Better clean your room; Mom’s coming to town this weekend! Mothers, aunts and grandmas will venture to Athens at the end of the week for Ohio University’s popular Moms Weekend. Although you’ll find many moms on Court Street this weekend, there are many other ways to have a fun, low-key Moms Weekend in Athens.
With all the bar crawling that will be taking place on Court Street, going out for a drink with Mom may seem overwhelming. Head to the local breweries around town for a more laid-back scene. Little Fish Brewing Co. and Devil’s Kettle Brewing are two of the newest microbreweries in town, but they’ve already made a name for themselves. If craft beers aren’t Mom’s go-to drink, visit the West End Ciderhouse to try house-made ciders and enjoy a board game. Head to Athens Uncorked to taste a wide variety of wines in a cool, comfortable atmosphere.
Share the beauty of nature
The beauty of Athens is on display during the spring season. Take a ride on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, being sure to stop to enjoy the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees near The Convocation Center. Take a hike! There are many trail systems around Athens County with scenery perfect for a photo with Mom. Try the Ridges Trails to climb to Radar Hill; one of the most spectacular views of Athens.
Visit White’s Mill
If you’re looking for a uniquely Athens experience this Moms Weekend, visit an Athens hidden gem, White’s Mill. Venture outside Ohio University and explore this historic landmark, which sits along the Hocking River and is the perfect place to shop for local art, jewelry and gardening accessories. Make a day of shopping around Athens! SO many local shops and boutiques to enjoy.
Athens Food Truck Tour
Athens is a town known for its great eats. What Mom might not know is that some of the best meals are being cooked and served out of a truck or cart! From burritos and hotdogs to soups and salads, Athens’ food trucks are a staple on our brick streets. Many vendors use locally-sourced food and are proud partners of our 30 Mile Meal program. Experience local eats, original to Athens, when you go on a food truck tour!
When thousands of moms come to town on the same weekend, finding a room can be a challenge. However, many guests are unaware of the great cabins, cottages and B&B’s in Athens County. Check out the unique and charming places to spend a night off the beaten path in the rolling Appalachian hills—just minutes from Uptown!
One of the best features of Athens is how walkable of a town it is. Park your car in a university lot on campus after 3 p.m. on Friday until end of the day on Sunday. Red and blue lots and students garages are restricted to those without a parking pass all weekend.
Ohio University offers a variety of events to enjoy with your mom! What’s your favorite way to give your mom a taste of the Athens life? Share pictures of some of your favorite Moms Weekend memories using #AthensOhio.