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 hip 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.
Situated just below the foothills of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, 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.
Find some space and a breath of fresh air at Athens, GA parks, which offer fishing, kayaking, walking, biking, skating, hiking and picnicking opportunities. Don't miss the State Botanical Gardens and it's magical Children's Garden.
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. Beachwood 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.
Visit Athens, GA
Whether you’re planning a family-friendly adventure, looking for free things to do or searching for pet-friendly accommodations and activities, Athens has you covered. Check out our tours and itineraries for expert advice, or get an insider look into Athens, GA with the Athens Visitors Guide. For further inquiries, please contact Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau online or by phone at 706-357-4430.