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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“This is a fun option for all ages, but is especially a hit for young ones. According to their website, their mission is "to provide an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas."”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Another personal favorite in Athens to stroll around. There are hiking trails, gardens, and special events ranging from local theater performances to gardening classes. Check their website and calendar for more info.”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Loved by the locals. Great service and great food!! 20 min drive from my lake home. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Burgers and small bites with craft beer made on-site. They also have live music most weekends.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Department Store
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Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Delicious cakes (especially the butter rum!), pies, bars and fudge! They also have soup, sandwitches and baked potatoes (the best broccoli cheese soup over baked potato).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Lake
  • 1 local recommends
Asian Restaurant
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“Amazing Asian food. We highly recommend the Shrimp Pad Thai. Say "hello" to Din the chef!!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“There are many Tex-Mex places in town, but this is a personal favorite. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and their breakfast burritos are the size of your face.”
  • 1 local recommends
Rv Park
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Remodeled historic movie theater featuring craft shows, concerts, and more.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Each autumn in Athens and Palestine, the picturesque landscape transforms to the vibrant colors as leaves begin to turn throughout the East Texas woodlands. The City of Athens Department of Tourism and Palestine Visitor Center have partnered together to offer visitors a 145-mile scenic driving trail along breathtaking scenic highwyas and byways connecting the two cities. Athens and Palestine are located in the Texas Forest Trail Region, where you will find beautiful autumn color displays of deciduous trees known to the region. There are a plethora of activities for people of all ages. Enjoy local wineries, fishing, nature walks, public art and art galleries, zipline adventures, train exp”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Loved by the locals. Great service and great food!! 20 min drive from my lake home. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious cakes (especially the butter rum!), pies, bars and fudge! They also have soup, sandwitches and baked potatoes (the best broccoli cheese soup over baked potato).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Amazing Asian food. We highly recommend the Shrimp Pad Thai. Say "hello" to Din the chef!!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“There are many Tex-Mex places in town, but this is a personal favorite. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and their breakfast burritos are the size of your face.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Outstanding service, indoor and outdoor seating, seafood is fantastic. Love the atmosphere of this very small establishment. BYOB, sometimes has live bands on weekends. Worth the 20 min drive! ”
  • 1 local recommends

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