The 10 Best Things to Do in Athens, United States

November 6, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

In the sweltering Georgia heat, no place is as cool as Athens. This hip college town is home to the University of Georgia, Pulitzer Prize winning authors and famous rock musicians. Explore the downtown area, where Victorian buildings are filled with an eclectic combination of independent coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Named "Live Music Central," Athens' busy music venues are known around the world. Check out The 40 Watt Club, where The B-52s and R.E.M got their start.
Restaurants in Athens

1. Sanford Stadium

110 Field Ave, Athens, GA 30606-3675 706-542-a9036
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 309 reviews

Sanford Stadium

Reviewed By Spamky17 - Marietta, Georgia

Best damn place to watch the dogs play between the hedges crowd gets a rocking and the dogs get a winning

2. State Botanical Garden of Georgia

2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605-1674 +1 706-542-1244
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This 313-acre preserve is used by the University of Georgia as a horticulture laboratory and is open to the public.

Reviewed By Sarah R - West Palm Beach, Florida

Made a brief visit for the first time over the weekend. Looking forward to going back when more is in bloom. It was a Sunday morning so the visitor center was not open yet. We enjoyed our time walking around. Beautiful place to walk and get some fresh air.

3. Bear Hollow Zoo

293 Gran Ellen Dr, Athens, GA 30606-4968 +1 706-613-3580
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

Bear Hollow Zoo

Reviewed By chrisbur - Watkinsville, Georgia

We love going here - it is a convenient place to spend 30 minutes with a toddler or older children. And it's free! Sometimes I pop over on my lunch hour for a bit of quiet and nature. It's in a wooded setting, with about...MoreThank you so much for your review!

4. Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602-1502 +1 706-542-4662
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art is the official state museum of art, is located on the University of Georgia campus, and admission is free. The museum presents works from the permanent collection as well as frequent temporary exhibitions from other institutions or generated in-house. Educational programming includes tours, a monthly family day, teen studios, films series and lectures. Four research centers, a library, a vibrant student internship program and course work provide additional educational benefits and opportunities for scholarship and research. Quarterly receptions, student night and DJ parties combine socializing with art appreciation. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. Ike & Jane Café at the Georgia Museum of Art: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The museum is closed on major US holidays. Mission statement: The Georgia Museum of Art shares the mission of the University of Georgia to support and to promote teaching, research, and service. Specifically, as a repository and educational instrument of the visual arts, the museum exists to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art.

Reviewed By KimMac1 - Seattle, Washington

We toured the current exhibition, ” Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris” in September, the night before the grand opening. Though neither of us are true art aficionados, we both thoroughly enjoyed all her work on display! There are several self- portraits, and European...MoreSo nice to hear how you enjoyed this unknown artist. We'll share your comments with the artist's daughter. And yes, the exhibition "Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris" will run through Dec. 10, 2017. Thank you for your review.

5. Downtown Athens

Athens, GA
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Downtown Athens

Reviewed By K101070

There is not a lot of shopping in the evenings, mostly bars but it's nice to take a stroll after dinner. There are a few very nice restaurants worth the visit.

6. Sandy Creek Nature Center

205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607-1011 +1 706-613-3615
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Sandy Creek Nature Center

The nature center is a facility of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services and partners with Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc., a non-profit support group. This 225- acre wildlife sanctuary includes over 4 miles of nature trails, providing access to a variety of habitats typical of the Georgia piedmont: river floodplains, wetlands, upland pine and hardwood forests, fields, ponds, and streams. In 2012, Sandy Creek Nature Center completed a major expansion funded by SPLOST and community partnership dollars. Over 4,000 square feet were added to the Education & Visitor Center, including new exhibits and a planetarium. Sandy Creek Nature Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Property and trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

Reviewed By FredL757 - Athens, Georgia

We visited with the grandchildren and toured the animal exhibit -- mainly fish, turtles and snakes. The display was well done and is educational, especially regarding soil, water and energy. We walked a trail and went to the site of the old brick factory. It was a nice walk on a hot day.

7. The Georgia Theatre

215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601-2741 +1 706-850-7670
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

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Reviewed By love2bncharleston - North Carolina

This was our first concert at the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens. We really enjoyed the show and the intimate atmosphere of the theatre. The concert was sold out (general admission) so the place was packed. It is standing room only, with a few tables & barstools in the balcony. We will definitely return to the Georgia Theatre for more concerts.

8. Creature Comforts Brewing Co

271 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2727 +1 706-419-1043
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Creature Comforts Brewing Co

Reviewed By John R - Athens, Georgia

I love the interior of this place, spacious and modern without much clutter, and the beers are pretty good overall, with some being very good and others downright unappetizing or tasteless.

Their Bibo Pilsner was excellent version of a pils, with the floral Czech hops and bread notes that typically identify the style, and the Fulcrum Dry-Hopped Pilsner was a wonderful departure from the style. I'd highly recommend both, as well as their signature Tropicalia American IPA.

The Galactic Space Circus was not my thing. The creamy mouthfeel in combination with what I assume is the papaya they mention gave me the distinct impression of drinking liquid mayonnaise. As for the Athena Berliner Weisse, it suffers from the same malady it seems a lot of American attempts at this style suffer from: a sense of being watered down, as if the flavor of the German template got lost in translation. Still, I will definitely be buying more of their beers because on the whole they make some great ones. And even though I did not enjoy the Galactic Circus, I gotta give them credit for boldness and experimentation. I'm sure there are other cases where the experimenting pays off, and I can't wait to find that out.

Concerning the tasting room, well, it was a nice place but far too crowded for my liking.

My suggestion is that you should definitely give Creature Comforts a shot. If you're like me and large crowds make you antsy, come early on a warm day, get your pint or flight and sit outside, have your drinks, and move on before the rush.

By the way, if you know you're not staying long, pay at once instead of opening a tab or else you may get caught in the crowd when trying to settle the bill.

9. Sandy Creek Park

400 Bob Holman Rd, Athens, GA 30607-1008 +1 706-613-3631
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Sandy Creek Park

Reviewed By CBGeorgia - Jefferson, Georgia

This park is a great resource for locals. I've taken my kids there for swimming and playground fun. I've also gone for hiking. Most recently my bird club lures me there with easy bird watching. Some people bring their dogs, but I'm not sure what the rules are for that.

10. Athens Welcome Center

280 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601-2611 +1 706-353-1820
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Athens Welcome Center

Reviewed By cordyroy - Naples, Florida

Nice visitors center with parking in the center of town. Added bonus is the Church-Waddel-Brumby House. Possibly the oldest house in Athens. Sparsely furnished in a Federal Style and well kept.

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