Activities & Attractions: Summit County

HIDDEN GEMS:  Akron Area  / Cleveland Area

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS:  Akron  /  Summit County  /  Portage County  /  Medina County

MUSEUMS / THEATER / OPERA / DANCE


Akron Fossils and Science Center
Got a budding young scientist in your family? Children of all ages can explore our world—past, present and future—on three different tours at this interactive, hands-on learning center. For one price, visitors can hold and touch real fossils on the Fossil Fun Tour, make and take home a replica of a trilobite on the Fossil Replica Making Tour and interact with a live animal collection on the Animal Adventures Tour. The center also offers special programming and events, such as monthly Super Science Saturdays and week-long themed day camps. (2080 S. Massillon Road, Copley 44321; 330.665.3466; akronfossils.com)


Bath Equestrian Center
Bath Equestrian Center is a full-care horse facility that offers lessons, boarding and training for dressage, cross-country and show-jumping events for all ages. The Center’s state-of-the-art facility includes top-notch indoor and outdoor arenas and a heated viewing area. Special clinics are also offered several times a year, featuring well-known, accomplished riders. (3315 Shade Road, Bath 44333; 330.715.3400; bathequestriancenter.com)


Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium
This 116,000-square-foot facility is more than just a state-of-the-art aquatics center. In addition to four pools, including a warm-water therapy pool and a 21-person spa, there are two gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, a weight floor, the Fit Kid Circuit and Kids' Castle babysitting area—and that’s just on the main floor. The upper level is equipped with over 200 cardio and fitness machines, a walking track and a fitness circuit. In addition to swim lessons and fitness classes, you can also take Karate and Tai Chi. (2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls 44221; 330.971.8080; fallsnat.com)


Liberty Park Nature Center
Visit the 3900-square-foot Liberty Park Nature Center to view seasonal exhibits, live native animals and more!

Liberty Park and Nature Center
Located at the northern end of Liberty Park, a 3,000-acre Summit Metro Park, you’ll find four hiking trails passing picturesque sandstone ledges, a cave, and the Liberty Park Nature Center. The walkway from the parking lot to the nature center features several interpretive stations that tell the story of the park’s past. Inside, visitors can discover through displays, seasonal exhibits and activities what’s living on the nearby Twinsburg Ledges. The nature center is universally accessible and specially designed for those with low vision and/or sensory impairments. (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg; 330.487.0493; summitmetroparks; liberty-park.aspx)


Magical Theatre Company
This award-wining company is Northeast Ohio's only professional resident and touring theatre for young audiences. The company creates memorable experiences for kids, families and schools through its productions, camps and educational programming. The company employs professional actors, designers and directors whose credentials include work from Broadway to Hollywood. (565 W. Tuscarawas Avenue, Barberton 44203; 330.848.3708; magicaltheatre.org)


MGM Northfield Park
MGM Resorts is an undisputed, worldwide leader in entertainment, and MGM Northfield Park is Northeast Ohio’s award-winning location for gaming, dining and live entertainment. Laugh along with the biggest names in comedy, rock out with music legends up-close-and-personal and enjoy free concerts from local bands. Try your luck at the casino, which has consistently received “Best of Gaming” awards from Casino Player Magazine. Dine at four different restaurants, including the award-winning Kosar’s Wood-fired Grill, featuring authentic memorabilia from legendary quarterback Bernie Kosar. MGM Northfield Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year (Must be 21 years of age to enter). (10777 Northfield Road, Northfield 44067; 330.908.7625; mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com)


Portage Lakes Cruises
Take in the views of the Portage Lakes on a first-class pontoon boat excursion. Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service offering public cruises, private group excursions and themed events, including Afternoon Teas and Sunset Dinners. You can also rent your own pontoon. (530 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330.760.0270; portagelakescruises.com)


Portage Lakes State Park
The many waters and wetlands of Portage Lakes State Park offer visitors a variety of outdoor recreational experiences, including boating, fishing, swimming and hunting. The eight lakes encompass 2,034 acres and consist of both human-made reservoirs and natural bodies of water called “kettle” lakes (formed when ice broke off from retreating glaciers and melted into the depressions). Eight launch ramps provide access to the lakes; all lakes have a 400-horsepower limit, except Nimisila Reservoir, which allows only electric motors, making it ideal for sailing and canoeing. The beach at Turkeyfoot Lake Beach is a favorite spot among swimmers and sunbathers. (530 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330.760.0270; parks.ohiodnr.gov/portagelakes)


Roller Skating
Springfield Lake Roller Rink opened in 1948 and is still offering good old-fashioned fun on wheels!

Springfield Lake Roller Rink
For good old-fashioned fun on wheels, lace ’em up and get moving! This traditional roller rink is open year-round on the shores of Springfield Lake, offering public sessions, party rentals and themed events throughout each season. Skate rentals are available. (1220 Main Street, Lakemore 44250; 330.733.9026; springfieldlakerollerrink.com)


Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium
Residents and non-residents alike enjoy the immense Water Works Family Aquatic Center. / Photo: The City of Cuyahoga Falls

Water Works Family Aquatic Center
Managed by the City of Cuyahoga Falls, this water park is a great place to cool off in summer. The park boasts three pools, five slides, plenty of geysers and water spray features, cabana rentals, concessions and more. It’s a half-million gallons of fun, where you can float on a lazy river, shoot down slides, swim laps or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful zero-depth pool and landscaping. Open each summer, May through August. (2025 Munroe Falls Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls 44221; 330.971.8433; cityofcf.com/play/water-works)


Western Reserve Playhouse
Located in a 163-year-old former dairy barn on the Bath-Richfield Township line, this nonprofit theater group performs theatrical productions ranging from mysteries, musicals and comedies to new works and children’s productions. Western Reserve Playhouse boasts a ten-production season in addition to its reoccurring summer education camps for children. (3326 Everett Road, Bath 44286; 330.620.7314; thewrp.org)


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