Culture, Entertainment & Recreation
Whether you’re looking for great art, great food or the great outdoors, Athens-Clarke County can cater to almost any taste and hobby.Athens-Clarke County is home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a 313-acre garden on the Middle Oconee River that serves as a cultural, educational and recreational facility. The Garden Club of Georgia and the University of Georgia Horticulture Trial Garden also call Athens home.
Outdoor enthusiasts can spend the day on the North and Middle Oconee Rivers or on the Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail. The Sandy Creek Nature Center and Memorial Park offer even more room for outdoor exploration.
In addition to serving as the headquarters of the Bulldogs, the University of Georgia houses the Georgia Museum of Art and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. The Lyndon House Arts Center is one of dozens of other art galleries and museums in the area.
Athens-Clarke County is also home to Five and Ten and The National, two of renowned chef Hugh Acheson’s signature restaurants. Downtown Athens is filled with more than 50 restaurants and bars. Several eateries serve food that is grown at neighboring independent farms.
The Classic Center, the city’s acclaimed convention and performance center, hosts hundreds of performers and thousands of special events and performances each year.
The independent nature carries over into Athens music. Hundreds of bands have followed R.E.M. and the B-52s’ footsteps and keep their home address in the Classic City, and dozens of them play in Downtown Athens every night at clubs like the 40 Watt, Georgia Theatre and Melting Point.
Athens-Clarke County also hosts a PGA Nationwide Tour golf tournament, the Twilight Criterium pro cycling races, AthFest and several other music and film festivals throughout the year.