Welcome to Athens, a vibrant city that defines sophisticated Southern culture. Just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains this university city of just over 100,000 residents offers visitors a unique blend of Southern heritage and contemporary entertainment. A wide range of award-winning restaurants offers distinctive dining. Take time to stroll through our inviting, restored downtown or take a drive through historic districts, featuring antebellum, Victorian, and other period homes. View the state's official art collection, a traveling art exhibition, or one of our many local galleries. Treat yourself to a Broadway production without metropolitan hassles, and experience the bustling nightlife of Athens' world-renowned music scene. Cheer on one of the Georgia Bulldogs' top-ranked collegiate sports teams, or commune with nature at one of our major horticulture nurseries and lovely gardens. Whether you're interested in history, sports, shopping, entertainment, or nature, you'll "Experience a Masterpiece" in Athens!