Top Things To Do And See Around Athens, GA

Christina Graves

A quaint town located in Northeast Georgia, Athens is a city of college pride, artsy venues, good beer, and some great music. Around 35,000 college students roam the city and sit studying in the campus buildings during the weekdays, and the city has been customized to the college student’s expectations and ideals. There’s local breweries, plenty of bars, good places to eat, and some great entertainment.

Creature Comforts Brewery Tour, Athens

Take a brewery tour

Athens is known for its local vibe and independent scene, and their breweries are no exception. Creature Comforts is a brewery that just opened its doors around two years ago. Taking the place of Snow Tire Co., the atmosphere is very breathable and best enjoyed with good friends. Terrapin is another classic Athens favorite for college students and visiting tourists. A few minutes drive from downtown, they host live music and brewery tours throughout the week. Make sure to check the opening times beforehand. Both places are only open during select hours, but it is a great way to experience some quality beer during your visit.

Terrapin Brewery, 265 Newton Bridge Road Athens, GA 30607 +1 706 549 3377

Creature Comforts Brewing Co., 271 W Hancock, Athens GA 30601 +1 706 410 1043

Downtown Athens I

1. Stroll through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Botanical Garden

A little sanctuary outside of all the hustle and bustle, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia features a variety of trails that wind around the Oconee River, a peaceful river that is also fantastic for a day of kayaking. The gardens themselves are great to walk through, and have a café on the grounds where visitors can grab a delicious iced chai or a snack for the way. Make sure to grab a pair of good shoes for their Tropical Conservatory, Native Flora, International, Heritage, and Flower gardens. It should also be mentioned that there is no entrance cost to the gardens, but donations are always welcomed.

Catch a music performance

Athens is a popular destination for touring music groups as well as a local hub for many talented artists. Just looking through the calendar for artists coming to Athens will surely provide some great dates to visit the town. Some of the bigger music venues are the Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt, and The Classic Center, but don’t let these hold the limit of musical outings. The local music joints definitely have the low key vibes and artsy atmosphere that would please any music enthusiast.

Georgia Theatre 215 N Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30601 +1 706 850 7670

40 Watt 285 West Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601 +1 706 549 7871

The Classic Center, 300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601 +1 706-208-0900

Cine in Athens, GA

2. Visit an historic cemetery


Perhaps this is an odd trip to make if you’re visiting a college town, but the city has some beautiful, historic cemeteries. One in particular is the Oconee Hill Cemetery which is located just across from campus if you fancy exploring the college area as well. The plots are designed in a very Victorian fashion with iron fencing and beautiful stonework. The Cemetery dates back to the mid-1800’s, and is best accessed by car, although you may have to walk through some parts. So for a sunny day or a spooky evening, take a stroll around this beautiful spot in Athens.

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