Known as the "Classic City" of the South, Athens is filled with historic landmarks, world-renown restaurants, multiple entertainment venues, and a creative culture unlike any other!
Whether you're just visiting for the weekend or a proud local, here are 10 must-see sights in Athens.
1. The Tree that Owns Itself
The Tree that Owns Itself is definitely one of the quirkier attractions on this list of Athens, GA things to do. According to legend, the tree is said to have been given legal property ownership of itself and all land within eight feet on all sides by Col. William H. Jackson in the early 1800s. Although a formal deed has never been located, the Athens community has never questioned its property rights. The tree is located at the top of the hill where Dearing and Finley streets intersect.
2. Double-Barreled Cannon
One of Athens more well-known landmarks, the Double-Barreled Cannon was created during the Civil War era but failed to see battle. It was meant to fire two balls connected by a chain towards the enemies from the North, but it turned out to be a flop since the chain would break and the balls were uncontrollable. The only one of its kind, it is now permanently located outside of City Hall pointing north. Athens even has a bar named after it. This is a must see for any history buff!
3. Founders Memorial Garden
Unless you're on the lookout for the Founders Memorial Garden you might miss it! This hidden gem is tucked away on the University of Georgia's North Campus and pays tribute to the twelve founders of the Ladies' Garden Club of Athens, which was founded in 1891 and was the first Garden Club in America. The Founders Memorial Garden is the perfect place for quiet reflection or just an overall mood lifter.
4. Georgia Theatre
The Georgia Theatre is an Athens staple, and world famous live music venue! The original building has been everything from the Athens YMCA to a Masonic Temple. The Elite Theatre (later renamed the Georgia Theatre) was established in 1935 and has been a host to a range of emerging and established artists from Athens and beyond. All the Athens greats, like R.E.M. and the B-52's, have played at the theatre, in addition to startup bands and world renown headliners. While you're at a show, make sure to head up to their rooftop bar for the best view in town! To attend a show at the historic Georgia Theatre should be on every music junkie's bucket list.
5. Sanford Stadium
For Georgia football fans of all ages this one is a given. There's nothing more magical than experiencing a UGA Football Saturday in Athens. You haven't truly experienced the full effect of the Dawg Nation until you've cheered on the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium with 92, 746 of your closest friends.
6. Morton Theatre
The Morton Theatre is one of the first vaudeville theatres in the United States built, owned, and operated by an African-American. The theatre is still in use and frequently hosts various local plays, comedy acts, and concerts.
7. Georgia Museum of Art
Conveniently located on UGA's campus and the official art museum of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art, features over 10, 000 works of art and strives to make art accessible to everyone. Admission to the museum is free, along with access to weekly tours and special rotating exhibits.
Ciné is an indie movie house that also features a full bar and cafe. With an intimate vibe and quality cinema, this is definitely the way to go for a date-night in Athens. Follow up with a tour of Creature Comforts brewery after the movie to end out a perfect night.
9. UGA North Campus
The University of Georgia's campus in and of itself is a must-see. Filled with historic buildings such as the Chapel, and rooted in tradition as the first state-chartered college in America, UGA's North Campus is arguably one of the most important landscapes in Athens. Located just across Broad Street in Downtown Athens, it's the perfect place to hangout between classes or take a stroll on a sunny day. Dating back to 1785, experience the historic side of Athens and participate in beloved traditions by UGA students such as ringing the Chapel Bell or swimming in the fountain!project management software agile project management stress management property management bakersfield financial management human resource management waiste management cerberus capital management project management certifications case management association of america waste management login hudson homes management property management company inventory management crisis management self management rushmore loan management services anger management (film) human resource management system waste management careers great jones property management time management skills what is risk management office of personnel management health information management account management property management jobs management concept social media management sentry management waste management near me pathlight property management performance management case management salary device management kellogg school of management management skills emergency management jobs property management companies near me lighthouse property management sql management studio inventory management software healthcare management elliott management knowledge management waste management management premier property management alliance property management product management brookfield asset management project management tools anger management film sports management jobs scientific management management abbreviation management information systems waste management stock price fleet management conflict management asset management company access management waste management open 2021 cable management box workforce management property management software ares management microsoft sql server management studio investment management consultants association american case management association https //id.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/id/management/ sims metal management greystar property management rbc wealth management login project management institute liberty property management business management degree management of change management of native encryption management definition content management system operations management wells fargo asset management leland management construction management degree anger management classes near me management waste easte management business management mynd property management configuration management stress management techniques matrix absence management bh management waste management pickup schedule pinnacle property management fpi management windermere property management management information system management jobs portfolio management waste management customer service aws management console pain management doctors near me talent management waste management bagster reputation management learning management system playstation account management supplier relationship management supply chain management salary abbreviation for management merrill lynch wealth management privileged access management google project management certificate program management waster management brand management fidelity cash management account cma management management jobs near me classroom management sheaff brock money management classroom management strategies management consulting investment management office personnel management absence management enterprise fleet management elite model management businesses management degree total quality management wavecrest management strategic management management styles money management project management tool project management job description pain management doctor near me customer relationship management waste management holiday schedule impression management enterprise risk management project management resume id.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com id/management/ archegos capital management heritage property management waste management holidays money management international annaly capital management revenue cycle management what is project management sports management wellington management resource management focus workforce management weight management data management project management salary intel(r) management engine components pain management doctors hospitality management conrex property management pain management doctor change management process waste management schedule anger management cast waste manage management advantage property management human capital management advanced pain management management waste management system for award management terror management theory rockefeller capital management google ads management integrated pest management rental management company android device management healthier choices management corp