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Athens overview

Athens is a friendly place, distinct for its art and festivals, and known for its churches and library. You'll enjoy Athens's live music, sports and university spirit. Visitors can explore the campus and neighbourhood around John Calhoun Baker University Center and Ohio University. Don't miss your chance to see attractions like Hot Dog Museum and Convocation Center. If you're looking for a family-friendly getaway, Athens is for you.

Where to stay in Athens

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Athens has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Athens with by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all Athens hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Athens hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Athens

Fly in to Parkersburg, WV (PKB-Mid-Ohio Valley Regional), 35.5 mi (57.2 km) from central Athens. Columbus, OH (CMH-Port Columbus Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 62.4 mi (100.4 km) away.

What to see around Athens

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Convocation Center
  • • Peden Stadium
Art, festivals and live music are top highlights, along with cultural places like:
  • • Hot Dog Museum
  • • Dairy Barn Arts Center
  • • Starbrick Clay
  • • Stuart's Opera House
  • • Fur Peace Ranch
Take in the collegiate vibe with a visit to:
  • • John Calhoun Baker University Center
  • • Ohio University
  • • Hocking College
  • • Stone Valley Ranch
  • • Ohio Operating Engineers Logan Training Center
Here are some top sights to see:
  • • Fun Barn
  • • Shade Winery
  • • Rocky Factory Outlet Store
  • • Robbins Crossing Historical Village
  • • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

When to visit Athens

Curious about when the best time to visit is? Here are the seasonal trends to help with your planning:

Seasonal temperatures
  • January-March: 16°C day, -5°C night
  • April-June: 29°C day, 2°C night
  • July-September: 29°C day, 8°C night
  • October-December: 22°C day, -5°C night
Seasonal average rainfall
  • January-March: 243 cm
  • April-June: 308 cm
  • July-September: 276 cm
  • October-December: 227 cm
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