Activities in Athens

Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River from Sunburst Adventures (Up to 61% Off). Three Options Available.

Sunburst Adventures

Benton

$54 $25

Guides lead novices and skilled rafters down Ocoee River during half-day adventures

$29.95 for a Half Day of River Rafting for One from Adventures Unlimited ($59.95 Value)

Adventures Unlimited

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$59.95 $29.95

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Rafters soar through the rapids of the Middle Ocoee River during 6-mile, three-and-a-half-hour adventures

$35 for a Zipline Tour for One at Ocoee Zipz ($79 Value)

Ocoee Zipz

Benton

$79 $35

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Patrons zip from one tower to the next at speeds up to 45 mph over 40 acres of Ocoee's rustic riverside scenery

$49 for an Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tour from Wildwater ($89 Value)

Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tour

Ducktown

$89 $49

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Three-hour tour lets guests fly through the forest on nine ziplines

Whitewater Rafting on Middle Ocoee River from High Country Adventures (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

High Country Adventures

2

$88 $35

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Experienced rafter guides beginners and experts down the Middle Ocoee River’s Class III and IV rapids

One or Three Horseback Riding Lessons for One or Two People at Wagner's Farm (Up to 54% Off)

Wagner's Farm

1

$80 $40

Students learn the basics of riding on horseback during lessons under a seasoned riding instructor

$199.99 for an Eight-Hour, Guided Drift-Boat Trout Fishing Trip for Two from Lake and Stream Guide Service ($425 Value)

Lake and Stream Guide Service

Toccoa River

$425 $199.99

Guides load up gear into a 16-foot boat before taking anglers out on the trout-filled waters of the Toccoa River for a full day of fishing

$49 for a Whitewater-Rafting Adventure for Two from Big Frog Expeditions ($90 Value)

Big Frog Expeditions

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$90 $49

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Rafts plunge over 26 Adventure Class rapids on five-mile trips on the middle portion of the Ocoee River

Visit for Two or Four to Museum Center at 5ive Points (Up to 45% Off)

Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland

$10 $6

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Learn about the history of the Ocoee region through permanent exhibits, or temporary exhibits about the Civil War or dirt track racing

One-Hour I Tried Scuba Experience for One, Two, Four, or Six at Quick's Diving Services (Up to 50% Off)

Quick's Diving Services

6

$30 $15

After 30 minutes of poolside instruction, plunge into a 90,000-gallon indoor pool for your first taste of scuba with real tanks and masks

One Session on the Alpine Climbing Tower for One, Two, Four, or Six at Outdoor Adventure Rafting (Up to 58% Off)

Outdoor Adventure Rafting

Benton

$31 $15

Variety of upward routes on 50-foot climbing structure ensure no two climbs are same; features teeter-totter, cargo nets, and swinging areas

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As former designers of water courses at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Whitewater Express opens up the wonders of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to youth groups, coworkers venturing out on corporate outings, and outdoorsy vacationers with a wealth of activities and exploration opportunities at four different camps. Visitors hike and bike through the fresh, pine-scented air of the Great Smoky Mountains at the Ocoee location, which features 225-plus acres of unspoiled wilderness?or raft past downtown Columbus on a Chattahoochee River trip. Guests can survey the scenery as guides pilot whitewater rafts and kayaks down the scenic Ocoee and Nantahala Rivers; relax in rustic log cabins; or play paintball on a woodsy outdoor course.

196 Eagle Ranch Road
Copperhill,
TN
US

At first glance, Purdy's Petting Zoo looks like a traditional barnyard: ducks quack and waddle, lop-eared rabbits silently hop, and pygmy goats nibble stalks of grass. But in addition to these familiar creatures, the zoo is home to exotic animals such as kangaroos, peacocks, zebras, and African tortoises. After feeding and petting the animals, visitors can mine for gems or fish for blue channel catfish in an onsite pond. The zoo also hosts field trips and birthday parties with pony rides.

120 Plemons Rd
Sweetwater,
TN
US

Jim Quick is an outdoor jack-of-all-trades. The former Marine has not only taught scuba for the past two decades, he is also a wilderness first responder, and holds certifications from an alphabet of organizations including SSI, NAUI, and the YMCA. Take one of his classes with Quick's Diving Services to learn how to snorkel in a shallow reef or dive deep under the waves to uncover oceanic treasures. He and his team of upbeat instructors also train students in scuba rescue and first aid through comprehensive courses that can turn even the newest beginner into a divemaster, given enough time and effort. When they aren't teaching courses, the instructors also run trips to the gulf shores, Philadelphia Quarry, and Morrison Springs.

143 Durkee Road
Cleveland,
TN
US

The exhibits within Museum Center at 5ive Points tell the rich story of the Ocoee Region of Tennessee. The main focal point is The River of Time: a permanent installation that traces the history of Bradley County, incorporating everything from military photographs to Native American artifacts. Five to six other exhibits rotate in and out regularly, while the museum store stands as an attraction in its own right. The shelves brim with various Appalachian arts and crafts, all made within a 150-mile radius of the museum. Self-guided school tours are available daily, making it easy for students to learn about their region's past without having to build a time machine in shop class.

200 Inman St. E
Cleveland,
TN
US

After paddling his way into the U.S. Olympic Team–trial finals twice, Jeff West, founder of Ace Kayaking School, began sharing his love of the sport with readers of popular publications and more than 5,000 eager students. Striving for a maximum 3:1 instructor to student ratio in all of his courses, Jeff and his team teach key skills to beginners and experienced rollers alike while gliding down the Ocoee River's famous Table Saw rapids. In addition to whitewater kayaking, Ace teaches stand-up paddleboarding and the advanced waterfall navigating techniques of creek boating and freefalling in a barrel.

2368 Old Federal Road
Ocoee,
TN
US

On June 22, hundreds of runners will convene in Benton to tackle towering stacks of hay, muddy trenches draped in barbed wire, and other grimy obstacles along a 5K race known as The Conquest. Heats take off in the morning and continue throughout the day along a course that gets muddier and more challenging with each group of runners. After the final heat, participants can attend an after party to recount the day’s fun amid live tunes from Calling Glory.

1371 U.S. 64
Ocoee,
TN
US