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Isabella Milstead sits patiently next to Sam Green as he ties fishing line to his pole on a dock at Dow Lake in Strouds Run State Park while soaking in the early spring warmth on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The ultimate Athens summer bucket list

The end of school is quickly approaching and summer is only a few weeks away. While some may head home for the summer, many people will be staying in Athens for the infamous "Athens summer" experience. Athens may be a small city, but don't let that fool you; there's plenty of things to do. 

Daydream of those fast-approaching summer days with an ultimate Athens summer bucket list. Here are six fun Athens activities to add to your list:

Water activities at Dow Lake

Dow Lake is located in Strouds Run State Park. The 161-acre lake is the perfect spot for cooling off from the hot summer. The park offers boating; you can bring your own or rent one. If boating isn't your speed, you can also go paddleboarding, kayaking or swimming in the lake. 

For boat rental information, call (740)-594-2628. 

Volleyball tournament at Strouds Run State Park 

Strouds Run State Park also has a 700-foot sand beach on the east side of Dow Lake. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Gather your friends and grab a volleyball. Then, unleash your competitive side by having a volleyball tournament on the beach.

Hiking in Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills is a state park located near Athens in Logan. It boasts six hiking trails, varying in degrees of difficulty. Here, you can work out and enjoy nature all at the same time. Additionally, Hocking Hills features activities like hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing. 

Hammocking on South Green

Soak up the sun and beautiful scenery on Ohio University's campus. Take advantage of the numerous trees by relaxing in a hammock. Hammocking is perfect for reading a book or taking a nap. Find a hammock online at Amazon or at a store such as DICK'S Sporting Goods. 

Weekend trip to Columbus

Live the city life by taking a weekend trip to the state capital. The list of things to do in Columbus is endless. Treat your taste buds at The North Market or go shopping at Easton Town Center. You can also explore the Columbus Museum of Art or COSI Science Center. No matter what you choose to do, you're guaranteed a fun-filled Columbus weekend getaway. 

Athens Farmers Market

Athens Farmers Market is open year-round every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Also, its Wednesday market days begin April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Over the summer, it is located in the front parking lot of The Market on State mall in Athens. According to its website, the Athens Farmers Market is rated one of the best markets in Ohio. It offers an array of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, preserves and more. It is a great way to support local businesses and eat delicious food. Afterward, grab your friends and cook a meal with the goods you purchased. 


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