Retire in Athens

Activities and Culture

Learn about Athens's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

Despite it's slightly larger size, Athens fits the profile of a "college town" thanks to the presence of the large University of Georgia. If you're looking to take a break from the college environment though, there is plenty of golf and hiking to take advantage of.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

2

Movie Theaters:

4

Casinos:

0

Public Libraries:

4

Malls:

1

Shooting Ranges:

1

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

0

Closest Beach:

n/a

Closest Skiing:

Cataloochee Ski Area (150 miles away)

Golf courses and country clubs:

8

Universities:

1

  • Area
  • National Average

Food

Food Summary

Generally speaking, the food scene in Athens has a friendly, casual, and relaxed vibe. Don't let the lack of white tablecloths fool you; the city boasts a variety of restaurants with excellent Southern cooking, as well as international offerings for those who are looking for a change of pace.

  • Restaurants

    268
  • Bars

    39
  • Local Specialty

    Oysters and Ramen

Culture

Culture Summary

Athens is held in high cultural regard in the South. University students are partially to thank for an art scene, music scene, and intellectual environment. Outside of the university, Athens residents can enjoy the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, or the Bear Hollow Zoo, just to name a few.

  • Total performing arts companies

    6
  • Museums

    5
  • Historical Sites

    1
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    1
  • Vineyards

    1

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