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Parks & nature in Athens

Botanical Garden
“A short drive but worlds away from town! A conservatory, formal and native gardens, a trail system, and a fabulous Children’s garden make this a place where there’s something for everyone! ”
56 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Botanical Gardens is beautiful year round. There is an indoor garden, outdoor gardens, extensive walking trails, a restaurant, gift shop and more.”
20 locals recommend
Park
“A favorite of our family’s! The Nature Center is a wonderful (and free!) indoor option for kids and the trails and greenway provide nice slots to walk, run, or bike. (Use caution when on greenway when alone or at night.). ”
27 locals recommend
Trail
“We adore our local (and free) zoo! It is located in Memorial Park, which also offers a playground, walking trails, and a pond. ”
18 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of good trails, dog park, canoeing, beach on lake and picnic shelters. There is a 7.5 mile loop trail around Lake Chapman.”
17 locals recommend
Park
“Memorial Park is a great place to go and walk. At the park, you can enjoy walking trails, the pond and plenty of wildlife. ”
12 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“When you've seen it, you've seen it! Don't walk under if you ever plan on graduating from UGA. And don't call it the "arches" on accident - that's only at McDonalds. ”
10 locals recommend
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“Bishop Park is the second oldest park in Athens and is a 33-acre park housing ball fields, paved trails & tennis courts, plus picnic pavilions & playgrounds. On Saturday mornings, the Athens Farmers Market is set up in the large tennis pavilion with food trucks, local produce and meats, specialty goods, and much more! Get there early to get a biscuit from the Farm Cart!”
14 locals recommend
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“This spot in just a short walk away from the Airbnb and a great place to throw around a frisbee or a football! Take a blanket and relax, go for a stroll or check out the famous REM railroad trestle! Pro Tip: Mama's Boy too busy to get a table? Call in a to-go order and bring it to Dudley Park right next door for a picnic! ”
12 locals recommend
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“Quaint little pond in the midst of Athens. Check out the free Bear Hollow Zoo right next door to see some critters! ”
8 locals recommend
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“Cross over Broad Street through the iconic Arch and you'll be stepping back in time over two centuries, to the birthplace of public higher education in America. The University of Georgia was chartered in 1789 and the Historic North Campus was modeled after Yale. Magnificent Greek Revival buildings date back to the start of classes in the first decade of the 19th century.”
9 locals recommend
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“Ben Burton Park is a hidden gem in Athens... and it's right around the corner from the house! There is green space along the river, a hiking trail that leads to rock forts. Dog-friendly on leash. ”
7 locals recommend
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“This park has well maintain mountain bike trails and a splash pad for hot summer days. Located on the green way it is a great water stop on a long summer run. ”
5 locals recommend
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“Our private path into the park leads you on a one mile hike and brings you back to the house. ”
4 locals recommend
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“The Greenway is a linear park system that provides wildlife corridors, open spaces and a family friendly multi use path for the public's enjoyment.”
5 locals recommend