The city of Athens was incorporated in 1818 and it became a city even before Alabama was a state, and one year later it became also the county seat of Limestone County. Today, there are almost 22,000 people living in Athens and its location close to transportation, recreational opportunities and educational centers make it an active and important spot on Alabama State's map.
When visiting Athens, there are several attractions and landmarks that must not be missed as the city offers plenty of cultural, recreational and family activities.
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, on 100 Pryor Street is free to visit and it's open to public daily, except for Sundays. The museum displays records from the Revolutionary War to the present and it is organized in 3 areas of interest: the Tyler Craig Memorial Library; the Bob McAbee Exhibit Hall, and the Wendell Powers Auditorium. Athens Courthouse Square is not only a location of art and music events taking place in Athens, but it is also a great spot for shopping, dining and learning about the city's history. The square is located in downtown Athens, on Jefferson Street.
Athens Historic Districts houses buildings from the early 1800's which can be visited as part of historic walking tours every Saturday morning during the month of April.
There are six public parks in Athens, Alabama so if you're just taking a walk in the park or you're going with children, there are playground areas and tennis courts available for you and your family. During summer, the municipal pool is also one of the spots worth trying but if you're a nature fan, then you can go for jogging or walking in the woods and try one of the many trails available in and around Athens.
Fishing in Athens is also possible due to the proximity of the Elk River and Wheeler Reservoir, offering quality fishing areas and boat launches.
Athens Community Archery Park, Athens Sportsplex and Chriswood Golf Club are also some of the places to try out in Athens for recreation, outdoor activities, golf courses and games.
Athens is also home to several events, festivals and fairs taking place during the year. Some of these are interesting for both locals and tourists, so if you plan a visit to Athens Alabama, you may discover there's something going on in the city that you should try. Singing on the Square, Earth Day and Outdoor Expo take place in April and they are two events suitable for families with children, providing both entertainment and educational experiences for your kids. The first one features concerts in open air and the second, taking place at Big Spring Memorial Park, exhibits reptiles, raptors and outdoor and sports vendor booths. Cars & Bikes on The Square is both a parade and an exhibition of vintage and specialized vehicles, accompanied by musical entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.