The water flows at Ben Burton Park in Athens, Georgia, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Photo/Austin Steele,

This triangular area that extends beyond the Loop is roughly bounded by Prince Avenue/Jefferson Road to the north, West Broad Street/Atlanta Highway to the south and Hawthorne Avenue to the east. 

Family fitness

The Athens YMCA is a large complex popular with families. Daily passes are available for $15.

Outdoor exploration

Ben Burton Park, a 32-acre wildlife preserve on the Middle Oconee River, includes a boating ramp, picnic areas and trails.

Indie artisans

At Indie South on Hawthorne Avenue, browse handmade work by local artists and artisans or book a tarot reading for $30. 

Friendly eats

  • Em’s Kitchen — Adjacent to Hawthorne Drugs, features breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on Saturdays.
  • Opa Robby’s Market — A colorful, family-owned shop on Atlanta Highway stocked with local produce and homemade casseroles.

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