Athens County is a family's playground, bursting with fun-filled adventures kids of all ages will enjoy. Take a train ride into the past, a scenic hike, a bike ride along the Hocking River, or tour the first college campus in the Northwest Territory.
ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts is a multipurpose community arts space utilized by groups ranging from actors, dancers, and DJs to photographers, musicians, and neighborhood associations.
Run by the OU College of Fine Arts, the Athena Cinema is an art-house movie theater conveniently located in uptown Athens.
Athens Book Center offers a unique selection of new and used books, toys, games, puzzles, and much more. Coffee, espresso, and smoothies can be enjoyed while browsing the shelves or relaxing in the comfortable sitting areas. Free parking.
Called one of the nation's best markets by Audubon Magazine, the Athens Farmers Market is more than fresh produce. You'll also find meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, flowers and much more.
The Athens Arts Parks and Recreation Department maintains over 260 acres of land in 7 different locations, oversees many diverse facilities, and provides programs for all ages and interests.
With activities and exhibits all year round, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is respected regionally, nationally and internationally, and is a must-see for any Athens County visitor.
On the final Friday of every month, except December, galleries and shops on Nelsonville's Historic Public Square stay open late. Visitors are treated to art exhibits, plays, street performers or hands on workshops with the artists themselves.
A cyclist's dream, the 19-mile Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is a smooth and easy ride connecting Athens to Nelsonville. Ride along the banks of the winding Hocking River and make stops at Ohio University, Robbins Crossing, or Nelsonville's Historic Arts District.
Fast, fun and exhilarating, this adventure offers a unique opportunity to zip through the treetops. An amazing experience!
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Athens County. Completely restored to their original splendor, the Scenic Railway passenger cars are a treasure unto their own. Passengers are treated to a ride through the beautiful Hocking Hills Region, from Nelsonville to Logan or Haydenville and back.
Located deep in Zaleski Forest in Ohio near Lake Hope State Park, the Moonville Tunnel is all that remains from a small mining town that existed in the late 1850s.
In collaboration with the popular Final Fridays event on the Historic Square in downtown Nelsonville, local farmers will join the fray from 5pm-8pm every Final Friday from May through October.
The pomp and pageantry of NCAA Division I sports come to life at Ohio University in Athens. Students, faculty, locals, and family all don the green and white to root their beloved Bobcats to victory.
Don't forget your camera when you head out for the beautiful Quilt Barn Tour. No matter the season, the Quilt Barn Tour makes the perfect afternoon getaway. You'll see historic barns with quilt blocks painted by area artists and community groups, and all while driving on the scenic back roads of Athens County.
When the weather heats up, the boys of summer charge the baseball diamond. Bring the whole family out to watch the Southern Ohio Copperheads take on their Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League rivals.
Located on East State Street next to the Athens Community Center, the 17,000 square foot concrete skatepark is one of the most innovative and challenging parks in the Eastern United States.
The Chesterhill Produce Auction is a food hub managed by Rural Action
ABC Players is a nonprofit volunteer organization with a core of about thirty talented, dedicated members
Beat the heat with a trip to the Athens City Pool, open seasonally May - August.
History buffs and the slightly curious alike can enjoy the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. With fantastic exhibits year round there are always new stories to discover.
There are NO coins left for the History GeoTrail! However, caches are still active and you can complete the puzzle for fun.
Feel like ice skating? Ohio University's Bird Arena offers recreational ice skating and skate rental.
Dow's Rollarena in Nelsonville offers open skating sessions for roller and inline skaters. It can also be rented out for your special event.
An old mining town, The Eclipse Company Town is just two miles north of Athens and Ohio University off of US 33 and Johnson Road near The Plains. Or ditch the car and take the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway straight there.
Have a need for speed? Fast Traxx Motoplex has got it! Off-road motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles race before your eyes on Supercross, Motorcross, and Grand Prix courses.
Anyone can learn to create fiber arts at Fiber FUN Studio! They offer supplies and classes to support the artistic dreams and needs of weavers, knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists.
The BEST way to experience the Hocking Hills? With the Hocking Hills Adventure Adventure Trek! Choose from guided hikes, rappelling adventures, Shawnee Storytelling treks, and Naturalists-on-the-Go! See the permit-only areas of the Hocking Hills and other areas in Southeast Ohio.
From the moment you enter these lush, rolling hills, you sense that you've arrived someplace remarkable. The scenery is simply dazzling. Deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails.
John Hutchison raises Percheron horses on his farm in Vinton County. He offers a variety of wagon rides for festivals, tours, holiday celebrations and more.
Many of Southeast Ohio's coal mining boom towns still stand today. Tour the Little Cities of Black Diamonds and discover Athens County's rich past. Glouster, Trimble, Millfield, Sugar Creek and Buchtel are just a few of the little cities that were once flourishing economic centers for coal miners and their families.
Beat the heat with a trip to the Nelsonville Water Park, open seasonally May - August.
The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery is a hands-on, exploratory museum located in The Market on State.
From Peter Pan to Inherit the Wind, the Ohio Valley Summer Theater has been wowing audiences for over 55 years.
Putt People First is an eighteen-hole miniature golf course featuring hole obstacles unique to its Athens County sponsors. This game is a fun family experience unlike any other. And what's more, all proceeds benefit those with autism or other developmental disabilities.
A completely restored 1850'-era Ohio Village, Robbins Crossing is an interactive way to give yourself or the kids a great history lesson. Talk to villagers, watch the blacksmith at work, or stop into the General Store.
Rollerbowl Lanes features open bowling, youth and adult league bowling, and pool tournaments.
If you're looking for racing, Skyline Speedway is the place to be. The 3/8 mile, high banked track features 410 Sprints, Super Late Model, Street Stock, AMRA Modified, Pure Stock and 4 Cylinder races.
Stop at the Smoke Rise Ranch for a quick horseback ride and you may not want to leave.
Looking for a great team-building group activity? Try Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits' Challenge Course at The Ridges.