Things to Do in Athens, GA

Home to the University of Georgia, a storied music scene, critically-acclaimed restaurants, and a full range of can’t-miss attractions, Athens, GA is a vibrant college town immersed in Southern charm. Whether you’re stopping by for a weekend or planning an extended stay, there’s plenty to do in this Georgia town just an hour outside of Atlanta. Browse by neighborhood to find Athens activities and attractions near you.

Athens Attractions

Athens is known for its eclectic mix of Southern heritage, modern attractions and a vibrant arts scene.  As you’re out and about in Athens, make sure to view the dozens of bulldog statues located throughout the town. For art aficionados, the Georgia Museum of Art is a must-see, and there are numerous Downtown galleries and boutiques that put local artists’ works on display.

Outdoor Recreation

There are plenty of things to do outdoors in Athens. Here are some top ideas:

Shopping, Spas and Salons

  • Athens shopping offers a blend of specialty shops, artist studios, and national retailers.
  • Plan a trip to the restored, Victorian-era Downtown Athens, Five Points or Prince Avenue/Normaltown for unique, eclectic shops selling the finest fashions, antiques, jewelry, and more.
  • Beechwood is home to both major department stores and local retailers, as well as a movie theater and specialty shops.
  • For a refreshing, relaxing experience, check out Athens spas and salons.

Craft Your Perfect Visit to Athens

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Check out our tours and itineraries for expert advice, or get an insider look into Athens, GA with the Athens Visitors Guide.

Top Athens Attractions