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>> Visit Watson Mill Bridge State Park, near Comer, outside Athens, and see the 236ft/72m four-span covered wooden bridge, as well as beautiful surroundings. The park was built around the '80s, representing today a very popular attraction, featuring fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking, walking, biking, and horseback riding, as well as canoeing.
>> Have fun with the family in one of the beautiful nature parks in the city, such as Bishop Park and Sandy Creek Park.
>> Explore the city and start taking advantage of the shopping opportunities.
>> Visit the Georgia Museum of Art, on Carlton Street, where you can admire an extensive collection of American paintings.
>> Visit the University of Georgia campus through the guided tours available, representing one of the most important attractions in Athens.
The Annual AIDS Walk is a student-led event, organized by the students from the University of Georgia, in hope to raise money for a great cause, consisting of a walk and a 5 k timed run race, benefiting AIDS Athens, which is a non-profit organization serving the Athens area as well as other 10 surrounding counties.
Everyone is welcome to participate at this event, dedicated for those affected by the ruthless AIDS disease. The goals set by the organization are to raise money through the annual AIDS Walk/Run and to increase the public awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Athfest is a famous local music festival, happening in summer, featuring musical performances of more than 100 regional and local bands, many fun family activities, seminars, film screenings and a Kid Fest. It's a great way to spend a fun day out with the family and interact with other people.
Another popular annual festival, taking place every year in Athens, is the Classic City Brew Fest, dedicated to beer lovers, but not only, offering visitors the chance to enjoy more than 400 types of beer each year. There is a 10 ticket limit per person and the admission fee is $39.95 plus taxes.
Featuring film viewing and special guests, the Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival, hosted every year by Robert Osborne, is very much appreciated by film fans, attracting many festival goers each year.
During the Civil War, Athens City became the centre for music in the region, gaining more fame by founding the Morton Theatre, and by the fact that it is known as being the home of many famous bands, such as R.E.M and B-52's, as well as several favorite indie-rock groups.
The `musical` nightlife scene of the city is mainly located in the small downtown area, including the 40 Watt Club, described as being one of `the most famous indie rock venues in the East Coast`, as well as a large number of bars and dance clubs.
Among the most popular bars in Athens, visitors will find The Firehouse, The Nowhere Bar, the Athens Steam Company Pub and the Boar's Head.
The downtown are also houses many fine restaurants, including a large variety of local favorites, such as the Porter House Grill, the Grill, the Taco Stand, the Broad Street Grill and Harry Bissetts, representing only a small part of the numerous restaurants which can be found here.
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