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Visit Athens

Thousands of Ohio University students call this city home during the academic year, but its cultural offerings and scenic settings entertain visitors year-round. 

Located on the scenic Hocking River in southeast Ohio, Athens is a lively college town. Since it was established in 1804, Ohio University has called Athens home. Experience a bustling city full of cultural attractions and events.

With just over 20,000 enrolled, Ohio University’s student body is almost as large as the population of Athens. Stroll among the brick buildings and manicured lawns on campus. The main entrance, which opens to the college green, is located at Court and Union streets. Explore the collections at the Kennedy Museum of Art, located on Ohio University’s campus. The museum hosts a variety of fascinating exhibits from all over the world.

Court Street and its many cross streets make up the heart of downtown. Enjoy a coffee at a local café or eat dinner at one of many restaurants. Boutiques, antique shops and convenience stores line the streets. The area gets even busier after the sun goes down, when students fill restaurants and bars.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Athens as a designated Tree City USA, which means the city is devoted to planting and caring for its plant life. Appreciate the greenery as you walk along Athen’s shady, tree-lined streets.

Visit Athens County Historical Museum. Photo essays, artifacts and various exhibits focus on Athens County through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Go hiking, biking or running on the Athens Trail Network. Begin at Sells’ City Park and take one of the 12 trails that make up the network. Walk through the woods and end at Strouds Run State Park. Go boating on Dow Lake or try fishing at Sells Pond.

Visit Dairy Barn Arts Center just south of downtown. This converted dairy barn hosts exhibits, events, programs and more that promote the area’s artists. Check a calendar on the official Dairy Barn Arts Center website to find out what’s on.

Athens is just over a 1-hour drive from Columbus, Ohio and just over a 3-hour drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Get around the city easily on foot. If you don’t want to walk, take a bus or rent a car.

Top Hotels in Athens

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Baymont by Wyndham Athens
Baymont by Wyndham Athens
2 out of 5
20 Home St, Athens, OH

Situated in Athens, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Court Street and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Ohio University. Hot Dog Museum and John Calhoun Baker University ...

3.7/5Good! (927 reviews)

"I have always found this Baymont to be clean and cordial to guests. I have stayed here many times and have yet to find fault with one single thing. Good job to this Baymont."…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Baymont by Wyndham Athens
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH
$83
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Convocation Center and Ohio University. Peden Stadium and John Calhoun Baker University Center are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (898 reviews)

"The OU in is THE best place to stay in Athens. A superb mix of architecture, great service, food and drink. We will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Hampton Inn Athens
Hampton Inn Athens
2.5 out of 5
986 East State Street, Athens, OH
$91
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Court Street and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Ohio University. Hot Dog Museum and John Calhoun Baker University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (393 reviews)

"Great stay. Clean property would recommend and stay again"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Hampton Inn Athens

Popular things to do in Athens

Hocking Hills State Park
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Hocking Hills State Park

4.5/5(143 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Hocking Hills State Park, a popular green space in Logan. Amble around the area's parks, or seek out its hiking trails.

Ohio University
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Ohio University

5/5(186 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Ohio University, a top college in Athens. Discover the bars and its entertainment venues while you're in the area.

Old Man's Cave
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Old Man's Cave

5/5(83 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Old Man's Cave, a lovely green space in Logan. Amble around the area's parks, or seek out its hiking trails.

Court Street
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Court Street

4.5/5(108 reviews)

During your trip to Athens, you can enjoy retail therapy at Court Street. While you're in the area, wander around the college campus.

Zaleski State Forest
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Zaleski State Forest

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Zaleski State Forest, a lovely green space in McArthur.

Lake Hope State Park
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Lake Hope State Park

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Hope State Park, a lovely green space in McArthur. You can seek out the hiking trails in this relaxing area.

Reviews of Athens

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

lots to see and do in the area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

Athens is all about Ohio University

5/5 - Excellent

Jackie’O

Nov 15, 2019

Love the vibe and people of Athens. Excellent college town with lots of great restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Love Athens.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

beautiful river path

5/5 - Excellent

Deb

Oct 8, 2019

We love to visit Athens, always something fun to do!

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