Athens has been named one of the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations, by College towns such as Athens are a smart choice for affordable fun, with a high level and quality of entertainment at nominal or even FREE admission.  Athens ranks eighth on this list.

Coverage on WXIA 11Alive! reports that their Top 10 list includes "places where friends and families can come together in the pursuit of fun and relaxation without the worry of busting budgets. Cities were ranked by their offering of unique, free activities, both indoors and out, and by the availability of discounts on otherwise pricey attractions."  highlights several top Athens attractions, including the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and the World of Wonder community playground at Southeast Clarke Park.

Athens is also world-renowned for its live music scene, which is not only thriving but is also extremely inexpensive.  The best time of the year to sample the Athens music scene might just be AthFest, with over 150 bands playing over a 4-day weekend on FREE outdoor stages plus in local clubs, accessible with a $15 wristband.   AthFest 2012 is June 20-24.

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