things to do in athens ga with kids

Things to Do in Athens, GA with Kids

Whether you’re new to the area or are just looking for some new activities to keep your family busy, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Athens with kids. We’ve got the low-down to help you plan the fun. We’ve compiled a list of great kid-friendly activities near Athens that will inspire some new photos for your memory book.

Our Favorite Things to Do in Athens with Kids

Whether you’re looking for nature spots, playgrounds, or finger-linking good eateries, Athens has it all. Here is a list of the GFY team’s top things to do in Athens with Kids:

Sandy Creek Nature Center

With 225 acres of majestic woodlands and wetlands, you’ll be in your very own wonderland! Creatures of various species will intrigue all ages in the Education and Visitor Center while a trip to the old log cabin will set you back in time.

Address: 205 Old Commerce Rd
Price: FREE

Bear Hollow Zoo

For interesting things to do in Athens with kids, this is a special treat. This zoo is home to special wildlife that cannot survive in the wild for individual and unique challenges. Come visit these ambassadors and learn more about our spectacular wildlife.

Address: 293 Gran Ellen Dr
Price: FREE

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Photo Credit: Explore Georgia

Big Dogs on the River

Kayak your way through the Middle Oconee River and end up right back at your car. What could be better?

Address: 2525 Atlanta Highway
Price: $25

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

This spectacular site boasts a stunning display of beauty and there are plenty of experts there to satisfy your inner botanist. With the new children’s garden, your kiddos will light up with a space created just for them.

Address: 2450 S. Milledge Avenue
Price: FREE

Photo Credit: State Botanical Garden of Georgia


Oconee River Greenway Trail

A beautiful setting with easy-to-travel concrete trails. Whether you enjoy biking, walking, or rollerblading you have plenty of trail space to keep you occupied and happy.

Address: Parking and access to trails is more like it – Dudley Park (S. Poplar and Oak streets), Riverside Park (Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway and Ruth Street) and Sandy Creek Nature Center (Old Commerce Road).
Price: FREE

World of Wonder Park

A top favorite for things to do in Athens with kids is a visit to this extraordinary playground – it will knock your socks off. With an impressive three-story (yikes!) Slide Tower, Biba Activated Playground, rock wall and more, there won’t be a shortage of fun!

Address: 325 Whit Davis Rd
Price: FREE

North Campus Tour

Aside from Bulldog pride, UGA is rich with history. Bring the kids to tour the campus, ring the victory bell, and take home some Bulldog gear. They’ll be pleasantly tired from all the fun and running around on beautiful expanses of grassy fields.

Address: 405 College Station Rd
Price: FREE

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Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall Sports Museum

Unleash that Bulldog pride and remember the glory days with a day at the museum. Remember great moments in history as well as your favorite Georgia players.

Address: Corner of Lumpkin St. and Pinecrest Dr.
Price: FREE

The Georgia Theatre

A night at the Georgia Theatre for a family-friendly show is one of our favorite things to do in Athens with kids. Or, you can ditch the kids and have a well-deserved date night – we won’t judge.

Address: 215 N. Lumpkin St.
Price: Varies (average $12-20)

Georgia Museum of Art

With various programs and exhibitions, this museum has something to bring out the artist in us all. Be sure to visit the gallery and listen in on one of the “artist talks” scheduled.

Address: 90 Carlton Street
Price: FREE

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