Historic Downtown Athens
Welcome to downtown Athens - our home and treasure!
Affectionately referred to 'The Square' by locals, our downtown is the heart and spirit of Limestone County.
During your visit, we invite you to dine, shop, and celebrate with us. With a variety of restaurants, retail businesses, and events, there's something for all ages to enjoy. Stop by any restaurant to purchase your favorite beverage, or grab an ice cream at an orginal soda fountain and stroll throughout the district.
Patrons who visit downtown Athens can take a break at the tables under the shade trees on the Limestone County Courthouse lawn and listen to the music streaming popular tunes. While on the lawn, learn more about Judge Horton and the restored 1871 bell which is ready for you to give it a ring.
Just blocks off the Square, you'll find a number of attractions including the Houston Memorial Library, this historic home and public library of Governor George Smith Houston and the Alabama Veterans Museum just north of the district on Pryor Street. The Alabama Veterans Museum's collection contains an impressive display of artifacts from the Revolutionary War to present day.
At the Athens-Limestone County Visitors' Center located at 100 North Beaty Street, pick up self-guided tours including the Antebellum Trail that takes you through the historic neighborhood districts surrounding the Square.
Just behind the Visitors' Center, take a moment to walk along the water and feed the ducks at Big Spring Memorial Park. Be sure to snap a photo under the light bulb sculpture that memorialized when electricity arrived in town.
You're always welcome here in downtown Athens, Alabama.