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Best of Athens Guide

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Athens
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.

All things to do » Things to do

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
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.
Attraction type: Gardens
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Sanford Stadium
Sanford Stadium
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums; Sports Complexes
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Bear Hollow Zoo
Bear Hollow Zoo
Attraction type: Zoos
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Georgia Museum of Art
Georgia Museum of Art
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Sandy Creek Nature Center
Sandy Creek Nature Center
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Educational sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Last Resort Grill
Last Resort Grill
Ranked #1 of 394 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mama's Boy
Mama's Boy
Ranked #2 of 394 Restaurants in Athens
Price: $6 - $16
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, International
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cali N Tito's
Cali N Tito's
Ranked #3 of 394 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
The National Restaurant
The National Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 394 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: American, Bar, Mediterranean, Pub, Gluten Free
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
De Palma's Italian Cafe
De Palma's Italian Cafe
Ranked #5 of 394 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Quality Inn
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn
$76 - $101
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jefferson
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Comfort Inn & Suites Athens
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites Athens
$84 - $150
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Graduate Athens
4.0 of 5
Graduate Athens
$119 - $208
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Athens
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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens
2.5 of 5
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens
$100 - $150
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Athens
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Hampton Inn Athens
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Athens
$109 - $151
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Athens
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