Summer is so sweet in Athens. Here are some of the best reasons to spend some time here!
Nonstop summer events – Students and locals say that a summer in Athens is “the best kept secret” for a reason! This summer hit Court Street for Boogie on the Bricks, a FREE community music and arts festival. In July, taps in bars all over Athens will feature different Ohio craft beers during Ohio Brew Week, a 9-day event which attracts brewers, distributors and beer lovers from around the state. There’s an event almost every weekend in the summer! Find detailed event listings HERE.
Go out to the ball game – Nothing says summer like watching America’s favorite pastime with a hot dog in one hand and a cold beer in the other. The Southern Ohio Copperheads are one of 11 teams in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League, and happen to play at Ohio University’s baseball field! Tickets are affordable and the games are a ball! Take a date or a group of friends and see who catches the most foul hits throughout the summer.
Get out on the water – When the weather gets hot, head to the lake to cool off. Go to Strouds Run State Park for a relaxing day at the beach. If sand between your toes isn’t your thing, grab a canoe, kayak or paddle board, and hit the water. Burr Oak State Park, Lake Hope State Park and Lake Snowden are scattered around Athens County and provide endless summer adventures. Touch the Earth Adventures offers truly breathtaking experiences like sunset paddles, full moon paddles and day hikes to hidden caves, waterfalls and other off-the-beaten-path places.
Brewed on the Bikeway – Sunny skies mean it’s time to add air to your tires and hop on your bicycle. The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is one of the most beloved paths to ride in Athens, running alongside the Hocking River. The 21-mile bikeway leads riders through Athens, all the way to Nelsonville. For an ideal Athens afternoon, follow the Brewed on the Bikeway map and make pit stops at Little Fish Brewing, Devil’s Kettle or Jackie O’s along the way.
Go to your favorite bar or tavern – Spend a summer evening enjoying your favorite watering hole! In the summer, lines aren’t as long, Uptown Athens patios are open, and cold hot-weather drinks are flowing. You’d be surprised by the familiar faces you’ll run into, and get ready to meet new friends who are also summering in Athens.
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Book your stay now! Find the perfect lodging for your perfect summertime trip to Athens HERE.