Athens, OH

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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.

Quality Inn
Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
20 Home St, Athens, OH, 45701
The price is $65 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
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"Perfect spot for a visit to Ohio University!"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Quality Inn
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH, 45701
The price is $143 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
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Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Super 8 by Wyndham Athens
Super 8 by Wyndham Athens
2 out of 5
2091 E State St, Athens, OH, 45701
The price is $73 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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3.4/5 Good! (570 reviews)
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Super 8 by Wyndham Athens
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Rustic Cabin
Rustic Cabin
Athens, OH
The price is $100 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Athens. Enjoy onsite parking, an arcade/game room, and a patio. Popular attractions Fun Barn and Hot Dog Museum are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Great weekend with my daughter and granddaughter!
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Rustic Cabin
Cozy Hocking Hills Couples Cabin | Private Hot Tub
Cozy Hocking Hills Couples Cabin | Private Hot Tub
Nelsonville, OH
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4.6/5 Exceptional! (68 reviews)
Nice Stay!
"I have to say I was surprised! I hope that doesn’t sound negative, because to me the place looked nicer in person than the pictures showed! Very clean and definitely a “Cozy Cabin”. I hope to go back sometime."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Cozy Hocking Hills Couples Cabin | Private Hot Tub
Luxurious pet friendly cabin with fenced yard! Close proximity to hiking and activities.
Luxurious pet friendly cabin with fenced yard! Close proximity to hiking and activities.
Logan, OH
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Perfect Getaway
"Spent Memorial Day weekend here with my wife and our 2 dogs. It couldn’t have been a better weekend. The wrap around deck that connects with the fenced in yard was perfect for our 2 dogs that just roamed outside. State park is 10-15 minutes away and a super easy drive. We would definitely stay here ..."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Luxurious pet friendly cabin with fenced yard! Close proximity to hiking and activities.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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