Summer Vacation Plans Are Heating Up in The City of Athens, TX

With summertime just around the corner, the picturesque city of Athens, Texas is spreading the word about its upcoming summer events and activities.

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One of the biggest fireworks displays in East Texas will light up the skies over the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and adjacent Lake Athens on July 4 for Fireworks at the Fishery.

Fireworks light up the skies over the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center at the annual Fireworks at the Fishery July 4.

Athens is a family-friendly destination that offers a variety of opportunities to explore nature and the great outdoors while participating in fun summer events, said Sherri Skeeters, tourism coordinator for the City of Athens Department of Tourism.

Athens, Texas (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Known for its natural beauty, the City of Athens is host to several family-friendly events and activities that visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this summer. Beginning in June, summer happenings will kick-off as nature-lovers and adventure-seekers alike make their way to Athens.

As always, Athens takes advantage of its surroundings by creating events that promote nature. Summertime is peak season for nearby blueberry farms, where guests can pick their own berries. Visitors will be able to sample even more of the local bounty at the award-winning Athens Farmer's Market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the City's downtown area.

In addition, fishing enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to attend National Fishing Day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) on June 7 with free admission for children who are 12 and under. On July 4, the TFFC will celebrate Independence Day, with one of the biggest fireworks displays in East Texas, as fireworks light up the skies over the TFFC and adjacent Lake Athens. Visitors are also welcome to take part in the TFFC's popular Bird and Nature Walk that takes place on the second Saturday of every month.

Community events are also on tap for Athens this summer. The third annual Juneteenth Black Rodeo will be held on June 14 at the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex. The event will feature bull riding, relay races, ladies barrel racing and other activities. On July 26, the Cain Center will host Ready, Set, Glow Run, an evening fun run that is family-friendly and involves colorful lights and glow sticks.

Athens tourism coordinator, Sherri Skeeters, says the City's tourism website also offers coupons for participating restaurants and hotels that will help make a family vacation more affordable. "Athens is a family-friendly destination that offers a variety of opportunities to explore nature and the great outdoors while participating in fun summer events," says Skeeters.

Athens has a plethora of natural resources to explore including hills, lakes, and wildlife. This emphasis on the great outdoors provides an array of activities year-round such as boating, fishing, bird watching, golfing, and water skiing. For a complete list of things to do and see, hotel accommodations and upcoming events, visit http://www.AthensTX.org or call 1-888-294-2847 to request a free visitor's guide.

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, gardens, fall foliage, historical museum, fishing sites and 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, visit http://www.AthensTX.org.