Thanksgiving can be a time to spend with family and enjoy good food. But if you are far from family and not able to make it home for the holidays it can be disappointing. If you’re living in Athens, Ohio, and can’t make it home for Thanksgiving break, don’t worry—there’s plenty to do! 

Here, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the best activities in Athens. From breakfast spots to hot dog museums to community service, whether you’re looking to stay busy or just take it easy this Thanksgiving—Athens has something for everyone!

Try Local Food & Coffee Spots

If you are looking to relax and take it easy for the day or just want some great coffee, Court Street Coffee is a must-visit during your thanksgiving break. This local coffee shop is ideally located as it is right across the street from College Green. Court Street Coffee packs a lot of character and creativity into its drinks and has such a wide selection that you could try something new every time you come. One drink that you should not pass up is the Bobcat Latte.  

When living in Athens, Ohio, you have a lot of great food options at your fingertips. Cutler’s Restaurant, 2021 Diners Choice winner, located within Ohio University Inn and Conference Center is always a popular choice. Recently renovated, this restaurant—with its charming American colonial-inspired design—offers a delicious array of specialty comfort food.

With a diverse menu, there is something for everyone whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Everything is also prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients. It is a very popular local spot so you can make a reservation ahead of time to avoid a long wait.

Community Service

Serving others and giving back to the community is one way that you can spend Thanksgiving.  You can do this by participating in community service projects during Thanksgiving. This can be anything from helping at a local food bank or soup kitchen to volunteering at a homeless shelter. 

There are many ways to get involved in the area; no matter what you choose, you’ll be making a difference. So why not give back this Thanksgiving? Remember to get your name down as early as possible because slots fill up quickly.

Nature Trails and Hikes

For those who want to get outside and enjoy the crisp air, Athens has some beautiful nature and hiking trails that are a perfect choice. Living in Athens, Ohio, there are a few hiking options with varying levels of difficulty. However, two very popular options are ‘The Ridges Loop Trail’ and ‘Rockhouse Trail and Athens trail loop.’

The Ridges Loop Trail is a 2.9-mile loop trail that features beautiful historic and forest areas. Considered fairly challenging, this hike takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete on average.

Rockhouse Trail and Athens Trail Loop is a 3.9-mile loop trail that is also considered to be fairly challenging. Taking an average of one hour and 39 minutes to complete, this loop trail features a beautiful lake, forest, caves, and rock formations. Remember to wrap up before you head out as it can be cold at this time of year. 

Visit a Museum 

If you want to encourage your more artistic side, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University is focused on education and features thought-provoking and engaging encounters. The museum features all kinds of art exhibitions and lectures. You can plan your visit or check the events and exhibitions on their website.

If you want to encourage your artistic side but also love hot dogs, O’Betty’s Hot Dog Museum in downtown Athens is an iconic must-see. Here, you can enjoy the vast array of different sausages and toppings while looking at all sorts of hot dog memorabilia that cover the whole restaurant.

Thanksgiving Events on Campus

Many campuses host their own Thanksgiving events. These events provide a sense of community and connection for students who can’t go home for the holiday. They also offer a chance to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving foods and activities.

If you’re unable to go home for Thanksgiving, be sure to check out your campus’ event schedule. There’s sure to be something that will make you feel at home during this special time of year.

Stay Near the Fun

No matter how or where you choose to spend your Thanksgiving, living in Athen, Ohio will surely be a memorable experience. If you are looking for student rentals, Wharton Rentals have many different options. With proximity to campus and downtown, you won’t miss out on any of the fun!


Wharton Rentals is committed to making the off-campus living experience a positive one for college students in Athens, Ohio.

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