Top 8 Things to do in Athens, United States

December 31, 2017 Christa Meece

Athens is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. It is the county seat of McMinn County and the principal city of the Athens Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Chattanooga-Cleveland-Athens Combined Statistical Area. The city is located almost equadistantly between the major cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga. The population was 13,220 at the 2000 census and 13,458 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Athens

1. Mayfield Dairy Farm

4 Mayfield Lane, Athens, TN 37371 +1 800-629-3435
Excellent
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Mayfield Dairy Farm

Reviewed By NJ2SC - New Jersey

Before beginning our tour, we saw a brief video of how Mayfield has evolved over the years. Then we donned the red hair nets and began our tour. We saw the filling of milk, chocolate milk and ice cream and the packaging while we were there. Then we had a large scoop of ice cream, well worth the $6 admission. Pair this tour with the Sweetwater Valley Farm tour in Philadelphia, TN 30 minutes away and you have yourself a complete farm to table tour experience that you will greatly appreciate. We liked the latter tour much better.

2. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

727 Tennessee Ave, Etowah, TN 37331-1373 +1 423-894-8028
Excellent
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Reviewed By Mustangcoach - Huntsville, Alabama

This is the best train ride I have ever been on. The views were fantastic throughout the whole train ride. During the ride they tell you about the different locations and history of the railway and places you pass. The whole staff was very friendly, and gave out pamphlets about that train ride, different train rides, and a map of the town where you will stop. On the train they also have very cheap candy, chips, and drink for only a dollar. Along with a little souvenir shop with a little toy trains, and t-shirts.

3. McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

522 W Madison Ave, Athens, TN 37303-3424 +1 423-745-0329
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

Reviewed By David B - Columbus, Georgia

Overall, This is a nice museum however the main area of interest for me in this region was the history of the "Battle Of Athens". This was the ONLY reason for my visit to Athens and I guess I expected to find at least a mention of it in the local museum. If you're not familiar with this event please google it. There is an historical marker at the site and most of the original buildings are still there. I was informed by museum staff that it was "an embarrassment" in the community, I feel that it's an important story and a should be promoted as a inspiration to America. There are a lot of very nice local items on display and worthy of a visit.

4. Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

L &N Railroad Depot, Etowah, TN 37331 +1 423-894-8028
Excellent
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Reviewed By Caroleblanc1960 - Louisiana

Great ride... beautiful. Recommend the Copperhill run also. Just make sure the AC's are running before you take off. In 2015 we went in July... it got pretty hot. 2016 we did copper hill and the Dome AC went out and they all stole our seats.

5. Englewood Textile Museum

109 S Niota Rd, Englewood, TN 37329-3297 +1 423-887-5455
Excellent
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4 based on 3 reviews

Englewood Textile Museum

Reviewed By honestrealreviews - Orlando, Florida

The museum is inside the antiques shop. It is a smaller museum that houses local artifacts from various decades.

6. Athens Regional Park

Regional Park Drive, Athens, TN 37303
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Athens Regional Park

Reviewed By NJ2SC - New Jersey

My husband and I like to walk after dinner and this was the perfect spot to get some exercise, chat with locals and their dogs and to be serenaded. There was a young guitar player/singer who brought his own speakers and was serenading us with his selections. I don't know if this young man was hoping to be discovered or if he really liked to play and sing in the park. Either way, his songs were thoroughly enjoyable. This park also has walking paths and frisbee gold.

7. Loch Low-Minn

116 County Road 420, Athens, TN 37303-6524
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5 based on 5 reviews

Loch Low-Minn

We are a scuba diving resort in Athens, TN that is based around a ten acre quarry lake. Our crystal clear waters are home to the ancient and extraordinary paddlefish, among other aquatic wildlife. Since coming under new management in the summer of 2014, we have been hard at work improving both our on-site and online amenities.

Reviewed By grantc2013 - USA

There are several places to dive locally here in East Tennessee but for the facilities, area, and generally good visibility Loch Low Minn has it all. I'm an instructor and this is the only place I take my students and one of the few places I frequent locally for fun dives.

There is ample parking bathroom facilities near the entry point, newer picnic tables and plenty of them and a nice level road going down to the water. The owner has some great plans for 2016 as well.

8. Gardens of Sunshine Hollow

198 County Road 52, Athens, TN 37303-6645 +1 423-745-4289
Excellent
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4 based on 9 reviews

Gardens of Sunshine Hollow

Reviewed By spsmjj - Dayton, Tennessee

A very diverse garden that is also a wedding and luncheon venue. Go when the daylillies and the hydrangea are in bloom!

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