101 Things To Do In Athens

Of course, make sure you are following all university and local guidelines about face coverings and social distancing as you check off activities on this list!

UGA Traditions

1. Visit the Sports Museum at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall
2. Complete the G-Book Challenge
3. Relax on Herty Field
4. Explore the Founders Garden
5. Find a service opportunity with Serve UGA
6. Take a first-year photo at the Arch—and then again after commencement
7. Visit the Chapel Bell
8. Attend a University Union event
9. Find three fountains on North Campus (Hint: Sanford is not just a stadium)
10. Donate to the UGA Student Food Pantry
11. Join the Student Alumni Association
12. Play capture the flag on North Campus
13. Learn the UGA alma mater
14. Visit the Creamery
15. Get Down with the Dean
16. Pick up a steak at the Meat Science Technology Center Store
17. Volunteer at the UGArden

Classic City

18. Road trip to the Iron Horse
19. Visit the Guidestones 
20. Find the painted fire hydrants 
21. Shop for vinyl at Wuxtry Records
22. Volunteer at Brooklyn Cemetery
23. Shop local in downtown Athens
24. Walk down Milledge Avenue
25. Support a local restaurant  
26. Take a self-guided tour of downtown Athens
27. Look for free little libraries around town 
28. Give blood – save a life 
29. See the double-barrel cannon
30. Volunteer to drive for Meals on Wheels
31. Complete the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce bingo card

Indoor Adventures

32. Explore Sandy Creek Nature Center
33. Check out a board games from Tate Information Desk
34. Find and connect with a UGA mentor
35. Watch a movie/tv show filmed in Athens-Clarke County
36. Take advantage of the Ramsey Center climbing or bouldering wall
37. Take an in-person fitness class
38. Take a virtual class at the Ramsey Center
39. Join an E-Sports team on campus
40. Register for Virtual Leisure Services with Athens-Clarke County
41. Visit the makerspace at the Science Library
42. Get your ArchReady Certificate from the Career Center
43. Check out a DVD from the Main Library
44. Participate in a research study
45. Check out student stories on the One UGA website
46. Visit the Career Center
47. Become a Global Buddy
48. Get Zen with Morning mindfulness at Georgia Museum of Art
49. Take advantage of the whiteboard walls on the fourth floor of the Main Library
50. Learn about study abroad opportunities
51. Visit a virtual escape room
52. Research ancestry.com free through the UGA libraries

Explore Outdoors

53. Hike the Sandy Creek Nature Center trails
54. Take a hike at Lake Herrick/Intramural Fields
55. Kayak or canoe Lake Herrick
56. Play tennis at the intramural fields
57. Test ride a road, commuter, MTB at one of the local bike shops
58. Explore State Botanical Garden trails
59. Go on a group hike at the Georgia State Botanical Garden
60. Traverse the indoor rainforest at the Georgia State Botanical Garden
61. Dine al fresco on College Avenue downtown
62. Try kayaking or paddle boarding at Lake Chapman
63. Play the disc golf course at Sandy Creek
64. Stroll the North Oconee greenway
65. Play the UGA Golf Course
66. Participate in Intramural sports
67. Join an outdoor recreation clinic
68. Try a Thriving Thursdays fitness class on Brumby Beach with Rec Sports
69. Visit the Health Sciences Campus
70. Stroll Memorial Park
71. Explore Birchmore Trail
72. Kayak the Middle Oconee River
73. Picnic by the Law Library
74. Chill by the North Oconee River at the School of Social Work
75. Visit the animals at Bear Hollow Zoo
76. Play kickball at Bishop Park
77. Bike the Firefly Trail
78. Visit the trial gardens near Snelling Dining Hall
79. Plug in to power and WiFi at the Lake Herrick Pavillion

Arts and Culture

80. Experience the Georgia Museum of Art
81. Explore Special Collections Libraries
82. See a free movie at the Tate Student Center
83. Visit the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)
84. Visit the Georgia Natural History Museum
85. Check out the Lyndon House Arts Center
86. Learn about the 60th anniversary of UGA’s desegregation online or at the Main Library
87. Visit the tiny Latin American ethnobotanical garden
88. Do some art at home with the Georgia Museum of Art
89. Take a self-guided Athens music history tour
90. Take a self-guided African American driving tour

Selfie Spots

91. See the murals of Athens
92. Visit the Athens Tree Room
93. Find all the Bulldog statues 
94. Pose in front of Sanford Stadium
95. Visit the Abraham Baldwin Statue by Old College
96. Sit with the Bernard Ramsey statue bench by Moore College

Down the Road

97. Swim or hike at Fort Yargo State Park
98. Check out the covered bridge at Watson Mill Bridge State Park
99. Take a day trip to Stone Mountain Park
100. Pan for gold in Dahlonega
101. Tube the river at Hurricane Shoals park in Jackson County 

For more things to do, check the UGA Master Calendar or check out Flagpole magazine’s 2021 Guide to Athens.