pier.
Campers will find ample opportunities to camp on the river in and around Port Bainbridge. The entrance to the ten campsites is in the Earl May Boat Basin. Some of the campsites have view of the water. All campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis, and the fee is $14 per night. Campers have access to public restrooms with showers and a dump station.
Lake Seminole is one of the greatest places to fish for bass in the US. It also offers rewarding fishing for catfish, bream, crappy, and striped bass. Located about 32 kilometers (20 miles) downriver from Port Bainbridge, Lake Seminole offers boating, water skiing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. There are several marinas on Lake Seminole as well. The US Army Corps of Engineers operates ten day-use parks around Lake Seminole where people can enjoy the lake and the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers. Both bank and boat fishing are popular. In fact, legendary fisherman Jack Wingate makes Lake Seminole his home.
Seminole State Park is about 37 kilometers (23 miles) west of Port Bainbridge on State Highway 253. Covering 604 acres, Seminole State Park has cottages and campsites, picnic facilities, areas for swimming and skiing, fishing docks, boat ramps, and a miniature golf course. Georgia's only native tortoise, the gopher turtle, inhabits the borders of a 3.5 kilometer (2.2 mile) nature trail in the park. Visitors to the park can rent bicycles and canoes, and the park offers summer nature programs and weekend hayrides.
At the heart of Port Bainbridge's downtown is Willis Park, a garden-style park with a beautiful Victorian gazebo and a peaceful fountain. Lined with antique shops and boutiques, Willis Park is a popular gathering place for locals and the site of many community holiday festivities. The popular Downtown Market is held on the first Saturday of every month in Willis Park.