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Hannah Smith
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Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith is one of the many students who have come to Athens to attend the University of Georgia and never left.  She's loved watching UGA's Performing and Visual Arts Complex and The Classic Center arrive, as well as the growth of the dining and craft brewery scene.

A Family Getaway to Athens

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read but only one page." This quote from St. Augustine has become a guide stone for the Fryars, and they and their young sons embrace new destinations and experiences. Recently, during the coronavirus pandemic, they spent a wonderful weekend in…

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Best Hiking Trails for Families in Athens

Getting out in nature is one of the best bonding experiences a family can have. Athens has so many great nature trails and easy hikes that the whole family can do together. And, as the Valentine family shows in their photos below, you are never too young! Tommy and Laura Valentine have taken…

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Explore the Children's Garden in Athens, GA

The Alice H. Richards Children’s Gardenis one of the newest, and largest, family attractions in Athens. Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Look no further! This immersive and interactive outdoor experience opened in March 2019 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to the delight of children and adults alike! Children can water plants, dig for dinosaur bones, see underneath the soil for how plants grow, and frolic in a forest treehouse. There are gigantic ladybugs to crawl over, water features, fun sculptures, and much, much more…

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The Best Patios in Athens

Athens enjoys great weather, which is key to being able to spend an enjoyable meal al fresco, on a scenic outdoor patio. The ambiance definitely factors intoa perfect culinary experience, and Athens has plenty of ambiance at our restaurants with outdoor patios and dining. Particularly in 2020, we know that people are definitely looking for restaurants with patios for fresh air and open spaces while dining. The atmosphere of a restaurant can make or break it. Add some twinkly lights and idyllic weather, and you've got yourself the perfect location for everything from a family hangout to a romantic first date or anniversary meal. Here are some favorite patios in Athens, GA to dine outdoors. For complete listings, see our outdoor dining page…

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Virtual and Outdoor Athens Experiences

Are you missing Athens right now? Athens sure misses you! We've put together some ideas of things to do in Athens, as well as some Athens virtual experiences while we are social distancing. Just because you can't be in Athens right now doesn't mean you can't pretend! We've got livestreamed concerts and virtual attractions, events and activities designed to keep Athens in your heart while we are apart. Browse below for our list of things to do in Athens while social distancing…

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How to Support Athens Restaurants

Athens has become known for its food scene, particularly our small, local restaurants. These small businesses are touchstones of our community and give our neighborhoods their flavor, both figuratively and literally. While dining rooms are shuttered during the coronavirus epidemic, don't forget that most Athens restaurants ARE still providing delivery and/or takeout. They need customers more than ever, and let's admit it, you're tired of your own cooking by now, anyway…

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How to Support Local Athens Shops and Makers

Athens' shopping landscape is packed with small local businesses that provide the city with an atmosphere that simply can’t be experienced elsewhere. Whether you’re seeking handcrafted goods, local flavor, vintage flair or high-fashion styles, Athens has delivered, and we want to ensure that these…

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How to Support Local Athens Musicians

Social distancing in Athens, Georgia, has meant that the famous music scene and legendary nightclubs have temporarily gone dark. Gigs and concerts are how our musicians earn their living, and we'd like to #SupportAthensOwn and bring attention to several ways you can help support local musicians during these times…

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Athens' Own: Rebecca Wood

Just down the hill from downtown Athens is Rebecca Wood's secret garden: one of America's largest pottery studios, creating ceramics with delicate painted patterns and colors that are her unique creations. The story of how this painter and naturalist came to transform ceramics into everyday beauty for the table and home is one that could happen "only in Athens."…

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