Athens, GA

The best of the Classic City

The fall is a busy time at the University of Georgia. With the semester underway and football season in full swing, plenty of Bulldogs find themselves back home in Athens for a weekend. There are so many reasons to love the Classic City, from the music scene to Saturdays in Sanford Stadium to the restaurants, so we put together a guide to some of our favorite things to do in Athens, Georgia.


Athens is known for its vibrant music scene, and a show at 40 Watt or the Georgia Theatre is always a good time. If you prefer movies, Ciné is a great stop for a flick downtown. The Georgia Museum of Art, the official art museum of the state of Georgia, showcases a permanent collection of visual art as well as rotating exhibitions.

Good Eats & Shopping

The restaurant choices are vast, so we took a 48-hour food tour to some of our favorite spots. From coffee and doughnuts to pizza and burgers, you’re sure to be well fed during your stay in Athens.

Our caffeine stop on the tour is Jittery Joe’s Downtown – they’re the perfect place for a cup of coffee or if you want to take home a Bulldog-themed coffee tin! While you’re downtown, be sure to browse the plethora of shops where you can find everything from UGA gameday gear to thrifted treasures. There’s plenty of Bulldog-owned places to shop as well, like Cheeky Peach and Fab’rik.

Another Athens staple is Mama’s Boy, a classic southern restaurant serving the best of breakfast and lunch in two locations. It’s a favorite with Athens residents, students, and visitors alike.

Get Outdoors

If you’re here for a football gameday, tailgating on campus is a must. North Campus and Myers Quad are popular tailgating destinations, but on gameday you can find people on all parts of campus. Even if you’re not headed to the game, tailgates are a great way to join in on the fun.

Walking through The State Botanical Garden of Georgia or along the Lake Herrick walking trails provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. If you’re traveling with kids, the Playground of Possibilities features an accessible play space and Memorial Park offers trails and a zoo.

Thanks for following along! Hope to see you in Athens soon, Bulldogs.