Listed among the many benefits of life at Traditions of Braselton is its proximity to Athens, Georgia – home of the Bulldogs. Just 25 scenic miles separate you from the University of Georgia’s famous arch, Sanford Stadium on game day, a highly-touted dining scene, a super-charged music scene, an eclectic collection of downtown shops and so much more! Sporting the new tagline “Life Unleashed” and well-worth the drive, here are just a handful of haunts to explore during your time in the Classic City…
Eat, Drink and Be Merry: As with any college town, Athens is not without its fair-share of watering holes. Add to that a number of excellent craft breweries that offer tours, and it’s clear you’d be hard-pressed to ever go thirsty in this town. In search of an incredible meal? Athens is quickly gaining a reputation as a bona fide Mecca for foodies and talented young chefs alike. As for merry-making, Athens has long been known for its spectacular music scene – earning it the nickname “Liverpool of the South”. It’s where bands like REM and The B-52’s first began building both their unique sounds and loyal fanbases.
Go Big on Game Day: If you’re a fan of the Bulldogs, you’ll love the time-honored trek to Athens on Game Day Saturday – Georgia “G” flags flapping in the breeze as you roll down Prince Avenue on your way to tailgate before kickoff. Once the Bulldogs have declared victory, you might want to stick around to ring the chapel bell in celebration. Of course, sports in Athens don’t begin and end with football. The University of Georgia also offers as much basketball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer (and more) as you care to watch!
Fun for the Whole Family: Athens isn’t merely for college students, football fans, musicians and foodies! Perfectly suited for kids of all ages, Athens is proud of its wide array of parks and gardens, opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Sandy Creek Nature Center and Bear Hollow Zoo, chances to get in touch with one’s inner Picasso at the Georgia Museum of Art and Lyndon House Arts Center, or just play all day at Athens Skate Park, Active Climbing or Rush Trampoline.
Have a Heaping Helping of History: As home to the nation’s first state college, Athens has its fair share of antiquity. History buffs can take a stroll among some of the oldest buildings on the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus, tour 15 astounding Athens neighborhoods that are featured on the National Register or walk through the rooms of one of four house museums open for public tour.
Feeling Festive?: Athens takes its role as a preferred Southern Destination very seriously. To answer that call, it plays host to a broad spectrum of festivals. From AthFest Music and Arts Festival in the Summer to the Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade in the Fall to the Downtown Parade of Lights to kick off the holiday season, there’s something for everyone in Athens – no matter the time of year.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Athens, be sure to bookmark www.visitathensga.com. Have fun exploring!
Image Credit: By Rob from Athens, GA – Sanford Stadium pano, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3422770