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AthensUnited States of America

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
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH
The price is CA $128 per night

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! (976 reviews)

"Regal looking lobby, good parking. Had to check the provided map to find our building. Stay was during the Vid scare and had all recommended protections in place. Room was posh, clean and quiet. Great bed and pillows. Courtyard was large, pool, fire pits and plenty of sitting. The restaurant was ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2020

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
2.5 out of 5
924 East State Street, Athens, OH
The price is CA $132 per night

Situated in Athens, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Court Street and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Ohio University. Hot Dog Museum and John Calhoun Baker University ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (357 reviews)

"Computers were down but check in was still super fast and pleasant."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
Holiday Inn Express Logan
Holiday Inn Express Logan
2.5 out of 5
12916 Grey St, Logan, OH
The price is CA $157 per night

Situated in a state park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center and Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum. Hocking ...

4.3/5Excellent! (706 reviews)

"Hotel was clean and simple. Staff were nice. Very accommodating. We had a large dog and it was very easy for us to get in and out."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 15, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Logan

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Mar 21, 2020

For travels in difficult times the staff were positive. Fuel and food was available. No issues!!!

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