The brand-new (1) Northside Marketplace in downtown Akron is a business incubator and showcase for entrepreneurs and artisans. Visitors can experience everything from locally roasted coffee to clothing, art, bicycles and even virtual-reality gaming. A central lounge and bar overlooks Cascade Valley. If you’re venturing to Canton, don’t miss its most famous attraction, the (2) Pro Football Hall of Fame. Visit the historic Bronzed Bust Gallery, see the iconic Lombardi Trophy, and take in the holographic theater experience, “A Game for Life.” While in Canton, visit the (3) Canton Arts District, featuring galleries, studios, bars, shops and restaurants, such as the vintage George’s Lounge, featuring grass-fed burgers and live music on weekends. In downtown Akron, BLU Jazz+ serves up creative cocktails, tapas, and great live jazz and blues.
(1) The Akron Children’s Museum engages little ones with exhibits such as a costume theater, giant building bricks, wind tunnels and more. Kids love pizza, so why not try lunch at one of Akron’s family-friendly Italian restaurants? (2) Luigi’s Restaurant in downtown Akron has been in business since 1949, and it’s a favorite among locals. In the suburb of Copley, Rizzi’s serves popular pizza, famous fried chicken and burgers too. After lunch, climb aboard the (3) Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a three-hour round-trip tour of Ohio’s only national park, the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The basic excursion, a three-hour round-trip tour, embarks from any of the three depots, including an Akron Northside Station and, 15 miles north, the Peninsula Depot. Weekly events and special kid-friendly excursions take place throughout the year.
Find something beautiful to take home at (1) Don Drumm Studios & Gallery in Akron, two eclectic spaces offering unique jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, metal and graphics. The works of 500 designer-craftsmen, representing Northeast Ohio and the entire North American continent, are showcased here. Catch a live show (or even a movie!) at the spectacular (2) Canton Palace Theatre or Akron Civic Theatre. Arrive early to take in the theatres’ spectacular early 20th century architecture, designed by the famous John Eberson. Two of a handful of 1920’s “atmospheric” theaters still operating today, the theaters evoke the outdoors, complete with flickering stars and floating clouds projected on the ceiling. Afterward, head over to (3) Dante Boccuzzi Akron, which offers creative cocktails and one of the best late-night menus in the city.