Athens Travel Guide

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Athens Things to Do

  • president's house

    pictured is the university of georgia president's house. also known as the benjamon h. hill house this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1856. the president's house is listed on the national register of historic places. to learn more about this historic home visit the attached website.

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  • Athens Welcome Centre

    Athens Welcome Centre is situated just North of the Downtown area on the Junction of College and Dougherty. It's an impressive old building, actually the Church-Waddel-Brumby House, built in 1820, and when we visited,( May 2005 ),it was in the process of restoration. Now I believe the house is also a museum.It is manned by volunteers who love their...

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  • Terrapin Brewery

    Bring a DD. Seriously.$10 gets you in with a souvenir glass and eight tickets which are intended for 4oz pours of their beers. You enter into the gift shop (no beer is sold here, just schwag), are carded, pay your fee and get your glass.The actual "tasting room" is a roped off part of the brewing facility which the tour guide said was a former...

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  • double barrell cannon

    located on the grounds of the athens city hall is the double barrell cannon. the cannon was designed by john gilleland and it's purpose was to shoot two cannon balls that were connected by a chain. the idea was to shoot it at advancing infantry and the chain was to mow down more solders than a conventional cannon shot. the idea did not work because...

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  • We Let The Dawgs Out

    One of my favorite things in Athens (or should I say 36 of my favorite things) is the "We Let The Dawgs Out" statue display. The Athens-Oconee Junior Woman's Club created a public art exhibit for Athens which features 4-foot fiberglass bulldawgs painted by local artists throughout Athens-Carke County. The purpose of this project was to allow the...

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  • Terrapin Brewery Tour

    Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Athens' own Terrapin Brewery opens up to give tours and tastings. For $8, you get a Terrapin pint glass (which you can keep), you can take a guided tour to see how Terrapin is made, you get 8 drink tickets to taste the different beers they have on tap, and there's live music. They usually...

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  • confederate civil war memorial

    the clarke county confederate civil war memorial is located at the intersection of college and broad streets across the street from the university of georgia campus. this memorial has a very unique design.

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  • downtown

    pictured is clayton street in downtown athens. clayton street is in the middle of a four block area next to the UGA campus that is athen's entertainment district. this section of downtown has numerous bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. because of UGA athens has a vibrant downtown night life.

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  • university of georgia

    located on 615 acres in downtown athens the university of georgia dominates the economy and culture of the city. UGA was chartered in 1785 by abraham baldwin and is the first state chartered university in the united states. originally called franklin college UGA opened in 1801. UGA's first president was josiah meigs. the reverend robert findley was...

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Athens Restaurants

  • A Well Kept Secret on Prince Avenue

    Last night I had dinner at 237 Prince, which I'm ashamed to say was my first experience on Prince Avenue. Like most people in Athens, I'm drawn to the downtown scene when I go out to eat. Last night I ventured outside my comfort zone - and it was well worth it! First I just have to say how amazing it is to go somewhere and NOT have to worry about...

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  • One of Esquire Magazine's "Best Bars in...

    The Globe was named one of the "Best Bars in America" by Esquire (October 2007), and it's easy to see why. With 14 draught beers, 70 bottled beers, over 50 single malts, 35-40 wines, and a full bar, it would seem that the place doesn't even need a food menu - but it has a great one! The atmosphere is very cozy, with exposed brick and sofas, rocking...

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  • Vegetarian Cafe with Beer

    I was led to The Grit by a friend and was glad that I had taken the advice. I am not a vegetarian, but I appreciate being able to eat vegetarian (and especially vegan) food when available.I came at the end of breakfast on a cold, rainy Saturday. It was close to 11, but they had yet to switch to their lunch menu, so I stuck with breakfast. They have...

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  • Great sweet after a meal!!!

    This is a pretty cool place that sells "Asian shaved ice", shakes and sweet crepes with different kind of toppings... from fruits, nuts and syrups. The atmosphere is very confy and the people working there are super polite and always receiving you with a smile.Sometimes people confuse the shaved ice with a slushie, and it is so different... the...

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  • BBQ in Bogart

    I am listing this in Athens, but it is really in Bogart, just down Hiway 78 a mile from Athens, so really many Athens folk eat here. Just ate there today and had the pork plate, with a big pile of chopped pork with sauce, cole slaw, white bread, and their version of brunswick stew. The pork was great and the HOT sauce was made with alot of black...

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  • Best breakfast in Athens

    Stricklands is also open for lunch but I have only eaten breakfast there. The grits are amazingly creamy and good, the scrambled eggs with cheese, the biscuits, the streak-o-lean, almost everything is good here, and the coffee too! Although it is technically in Bogart, Athens is only a mile or 2 down the road. breakfast

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Athens Nightlife

  • Kommissar loves ALLGOOD Lounge

    A very fun bar to drink in. Friendly staff, competitive prices, extremely heavy pours, clean bathroom, and lots of hot customers. Overall, a great place to meet people. I love this bar. Here is a Facebook page for them if you want to look before you go. https://www.facebook.com/AllGoodLounge

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  • college bar

    the city bar is located on college ave. in the heart of athens entertainment district. the city bar is a typical college town bar with a good beer selection and several big screen televisions. at night they offer live entertainment. this one of many bars and pubs in athen's downtown entertainment area. casual.

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  • So Many Bars So Little Time

    There are so many bars in the downtown area of Athens, I couldn't possibly name them all. Just go downtown and wonder round. You may drop lucky like us and find some live music. I did notice on our second visit, (a year after the first), that a couple had dissappeared. Tragic Can't say that I noticed any

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Athens Transportation

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    by bocmaxima Written Dec 20, 2010

    Parking in the Downtown area is enforced by the city Monday thru Saturday, 8am to 7pm (harsh) and is mostly proof-of-payment, where you pay the box by credit card or cash and place the receipt on your dash. This is $0.50 per hour. There are also a number of parking garages around Downtown, but these all appeared to be much more expensive than the street parking.
    HOWEVER, if you're cheap like me, and can't stand paying for parking, University of Georgia, just across Broad Street, does not enforce parking on Saturdays. There is a small lot on Thomas just south of Broad where you can park all day Saturday for free. It has a black University of Georgia parking sign at the entrance and has gates but, on the weekends, the gates are open. There are several other lots around the area.
    As always, "enforcement hours" are 24 hours, 7 days per week for things like double parking, disabled parking spaces and no stopping zones.

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Athens Local Customs

  • by sonrie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Be open minded. Athens (downtown) has great places to eat and shop. Just keep in mind, things tend to have a 'twist'.

    The people are the best part about this town. Because of the mix between the undergrads, grad students, professors, working class, and 'townies', Athens not only has several unique ethnic cultures, but intellectual as well. So even if you don't like the guy playing his guitar at 3 in the morning, just appreciate that he, the hot dog guy, and so many others are what make this town.

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Athens Warnings and Dangers

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    by Clyselia Written May 14, 2003

    Lumpkin Street by the university is an especially narrow 4 lane road often used by large trucks. Photo not taken here but it could happen so be careful!

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Athens Off The Beaten Path

  • The Double Barrelled Cannon

    If you read my review about The Tree That Owns Itself, you know how my mother insisted on us going straight to this famous tree as soon as we arrived in Athens for the first time. After she got over the excitement of seeing the only tree in the world that actually owns itself, she wanted to go see the Double-Barreled Cannon next, which is located...

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  • The Tree That Owns Itself

    When I first visited Athens my junior year of high school as a prospective UGA student, my mother couldn't stop talking about a tree that we had to go see. We all know parents can be a little strange, but this seemed like an odd request even for a mom. She had read somewhere about a tree in Athens, Georgia that actually owns itself. Of course we...

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  • Getting into the great outdoors...

    These are some of my favorite spots for walking in Athens and just outside of Athens. Probably the best all around experience would be at the State Botanical Gardens. Drive south on Milledge past the bypass about 1 mile on the right. Miles of beautiful trails by water, gardens, and indoor conservatory of tropical plants. Nearby just off campus are...

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Athens Sports & Outdoors

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    by Clyselia Updated May 14, 2003

    Broad River Outpost offers canoe and kayak rentals for the 5 or 10 mile stretch of the Broad River. There are calm waters, minor whitewater and even a 6-foot waterfall drop. Perfect for the beginner and entertaining for the expert :-)

    Equipment: Rental of kayak includes paddle and life jacket. You can also bring your own equipment. A trip back to the starting point in an old school bus is also provided.

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Athens Favorites

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    would make a good cricket pitch

    by yooperprof Updated May 24, 2003

    Favorite thing: Football is religion here, and one of the most important spaces on the University of Georgia campus is the hallowed ground where the Bulldogs first played in the late 19th century. There's no field here any longer, but it's been well preserved and memorialized, and serves as a dignified quiet space in the middle of an otherwise bustling campus.

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