By Carrie Mauldin
As a bleak winter wraps up and the blazing winds of summer roll into Athens, its time to spend less time cooped up indoors and get out and explore all that UGA and Athens has to offer. From sweet study spots to places to chill out on a sunny day, UGA has it all. You just have to get out and explore, which is exactly what I did on one single, beautiful day. That’s right, a day full of discovering the best places to hang out on campus and finding out some “sweet” places and activities.
The first stop of my journey began at none other than the historical UGA Arch. Walking past the landmark rather than under to avoid any bad voodoo, the first thing to catch my attention was the plethora of students out and about enjoying several spots on North Campus to study, hang out (literally, since North Campus has several trees to hang your beloved Eno hammocks from) and soak in the new rays of the spring sun. Herty Field especially is a significant point of interest for any student wishing to rest and relax on a nice day. Whether you’re laying out on the luscious green grass, surrounded by a plethora of gorgeous flowers and shrubbery, or playing a game of ultimate with your friends, Herty Field is definitely a great place to get out and have some fun.
What’s next after Herty Field? The Founders Memorial Garden, of course. This beautiful garden is tucked away next to Joe Brown Hall and offers a pleasant stroll through a variety of flowers, shrubbery and trees. Free to admire for anyone, the Founders Memorial Garden is certainly a “sweet” spot for students to take in the beauty of creative landscaping. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the birds chirping above you.
After drifting down Lumpkin towards the MLC from the Founders Garden, the next great spot is the amphitheater located behind the MLC. Comprised of eight tiers of grass and stone and surrounded by pines and magnolias, the UGA amphitheater is certainly a magnificent place for anyone to spread out their schoolwork and get work done on a gorgeous summer day.
With three stops down and more to go, the sun was rising high above campus, offering warmth and a cool breeze. It made for a perfect day for campus exploration. My next discovery wasn’t for a while, since it was not until South Campus that I came across the large oval patch of neatly manicured and vibrant grass and trees located behind the Boyd Graduate Research Studies building. On a nice, sunny day this can be the perfect spot for some outdoor studying or simple rest and relaxation. With a special spot near the end to set up a hammock, and ample grass to rest upon, how could this not be a great spot for anyone?
What could possibly make this spot any better? The Creamery, of course! Located at the bottom of the Environmental Health Sciences building, the Creamery can easily be spotted with its yellow, neon cursive sign posted in the window. Inside are a variety of snacks and sweet treats for anyone.
Campus isn’t the only place in Athens that offers some great spots for studying. After exploring some of what UGA has to offer, I directed my journey down South Milledge to the State Botanical Gardens. With no charge to tourists, the botanical garden consists of a wide array of running trails, various themed gardens and an indoor greenhouse full of exotic trees and shrubs. Visitors can explore plants from all over the world, like coffee plants from Africa or numerous herbs and spices.
So with summer rolling in, take a chance to explore some cool new places around campus!