More 'tang than a NASA convention
Athens is one of the coolest college towns around. Tons of bars and party opportunities. All you really have to do is go downtown and you'll find more bars than you'll be able to attend. Yes, the women are hot. If you're a little over the average college age and want to avoid runins with the frat kids, I'll leave some bars for you to explore. Most of the non-frat bars are on the same part of downtown.
Flicker bar, this is a towny, alternative type of place that frequently hosts bands. 40 Watt, a music venue with a different band playing every night. Manhatten Cafe', if you're over 30, you can meet cool people your age here. Ga. Bar, has a reputation as a coke-head hangout, but generally very cool people are hanging out here. The Globe, as the name suggests, people off all nationalities will hang out here. You can get premium beers at premium prices here also.
The old wooden railway bridge
As we came off of the North O'Conee Greenway walk we stumbled accross a disused old wooden railway bridge, well half a bridge.
Looking at a map I think it was close to the SR-10 and Poplar street junction by Dudley Park. It's very impressive but there were no signs and no plaques giving info about it as there were for other less impressive items. I think they should make a bit more of it.
plenty of coffee shops
Not surprisingly (and rather depressingly), there's a large national chain coffeeshop on the most prominent corner immediately across the street from the campus. However, there are also a number of locally owned independent coffee dispensors which seem to be doing quite well.
- Study Abroad
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downtown Athens - where all those bands play
Next to the college campus is an interesting collegetown, with a high density of small shops, restaurants, and bars. The latter serve as venue for a florishing music scene that is a lot more diverse than you might think. Athens apparently deserves its reputation as an incubator for some very creative music-making.
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- Study Abroad
This Founders’ Memorial Garden...
This Founders’ Memorial Garden on the University campus commemorates the founding in Athens of the first garden club in America.
The University of Georgia is 216 years old (2001)and is America's oldest state-chartered university. It was established on January 27, 1785. UGA has some excellent libraries with some 3.7 (3,7 for Europeans:-))) million volumes. Interestingly, the libraries store one of the nation's largest map collections. The UGA libraries are ranked 28th among the nation’s best 109 research libraries in ratings compiled by the Association of Research Libraries.
Ramsey Sports Center (often...
Ramsey Sports Center (often called by the students 'The Space Center'). I think it's only open to the students though:-(((
The 425 thousand-square-foot Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities is the LARGEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE fitness/exercise facility for students and faculty in the country, and is rated by Sports Illustrated as the nation’s BEST such facility. The center’s cost of $40.8 (or $40,8:-)))million was financed without state funds by using tax-exempt bonds amortized through student fees, user fees and contributions from the Georgia Athletic Association.
Walk around the University of...
Walk around the University of Georgia and downtown Athens. The botannical garden is a really nice place to see too.
This is an entrance to the old part of the university. It was the first chartered university in the USA (1785). Tradition prohibits freshmen from walking under the 'arches' - I don't know why.
first baptist church
pictured is the first baptist church. the church was founded in 1830 and the neo classical building you see today was built in 1921. this one of several historic churches in downtown athens.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
The Botanical Gardens feature a 20 thousand-square-foot conservatory/visitor’s center that contains tropical and semi-tropical plants.
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