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.
There are plenty of things to do outdoors in Athens. Here are some top ideas:
- Find some space and a breath of fresh air at Athens, GA parks.
- Spots like
- Sandy Creek Park,
- Sandy Creek Nature Center,
- Walker Park and the
- Oconee Rivers Greenway, offers fishing, kayaking, walking, biking, skating, hiking and picnicking opportunities.
- Bike the Firefly Trail
- Don't miss the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and its magical Children's Garden.
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.
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 and Georgia Square Mall are home to both major department stores and local retailers, as well as theaters and specialty shops. For a refreshing, relaxing experience, check out Athens spas and salons.
Craft Your Perfect Visit to Athens
Athens has you covered, whether you’re:
- planning a family-friendly adventure,
- looking for free things to do or
- searching for pet-friendly accommodations and activities
Check out our tours and itineraries for expert advice, or get an insider look into Athens, GA with the Athens Visitors Guide.