City of Athens Department of Tourism Announces Arrival of Fresh Spring Blooms and Spring Activities

Athens, TX (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

The City of Athens is a flourishing community 75 miles southeast of Dallas that offers one-of-a-kind experiences you won’t find anywhere else.

Walk along a tree covered path at the East Texas Arboretum and make your way along winding, spring-fed streams connected by a 115-foot suspension bridge. Explore two miles of nature trails, see honeybees at work, and take a step back in time at the Wofford House museum, c. 1850. During the spring, the gardens explode with breathtaking color and picturesque displays. Spring brings a variety of birdlife during spring migration. Both the East Texas Arboretum and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center are excellent birding spots.

Grab a handful of pellet food from the coin-operated dispensers at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, toss it to dozens of blue and channel catfish and watch as they swiftly appear at the Farm Pond exhibit. Several of the blue catfish weigh up to 30 pounds so feedings can make for a slightly wet experience. Don’t miss the daily dive show presentation led by a scuba diver as he hand feeds fish in the 26,000 gallon aquarium. The two way communication allows the audience to ask questions of the diver during the show for an interactive experience.

Athens was one of the first cities in Texas to receive its designation as a Go Texan Certified Retirement Community. With a population of more than 12,000 residents, Athens offers a number of features that attracts visitors and retirees, from its cultural heritage and higher education to restaurants, festivals, lakes, art galleries, rodeos, and shopping. In Athens, folks can enjoy a sip of local Texas wine, get scuba certified, buy produce at the local farmer’s market, play a round of golf, and attend a concert or live theater performance at the community theater which celebrates its 50th anniversary season this year. For a complete list of things to do and see, hotel accommodations and upcoming events, visit or call 1-888-294-2847 to request a free visitor’s guide.

About the City of Athens:

The City of Athens, Texas is a scenic, idyllic town offering relaxation and a break from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. With its nature trails, gardens, fall foliage, historical museum, fishing sites and scuba diving facilities, rodeos and vineyard, it appeals to adventure enthusiasts and casual travelers alike. Athens is also the nationally acclaimed “home of the original hamburger.” For more information about Athens, visit

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