- VISIT THE BUTTS-MEHRE HERITAGE HALL ON THE University of Georgia Campus. That’s where the Georgia athletic department showcases its awards in every sport. Look at the career of Vince Dooley and the Heisman Trophy won by Herschel Walker in 1982, in addition to the championships won by the university’s basketball, baseball, tennis and other teams. Admission is free, and the displays are beautifully presented.
- TAKE A MUSIC HISTORY TOUR WITH PAUL AND LEARN ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF R.E.M. AND THE B52s. This tour leaves from the Athens Welcome Center, and Paul is an encyclopedia of information about groups from the late 70’s and 80’s who got their start in Athens, GA. It is a walking tour which makes even more of an impression.
- EXPLORE THE SHOPS IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS. From the vinyl record collection at Wuxtry Records to the many boutiques, University of Georgia fan items and gift shops, you will want to allow several hours to find just the right items to take back home with you.
- EAT AT THE GRILL, 171 COLLEGE AVENUE. Burgers, hot dogs shakes and lots of surprising sides and toppings are served with a nostalgic decor, featuring Coca-Cola memorabilia and a vintage jukebox. Watching all the UGA students come and go will make you feel young, and the prices will make you happy.
- TAKE AN ATHENS HERITAGE TOUR BEGINNING AT THE WELCOME CENTER. The Welcome Center is housed in the Church-Waddel-Brumby House built in 1820. Your heritage tour will begin with a commentary on the rooms and artifacts in the home, then will continue via van and guide through the streets of Athens. You’ll see examples of outstanding architecture, including the lovely antebellum homes on fraternity and sorority row.
And for a bonus activity, try an UGA hunt and see how many painted bulldogs you can see around town.
Ha! For some reason, these are all numbered #1. Could it be that they are equally important? You decide.