To learn about the history of Athens, you'll want to begin your exploration on the Henderson County Square at the Henderson County Historical Museum. Here, you'll find flags from the Civil War, learn the particulars on how Athens became the "Black-eyed Pea Capital of the World" and how an Athens native known as "Old Dave" and "Uncle Fletcher" concocted the original hamburger. The largest attraction in Athens is certainly the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. This is the main location where Texas Parks and Wildlife raises most of the fish used to repopulate Texas lakes and waterways. They offer a fantastic tour which consists of several large freshwater tanks filled with everything from alligators to catfish. If you're looking to actually get into the water yourself, then head on over just a few blocks from the square to the Athens Scuba Park. Here, you'll find a Mediterranean-blue lake that is filled with boats, sunken planes and several obstacles that won't disappoint your diving experience. For a high-flying, exhilarating experience, head over to neighboring New York, TX for a zipline adventure, where you'll get a bird's eye view of this hidden mountain range in East Texas. When hunger strikes, head on over for a hamburger at the Railway Cafe or to Rounder's Pizza for the best pizza in town.