, 2023-04-27 10:00:37,
Less than two hours north of Atlanta, Athens, Georgia, is known as “The Classic City.” Home to The University of Georgia, the school pre-dates the town. Chartered in 1785 as the first publicly funded college in the fledgling United States, the university gave rise to the city of Athens.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the city caters mainly to college students. On the contrary, the town is full of family-friendly activities on the cheap. These are the fifteen best things to do in Athens Georgia for families.
Athens Family Activities for Outdoor Lovers
Settled in North Georgia on the Oconee River, Athens offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you like to stroll, run, paddle, or bike, this city has several activities to choose from.
1. Sandy Creek Nature Center
Kids will love exploring the 225 acres of the Sandy Creek Nature Center. Comprised of woodlands and wetlands, families can choose from twelve trails, including one that is ADA-compatible. Stop at the Visitor’s Center to check out binoculars and educational trail packs for your hike. While there, don’t miss the reptiles, amphibians, and aquariums on display.
2. Sandy Creek Park
Suppose water sports are your thing, head to Sandy Creek Park on Lake Chapman. Canoe and kayak rentals are an absolute bargain. This park is a one-stop shop with a public beach & swimming area, playgrounds, fishing opportunities, ball fields, disc golf, and more!
- Admission fee for ages 4-64
3. Oconee Rivers Greenway
This trail system offers a mix of natural surfaces, hike-only trails, and concrete, multi-use trails. Bring your bikes and explore the wetland corridors and greenspace surrounding the Oconee River.
4. The Tree That Owns Itself
Yes, you read that right. One block away from the U.G.A. campus is the tree that owns itself. Legend says that U.G.A. professor Col. William Jackson loved the tree so much that in his will, he deeded the tree ownership of itself and the eight feet surrounding it.
The paperwork can’t be found, but Athens has allowed the tree its rights, and the community has cared for it. Interestingly, the tree that is there today is a descendant. The original tree came down in a windstorm in 1942. Not wanting the tradition to end, the Junior Ladies Garden Club grew a…
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