THINGS TO SEE & DO IN AKRON
THINGS TO SEE & DO IN AKRON
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
The Greater Akron region has something for everyone when it comes to entertainment and attractions. All part of the $1.2 billion spent in the region on tourism in 2012, the Greater Akron region is history, preservation, culture, arts and community involvement…
Culture comes in many forms:
• Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s 33,000 preserved acres
• The Akron Art Museum
• Civic Theater
• E.J. Thomas Hall
• Blossom Music Center
• Lock 3
• Lock 4
• Akron Zoo
• World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational
• Akron Rubber Ducks
All this in addition to our beautiful suburbs, access to Amish Country, Wine Country, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, and more!
The tri-county region — and locations across Northeast Ohio— provide access to concerts and shows, sports teams and stadiums, amusement and theme parks, boating, fishing and more. Akron and surrounding towns sponsor popular events and performances throughout the year, as well as:
• Local Music Scenes
• Inventive and Historic Restaurants
• Farmers Markets
• Art Fairs
• Coffee Houses
• Night Clubs
If you enjoy the outdoors, Greater Akron offers 40,000+ acres of gorgeous parkland where you can:
• Horseback Ride
THE AKRON ZOO
A nonprofit, world conservation zoo, the Akron Zoo boasts over 700 animals from around the world. The snow leopard cubs — Layan, Attai and Asha — born in March 2016, are currently the zoo’s most popular exhibit. Located just west of downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest-centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is open daily and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
This one-of-a-kind railway winds its way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area and alongside a historic canal. Stops are made for shopping, eating, biking, hiking or sightseeing. You can board your bike and ride one way to one of the Towpath Trail stops for only $3, or sign up for a longer adventure including wine and beer tastings, a murder mystery tour and various other theme dinners.
ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY
Each July, hundreds of boys and girls from nearly every state and several countries converge at Akron’s Derby Downs to compete in the Derby. For 81 years, the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby has made Akron its permanent world headquarters.
AKRON ART MUSEUM GARDEN
The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden opened in July 2016 and is open to the public, even when the museum is closed. The garden is located on an acre of green space between Broadway and High streets. The museum plans to use the garden as a studio for artists.
AKRON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
The museum is to be a fun place for kids, where play inspires exploration, discovery and problem solving.
GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL
In September, the Global Village Festival of Greater Akron celebrates the ethnic heritage and international diversity of Greater Akron at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Local cultural societies, councils and micro-community groups are invited to communicate their traditions and values.
FREE SUMMER CONCERTS AND OTHER NO-COST ACTIVITIES
The city of Akron sponsors free concerts by area bands in the summer throughout the city at neighborhood parks including Hardesty Park, Firestone Park, Shadyside Park, Cascade Plaza, the Akron Art Museum, Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Lock 3 and Lock 4. Head to North Canton (about 15 minutes south) for a tour of the Harry London Candies Inc. Chocolate Factory.
SPORTS & FITNESS
Akron has facilities for just about any sport or type of exercise you might be interested in. For example:
Today’s YMCA with its Olympic-size pools, coffee bars, libraries, modern fitness equipment and water parks is a whole new breed.
Water Works Family Aquatic Center in Cuyahoga Falls is a great spot to cool down in the summer. It’s a half-million gallons of fun where guests can float on a lazy river, shoot down the drop or flume slides, swim laps or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful zero-depth pool and landscaping.
Monroe Works Family Aquatic Center in Norton offer lake swimming, picnic areas, pedal boat rentals and play areas.
Membership in the Shaw Jewish Community Center in west Akron is open to people of all walks of life and features indoor and outdoor pools, fitness facilities and more.
Medina County Recreation Center, a complete fitness facility, has a leisure pool with geysers and a 129-foot slide.
Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium has two pools for serious swimming, a therapy pool, an indoor water park, various aerobic classes, and weight and training equipment, plus areas for just relaxing.
The two Wellness Centers run by Cleveland Clinic Akron General have spacious pools and workout rooms, and fitness classes. Family memberships are available at a discount.
FENCING - The Kiraly Fencing Academy near downtown Akron offers classes in Japanese and European fencing and martial arts. Kent State University also has a fencing club open to the community.
HORSEBACK RIDING - Greater Akron has riding academies and farms that offer horseback riding lessons (horses provided) and stables, including Bath Equestrian Center in Akron, and White Horse Farms in Streetsboro, among many others.
ICE SKATING, SKATEBOARDING - Ice skating fans will find many free outdoor rinks in the area in the winter, including one in downtown Akron and another in Cuyahoga Falls. For indoor skating, Kent State University’s ice rink is open to the public all year for skating and hockey, as is Center Ice Sports Complex near the Akron-Canton Airport. If you have a skateboarder in the family, visit the Akron Skate Park, near Derby Downs, on the east side of town. It was designed with the help of skateboarders ages 8-18.
GOLFING - There are dozens of public golf courses in the Greater Akron area — from Loyal Oak in Norton to Turkeyfoot in New Franklin.
SKIING, TUBING, SLEDDING - Boston Mills/Brandywine in Peninsula is the biggest ski resort in Ohio. Nearby and on the mountain, you can find lodging, shops, services, bars and restaurants. The area also includes sledding hills, but particular favorites are those at Munroe Falls Metro Park and Goodyear Metro Park in Akron.
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