- TripBuzz found 70 things to do with kids in or near Athens, Alabama, including 63 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Decatur, Huntsville and Madison.
- From Tennessee Valley Zoo to Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, the Athens area offers 47 different types of family activities, including: Hiking Trails, Walking Trails, Zoos and Movie Theaters.
- Athens acts as the midway point between the metropolitan areas of Nashville and Birmingham along Interstate 65. It is even adjacent to Huntsville but offers more outdoor recreation opportunities than the larger city. The undeveloped areas within the city limits serve as parks that offer hiking, walking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.
Smith Lake Park is located on the shores of the 21,200 acre Lewis Smith Lake. It features 9 cabins, 61 tent sites, 500 miles of shoreline, a pool, playgrounds, a boat launch, and more so guests can enjoy outdoor fun.
The 2,200-acre Tims Ford State Park is located along the Tims Ford Reservoir and Lake. Multiple lodging opportunities are available within the park itself, and guests can participate in boating, fishing, jet skiing, camping, and golfing.