A Welcome Center Like No Other


The Athens Welcome Center has been described by visitors as "an oasis in the heart of historic downtown Athens.”  Our friendly staff and volunteers help visitors make the most of Athens, inside a gracious southern home – The Church-Waddel-Brumby House.

Built in 1820 for UGA professor, Dr. Alonzo Church, the Church-Waddel-Brumby House is a two-story Federal style plantation plain house.  This home was so well-loved that, in 1822, UGA President Moses Waddel traded his own on-campus residence with Dr. Church to live in what was considered ‘high style’ at the time. Today, it is known as Athens’ oldest surviving residence.  Its beautifully appointed house museum interior reflects Athens’ earliest pioneer days when it was home to the University president.

Meet with our information specialists to plot out your personal sight-seeing journey through Athens. We carry a full range of brochures and maps for Athens and the entire State of Georgia. The options are many…. history, art, music, gardens, or university life.  Explore the historic neighborhoods and landmarks of this flagship college town at the top of Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Experience live music at one of over 100 music venues, including the Classic Center Theatre and UGA Performing Arts Center. Behold world-class art at the State’s official art museum – the Georgia Museum of Art, among other local art galleries. 

Relocating to Athens? Pick up a relocation packet, then get your bearings onboard our Classic City Tour bus by taking the Athens Heritage Tour or Museum Mile Tour of museum homes.  Our tours are offered daily with advance reservations via email or phone, all departing from the Athens Welcome Center.  Want to check out Athens on your own?  Pick up or download one of six self-guided tours, from Music History, the Tree That Owns Itself – to Athens historic neighborhoods and downtown, there is something for everyone.

After perusing the brochures, pull up a rocking chair with a cool beverage and relax on our spacious back porch.  Plan your personalized Athens experience in true southern style, taking in the beauty and fragrance of our lush heirloom garden.  This is the Athens Welcome Center!

Visitors Guides, Partner Links, and Local Resources

UGA Visitors Guide - Published by The Red & Black

UGA Visitors Guide - Published by The Red & Black

Athens CVB Visitors Guide

Athens CVB Visitors Guide

Flagpole Magazine Guide to Athens

Flagpole Magazine Guide to Athens


Athens, GA
Relocation Packet ▾

Moving to the Classic City? In advance of your move, order an Athens Relocation Packet to receive an assortment of Athens brochures, local and State maps, and other useful information about the area. Relocation Packets are shipped USPS Priority Mail at a cost of $8.50 each. Call 866-455-1820 to place an order. Already in the area? Stop by the Athens Welcome Center to pick up a Relocation Packet for free.

The Classic Center ▾

Northeast Georgia's premier convention center and performing arts theater is located downtown. With unique meeting space, event services, and entertainment options, it is a mainstay for conferences, meetings, and special events. Visit their website for a calendar of events.
Mon.- Fri. 8 am–5 pm
300 N. Thomas St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-208-0900 / 800-918-6393

The Taylor-Grady
House Museum ▾

Taylor-Grady House Museum The Taylor Grady House is a Greek Revival house museum open to the public and available for special events. It is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hours: M, W, F: 9 am–3 pm
Tu. & Th: 12 – 4 pm.
634 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.549.8688
Cost: Suggested donation $3.00 per person

UGA Visitors Center ▾

Located on the campus of the University of Georgia, the UGA Visitors Center provides information about campus, local accommodations, and special events. It offers student-led campus tours by appointment.
Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8 am–5 pm
405 College Station Rd
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.0842
Cost: Free

Georgia Museum
of Art ▾

Located on the campus of the University of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art is both an academic museum and the official art museum of Georgia. The permanent collection consists of 19th & 20th-century American paintings; American, European and Asian works; Italian Renaissance paintings; and a growing collection of southern decorative arts.
Hours: Tues.-Sat: 10 am–5 pm
un 1 pm–5 pm
90 Carlton St
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.4662
Cost: Free

University of Georgia ▾

Founded in 1785 as the nation’s first state-chartered university, the University of Georgia is a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities. As the State’s most comprehensive and diversified institution of higher education, UGA serves an integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the State’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.3000

Classic City Tours ▾

Classic City Tours, at the Athens Welcome Center, provides a full range of tour and transportation services for individuals and groups. Take the Heritage Tour, a guided bus tour of Athens, or visit antebellum homes on the Museum Mile Tour. Custom, self-guided, and step-on tours are available, as well as event transportation. Call for reservations and information. Mon.- Sat. 10 am–5 pm • Sun. 12 noon–5 pm
280 E. Dougherty St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-353-1820

Athens Convention
& Vistors Bureau (CVB) ▾

The Athens CVB markets and promotes Athens as a destination for meetings, conventions, and individual visitors. Their annual Visitors Guide is a helpful tool when visiting Athens – Available at the Athens Welcome Center.
Mon.- Fri. 9 am–5 pm
300 N. Thomas St.
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.357.4430

Athens Banner-Herald ▾

A complete listing of local and regional events courtesy of the Athens Banner-Herald Newspaper/onlineathens.com

Ware-Lyndon House
& Lyndon House Arts Center ▾

The Ware-Lyndon House is a fully restored house museum whose elaborate interior showcases the late 19th Century. It’s History Room displays artifacts illustrating Athens’ history. The Lyndon House Arts Center is the community’s visual arts complex and includes large galleries with rotating exhibits and a gift shop with works from over 100 artists. It hosts classes for adults and children.
Hours: Tue & Thu: 12–9 pm
Wed, Fri, & Sat: 9am –5 pm
Closed Sun & Mon
293 Hoyt St.
Athens GA 30601 Phone: 706.613.3623
Cost: Free

State Botanical Garden of Georgia ▾

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313 acre preserve under the direction of the University of Georgia. It includes nature trails, themed gardens, a special event venue, and a three-story conservatory complete with Garden Gift Shop and Café. Most areas are handicap accessible. Group tours available by reservation. Dogs are not permitted.
Grounds: Oct.–Mar: 8 am–6 pm
Apr.–Sep: 8 am–8 pm.
Visitors Center: Tue: 9 am–8:30 pm
Wed–Sat: 9 am–4:30 pm
Sunday 11:30 am–4:30 pm (closed Mon.)
Garden Shop & Café: Tue–Sun.
(closed Mon.)
2450 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706.542.1244
Cost: Donations appreciated
at the Visitors Center

Athens-Clarke County
Unified Government ▾

Athens-Clarke County is an open and responsive government facilitating a positive environment for individuals to obtain a high quality of life and for local organizations to achieve success by providing innovative, high-quality services, and responsible stewardship of the community's resources, to benefit current and future generations.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am–5 pm

Athens Historical Society ▾

The Athens Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, and the surrounding area. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, it welcomes members interested in Athens area history. It hosts educational programs promoting and stimulating public interest in and appreciation of the history of Athens.

P.O. Box 7745
Athens 30604
Email: athenshistorical@gmail.com

Accommdations ▾

A complete list of Athens area accommodations can be found HERE.

Flagpole Magazine
& Flagpole Guide to Athens ▾

Flagpole Magazine is Athens’ weekly arts and culture newspaper. The annual Flagpole Guide to Athens has in-depth information about the Athens community. Both are available at the Athens Welcome Center.
220 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.549.9523

T.R.R. Cobb House Museum ▾

The T.R.R. Cobb House museum serves as a resource center illuminating the life and accomplishments of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb. More than a museum, the historic facility is dedicated to historic conservation by promoting and fostering conversations about history during the 19th century.
Hours: Tues.- Sat. 10 am–4 pm • Closed Sun. & Mon.
Address 175 Hill Street
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.369.3513
Cost: Suggested $2.00 donation for adults; children & students free

Heritage Foundation ▾

Founded in 1967, the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (ACHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to local heritage and history and serves as the leading advocate promoting the importance of historic preservation to the future of the Athens community. The ACHF administers the Athens Welcome Center.
Hours: Mon.–Fri: 9 am–5 pm
489 Prince Avenue, Fire Hall No. 2
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.353.1801

UGA Special Collections Libraries ▾

The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to unique and rare materials related to the history and culture of Georgia. The library is comprised of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University Archives, the Richard B. Russell Jr. Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
Hours: Mon.—Fri: 8 am–5 pm
300 S Hull St
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.7123
Cost: Free

Athens Area Chamber
of Commerce ▾

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce serves its members by developing an environment conducive to business. It serves the community by fostering relationships that secure Athens as the commercial hub of northeast Georgia.
Hours: Mon.-Fri: 8:30 am–5 pm 246 W. Hancock Ave
Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.549.6000

Georgia Tourism ▾

Find your fun and put together your own "must-see" and "must-do" list from among Georgia's varied attractions.