With all the new baby dawgs just moving in, I figured I would share some things to do when you're not in class aka avoiding your homework. I think it is super important to see all Athens has to offer beyond UGA, so here are a couple of little fun adventures I recommend.
1. Shop Downtown
As a lover of fashion myself, there are so many cute boutiques and cool stores in downtown Athens to go to. A few of my personal favorites are Pitaya, Cheeky Peach, Fringe, and Archer Paper Goods.
2. Go to an event in the Georgia Theatre
Athens has always been big in the music scene, and the Georgia Theatre is a fantastic way to hear so many different types of music and performers. So if you're free on one of these nights, go give someone a listen.
3. Enjoy the food
While many students have the meal plan, I highly recommended trying some of the places to eat in Athens if you can! Some of my personal favorites are Mama's Boy (breakfast/lunch/brunch *pro tip: go to the Falls location it is usually less crowded/get there early), Ideal Bagel (breakfast/lunch/ brunch), Pauley's Crepe Bar (lunch/dinner), The Place (lunch/dinner), The Last Resort (dinner), Marker 7 (lunch/dinner), and The Grill (breakfast/lunch/dinner *Open 24/7).
4. Go to the Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are something I feel like a lot of students don't think about, but it is so pretty there! It is a great place for a run, to sit and study, take cute pictures, or really just to soak up some sun and clear your head.
5. Check out the Georgia Museum of Art
Even if you aren't an art lover, there are so many interesting exhibits to see and learn from. See what's on display here.
6. Go see the Iron Horse at sunrise or sunset
A landmark located right outside of Athens (totally worth the drive), is just a cool spot in the middle of a field to lay a blanket out with your friends and just spend some quality time together. Pro Tip: I went once when there was a meteor shower, 10/10 recommend. Located at 7861 Athens HWY Watkinsville, GA 30677
7. And of course, go watch Georgia play in Sanford Stadium
Athens literally shuts down on game days, so you might as well get dressed up, grab your friends, and get hype, because this is probably the number one thing you should while in Athens.