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Visit Athens, New York

While the scenic beauty of the town and village offers scope for artistic endeavors, the proximity of the Hudson River allows for more adventurous pursuits.

Athens is a River Region town and Greene County NY’s first incorporated village. People have lived and worked here since the late 1600s. Once a bustling port for shipbuilding, brick making, and ice harvesting on the Hudson River, Athens’ is now known for its charming architecture, welcoming community and restaurants, and annual festivals. Two historical districts with a mix of architectural styles create a charming waterfront community. A stroll down Second Street brings you to old Victorian, Greek, Revival, and Federal buildings.

Things to Do in Athens, NY

Athens offers a relaxing hideaway for the culturally inclined, nature-loving adventurers. The Athens Cultural Center is in a 19th-century mercantile building, offering performances, arts and writing workshops, and exhibitions of local and regional artists’ work. The center hosts several community festivals throughout the year, including the popular Athens Victorian Stroll at Christmastime.

Outdoor Fun in Athens

Kayak to the still operational Hudson-Athens Lighthouse or sign up for a guided, private tour when they are offered during the summer months. Constructed in the 1870s, the lighthouse is one of two remaining lighthouses in the Hudson River. Designed in the Second Empire architectural style, the north end of the lighthouse resembles a ship’s bow to protect the lighthouse from ice flows. This architectural gem was home to lightkeepers and their families until the 1960s. 

Launch your boat or kayak from the Athens Boat Launch on Route 385 near the park. Kayak and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent right in downtown Athens’ from Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures. Launch from 19 South Water Street and explore the Hudson River. Guided tours are also available by appointment. Go out with an experienced guide to master the fundamentals of paddling while exploring and learning more about the river and Catskill Region. Guided sunrise and sunset excursions are available as well.

Where to Eat in Athens

Crossroads Brewery is in the 1893 Brooks Opera House, serving up craft brews and American pub fare in a spacious setting. Go for a paddle on the water and head to the brewery after to soak up the sun and laid-back vibe of Athens.

Athens restaurants are popular with locals and travelers. For locally sourced, house-made food, head to Athens’ Rooster where breakfast, lunch, and take-out are all on the menu. Enjoy overnight oats, lunch pizza, salads, and more.

The West & Main Athens restaurant serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes share the menu with quesadillas, tacos, and loaded sandwiches.

For casual fine dining, visit Seconds for pan seared rack of lamb or sink your teeth into their Moroccan shrimp tagine.

Stella’s Pizzeria II offers three meals daily, including delicious pancakes, pizza, and more.

 

Where to Stay in Athens

The Stewart House is Athens’ most coveted place to stay – a charming hotel offering riverfront views, sumptuously decorated rooms, and on-site dining that is open to all. The River Grill restaurant is open seasonally, inviting guests to feast on chef-prepared cuisine under a canopy of willow trees.  Live music and a dedicated dock for boaters make the grill the perfect place to gather and dine, then head upstairs to your hotel room for a night in soft, downy comfort.

The Pet-Friendly Athens Experience

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Hudson River from Riverfront Park, the perfect place for a picnic or walk. Fridays in summer feature live musical performances at the bandstand from the Athens Performing Arts Council. Bring your dog to play at the Athens Bunker Hill Dog Park. The park is fenced in and offers plenty of green space for your pup to explore and meet new friends.