Take a break: Things to do in Athens
By Rachel Ferchak, SUSI web manager
Athens is an eclectic mix of older architecture, brick roads and small boutiques. With its down-to-earth and low-key atmosphere, it’s a great setting for a break from your busy schedule.
Court Street, the main street in uptown Athens, has a variety of cafes, small eateries, pubs, clothing boutiques, gift shops, art stores, bookstores and even a cinema, The Athena, which shows Independent and foreign films.
Glance through the magazine and book collections at Little Professor Book Center. Send a unique card home from Cross Court Cards & Gifts. Peek into the past at Athens Underground. Finally, grab a quick bite at Brenen’s.
SUSI scholar Claudia Schwarz describes how she spent some of her free time. In her blog, Dr. Schwarz explains her time on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, a 19-mile, flat and paved stretch that follows the Hocking River through Ohio University and Athens, Wayne National Forest and Nelsonville. She rented a bike, which, she says, expanded [her] world drastically.
You can also capture the natural beauty of Athens by walking, biking or hiking through the forests and rolling hills of the region. Take a stroll on the nature trail at the Ridges, just a short walk from University Courtyard, or head to Strouds Run State Park (pictured below) to have a picnic by the lake.
No matter whether you prefer window shopping in uptown Athens or hiking through the Hocking Hills, there’s something to provide a break from the classroom.