Mother's Day, May 8 in 2016, is a day set aside to celebrate and spend quality time with mom. Below is a selection of activities and events in the Akron, Ohio area to enjoy with your mom. All events are May 8 unless otherwise noted.
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Take a train ride through the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers a special Mother's Day "Grape Express" wine-tasting train on May 8. The train departs Rockside Station at 7pm and returns at 9pm. En route, guests will be able to taste five different wines, accompanied by hors d'oeurvres.
Fares are $45 in coach, $65 first class, and $80 for executive class. 21 and older only.
Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131
Call 330-657-2000 or 800-468-4070 for reservations.
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Enjoy a tea party at the Akron Zoo . The tea party will be held in the beautifully-landscaped Lehner Family Zoo Gardens. The Zoo horticulture staff will provide demonstrations on gardening. You will also be able to plant a flower to take home. Adults $9, Seniors $7, Children (2-14) $5.50; 10am to 4pm.
Akron Zoological Park
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44307
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Mothers enjoy free admission to the gardens, gate lodge, greenhouse tour and self-guided manor house tour at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Mother's Day. Spring will be showing off its beauty in the 70 acres of gardens and grounds. Delight in the free-flying exhibit of exotic butterflies in the aviary. Free for Mom; Adults range from $8-12, Students (6-17) $4-6; 10am to 530pm.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 N. Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303
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Make your own PotteryAll Fired Up! is a "paint your own pottery studio." Spend quality time with your mom this Mother's Day by creating a special pottery piece together. There are over 300 pieces from which to choose, many with family themes. Moms receive 20% off their piece. Reservations are recommended by calling 330-865-5858. The average pottery piece is around $20; 1pm - 5pm.
All Fired Up!
1686 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44313Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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If your mother is a nature and bird lover, head on over to the Metro Parks Mother's Day Bird Hike. This hike will be led two naturalist, Mike Greene, who will take you through the arboretum, then along the Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails. It is recommended that you wear you boots and bring your binoculars for this 1.6 mile hike. Admission is free; 2pm
F A Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road
Akron, OH 44313
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Treat yourself and mom to a delicious brunch buffet from 10am to 130pm at the award-winning Beau's Grille, located inside the Fairlawn Hilton. The buffet includes herb chicken breast, carved ham, pasta carbonara, salmon, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables, spinach soufflé, prime rib au jus, scrambled eggs, roasted pork loin, cold shrimp display, smoked seafood, assorted cold salads, an elegant dessert table, and more. Reservations are recommended by calling 330-867-5218 or online.
3180 West Market St.
Akron, OH 44333
07 of 07Mario's International Spas in Akron, Aurora and Beachwood are offering spa packages for your mom at a savings of 20 percent. The Aurora and Beachwood locations will be open on Mother's Day from 9am to 6pm. There's also a special Mother's Day menu at both of the restaurants in Aurora.
Or, treat your mom to a one of a number of other spa packages offered by Mario's. Make reservations for Mother's Day as the day is sure to sell out quickly; you can also order your discounted spa package gift cards at 888-464-7721.