9 Things to Do in Athens That You Shouldn't Miss

November 26, 2017 Leida Jutras

Athens is a city in and the county seat of Athens County, Ohio, United States. Athens is most widely known as the home of Ohio University, a large public research university with an enrollment of more than 36,800 students across all campuses. Located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio, Athens is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. The official population of Athens in the 2010 U.S. Census was 23,832, with a daytime population of over 40,000
Restaurants in Athens

1. Escape Room Athens

1005 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2151 +1 740-589-7737
Excellent
87%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 80 reviews

Escape Room Athens

Escape Room Athens is Athens, Ohio’s greatest live puzzle game! You and up to 11 other people will be locked in a room together and will have to work as a team to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to get out before time runs out! Will you make it?

Reviewed By 2niagara - Cleveland

It's difficult sometimes finding a family activity that teenage boys enjoy, but the Escape Room fit the bill! This was our first "escape" experience, but it was great! Communication and interaction is a must - and there are no electronics (cellphones) involved! We went to dinner afterward and kept the discussion going. We highly recommend The Escape Room and will probably do it again in another city!

2. Pleasant Hill Vineyards

5015 Pleasant Hill Rd, Athens, OH 45701-8752 +1 740-502-3525
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 29 reviews

Pleasant Hill Vineyards

Reviewed By Jeannene A - Hannacroix, New York

We saw the sign for the winery and decided to stop in. Glad we did. We were on our way to Texas on vacation, and our server was from El Paso! We had a great visit with her. I'm sorry we didn't get her name. We chose to do 5 tastings. They have two different "courses" - sweet to medium, medium to dry. 3 of the wines were delicious, even the red she served was good, although we are not red wine people. The tasting room is in a really neat cabin, they have small plates you could lunch on. They were getting ready for a dinner/wine pairing, and we got the history of the grapes and area - including the name of another vineyard just down the road. We wished we had more time, because we would have signed up for dinner/wine pairing, but we had to move on.

3. Athens Farmers Market

1000 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2121 +1 740-593-6763
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 24 reviews

Athens Farmers Market

Reviewed By pjm936 - Athens, Ohio

The conveniece of buying local vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs is the main attribute of the Athens Farmers Market. Many in the community talk often of their positive interactions with vendors/farmers. It is a great time to communicate with community while picking up fresh food. It is the ideal place to shop for in-season produce as well as meats, cheeses and eggs.

4. Dairy Art Barn

Dairy Lane, Athens, OH +1 740-592-4981
Excellent
54%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Dairy Art Barn

Reviewed By Mary Jane T - Raleigh, North Carolina

We've been wanting to go here other times we've visited Athens. This year we went and I can say I've been here. We were really only interested in the gift shop to buy local craft items for gifts. But the hostess was put out that we didn't want to pay $10 to see the quilt show and that she had to sit in the gift shop while we shopped. She made all of us very uneasy with her uber watchful eye. When I checked out, she was not very pleasant. I doubt I'll return.

5. Strouds Run State Park

11661 State Park Rd, Athens, OH 45701-9781 +1 740-767-3570
Excellent
27%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Strouds Run State Park

Reviewed By Jennifer S - Columbus, Ohio

Wonderful place for hiking in the Athens area. Definitely recommend anyone go who is looking for a nice hike. The views are nice around the lake. You can also relax at the beach or rent a kayak or canoe. There are many picnic tables and shelters around the park.

6. O'Betty's Hot Dog Museum

15 W State St, Athens, OH 45701-2511 +1 740-589-6111
Excellent
75%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

O'Betty's Hot Dog Museum

Reviewed By Megan R

The food is absolutely delicious! the decorations aren't quite my thing but only add to the casual quirky atmosphere. My favorite hot dog there is called the Mata hari-a hot dog with chili and cole slaw on top. the fries are perfection, nice and crisp. perfect for lunch or a late night snack...very reasonable prices

7. Little Fish Brewing

8675 Armitage Rd, Athens, OH 45701-8900 +1 740-204-6187
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Little Fish Brewing

Reviewed By Rodney R - Columbus, Ohio

Little Fish Brewery is the youngest (at tnis writing) brewery in town--Devil's kettle has been open about one month longer. Both Little Fish and Devil's Kettle have been open a little over a year.
Little Fish has a great variety of beers, always trying something new. Their focus, in time, will be on sour beers. They have created a few already, and they are some of my favorites that i have had there.
There's no kitchen for food, but there is always a food truck there, with very tasty offerings.
When it's warm out, there are large doors that are opened to let the outside in, as well as a large picnic area with picnic tables.
Little Fish is on the west side of town, and I don't think I could make a visit to Athens without stopping by for a few beers and maybe a growler or howler to go.
Definitely worth a stop when you're in town! Make it a point to stop in.

8. Devil's Kettle Brewing

97 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701-1313 +1 740-541-4349
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Devil's Kettle Brewing

Reviewed By greenluck007 - somewhere

Excellent brews served here in this fairly new establishment. They keep one beer on a rotating nitro tap which was fabulous. Parking was tucked behind the building but was free and plentiful. Outdoor patio area is nice in the summer. The brews were all very good, and covered most popular styles. They offer growlers (large and small) to go. No full kitchen here but they do offer snacks. Overall very nice and simple brewery, offering some of the best brews I've had in a while. My only complaint is they do not have a web site only a "book" page.

9. Athens Yoga

77 1/2 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2541 +1 740-232-9642
Athens Yoga

Athens Yoga Studio is a place for the community, and teachers, to grow together in their practice. We offer classes of all kinds, as well as Thai and Medical massage

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