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Visiting Athens Beyond Game Day

Fall. It means going back to school, cooler temperatures and football. Everyone knows Athens, home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is tons of fun on game day, but we challenge you to visit the Classic City on a non-football weekend and explore beyond the Dawgs. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Whistle a Happy Tune

The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia
The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia

Athens is known for its music scene. Groups like R.E.M., The Black Crows and Drive-By Truckers got their start here. So, what better way to spend an evening in Athens than take in a live show? Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt are two of the most well-known music spots in town, hosting concerts for local bands and world-famous artists.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Wander the 313 acres of themed gardens and nature trails at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Free admission. - State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Wander the 313 acres of themed gardens and nature trails at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Free admission. - State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia was named one of the best botanical gardens in the United States by USA Today. Take a walk along the long and sprawling trails, sip coffee at the arboretum, explore the chapel, or just admire the beautiful flowers and fountains! On a sunny day, this place is easily one of the prettiest sights in Athens.

Eat at a Local Institution

The mural at Last Resort Grill in Athens
The mural at Last Resort Grill in Athens

The Last Resort Grill is one of the most well-known eateries in downtown Athens, serving up southwestern-style southern cuisine. Food isn't the only art form here, take a selfie in front of the beautiful mural that graces the side of the building. The original Last Resort opened as a music club where bands like Doc Watson and Jimmy Buffet played. Now the menu offers a symphony of flavors from local farmers.

Published: August 2017