Spring is a great time to visit Athens and to spend time outdoors. - Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator for the City of Athens Department of Tourism.
(PRWEB) March 07, 2013
Warmer temperatures are bringing a fresh crop of flora and fauna to Athens, Texas. Right now, beautiful white blooms of the Bradford Pear trees can be seen throughout town, along with blooms from Redbud trees which are native to Texas. Athens tourism officials are expecting dogwoods and azaleas to begin to bloom in just a few weeks, with the peak color for the azaleas expected to arrive in late March.
Springtime also brings a diversity of birds during spring migration in Athens. Two of the most popular bird-watching locations are the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society.
In addition, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center offers monthly Bird & Nature Walks on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors may expect to see 25 or more different species on each outing. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a field guide, although they are not required. The Bird and Nature Walks take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and are free with regular paid admission.
The gardens of the East Texas Arboretum, which span one hundred acres, will soon come to life while bursting with spring color. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Arboretum's two miles of nature trails to view local plants, trees and wildlife. Interpretive signs guide walkers along the winding trail, past a spring-fed stream, across a 115-foot suspension bridge, and by the observation deck to take in the view.
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, fall foliage, fishing sites, 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, including hotel accommodations visit http://www.athenstx.org.