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Athens is a charming town located in Henderson County in east-central Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,710 residents. One of east Texas' best-kept secrets, Athens is filled with natural beauty and enough attractions to keep the whole family satisfied, while being small enough to retain its' small southern town charm. The city of Athens was selected as one of the first "Certified Retirement Communities in Texas. It's also billed as the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World." It's just a short drive from the city of Dallas, so it's the perfect weekend getaway. Athens is also nationally recognized as the "Home of the Original Hamburger," yes - that's right - the American hamburger was born right here in the town of Athens, Texas! Attractions in the city include the East Texas Arboretum, the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex, the Henderson County Historical Museum and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Athens is also host to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the nation. Downtown Athens has eclectic shops, boutiques, art galleries, theater and many restaurants. It's also home to a Farmer's Market every Saturday, May through October.

Surrounding areas: Eustace, Texas (11.3 mi), Cedar Creek Lake, Texas (18.1 mi), Edom, Texas (18.5 mi), Lake Palestine, Texas (23.7 mi), Canton, Texas (24.3 mi), Richland Chambers Reservoir, Texas (27.5 mi), Hide-a-way Lake, Texas (30.4 mi)

Athens Vacation Rentals

Athens Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn On The Hill2050 Hwy 31 EastAthens, TX (903) 675-9214
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1119 E Tyler StAthens, TX (903) 675-2500
Super 8205 Dallas Hwy 175Athens, TX (903) 675-7511
Best Western Inn-canton2251 N Trade Days BlvdCanton, TX25.9 mi.(903) 567-6591
Comfort Inn & Suites2406 N Trade Days BlvdCanton, TX25.9 mi.(903) 567-0909

Athens Weather & Climate

Northeast Texas has a humid, subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Warm, dry winds from the north and west cause summer temperatures to often soar over 100 degrees F. This is one of the hottest regions of the United States during the summer. Winters are generally mild with clear, sunny skies. Sometimes, strong cold fronts in winter known as "Blue Northers" will pass through the region, causing nighttime lows to drop below 25 degrees F. It generally snows 1 or 2 days per year, with an average accumulation of 1.8 inches. However, daytime highs around 70 are not uncommon in winter. Spring weather is warm but can be volatile. Severe thunderstorms are common, along with lightening, heavy rain, hail and possible tornadoes. Northeast Texas is located in the heart of Tornado Alley.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 35°F 2.96 in. -
February 62°F 39°F 3.37 in. -
March 69°F 45°F 3.70 in. -
April 75°F 54°F 3.47 in. -
May 82°F 62°F 4.82 in. -
June 88°F 70°F 3.95 in. -
July 93°F 72°F 1.74 in. -
August 94°F 71°F 2.43 in. -
September 87°F 66°F 3.07 in. -
October 78°F 55°F 4.70 in. -
November 67°F 44°F 3.94 in. -
December 58°F 37°F 3.88 in. -

Athens Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tyler Pounds Regional airport (TYR) located about 28 miles east of Athens in Tyler, Texas, the Majors airport (GVT) located approximately 60 miles north of Athens in Greenville, Texas, the East Texas Regional airport (GGG) located roughly 67 miles east of Athens in Longview, Texas, and finally Dallas Love Field (DAL) located around 73 miles northwest of Athens in Dallas, Texas.

Athens Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
State Fair of TexasDallasTX68.0 mi.
SpeedZoneDallasTX68.0 mi.
Boardwalk Fun ParkGrand PrairieTX76.3 mi.
Sandy Lake Amusement ParkCarrolltonTX79.4 mi.
Six Flags Over TexasArlingtonTX81.7 mi.
Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborArlingtonTX81.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Athens Country ClubAthensTX 
Echo Creek Country ClubMurchisonTX8.1 mi.
Star Harbor Municipal Golf CourseMalakoffTX9.6 mi.
Pinnacle Country ClubMabankTX17.9 mi.
Pine Dunes Resort & Golf ClubFrankstonTX23.4 mi.
Indian Oaks Golf CourseKempTX26.8 mi.
Kings Creek Country ClubKempTX26.8 mi.
State Parks
Tyler State ParkTX37.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Caldwell ZooTylerTX34.0 mi.
Dallas Aquarium at Fair ParkDallasTX68.0 mi.
Dallas World AquariumDallasTX68.0 mi.
Dallas ZooDallasTX68.0 mi.
Cameron Park ZooWacoTX88.3 mi.
Ellen Trout ZooLufkinTX89.3 mi.
Fort Worth Zoological ParkFort WorthTX92.7 mi.
Fossil Rim Wildlife CenterGlen RoseTX111.1 mi.

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