Discover places to go and things to see to dial up the romance in Akron, Ohio, from a hot-air balloon ride to a picnic at a winery.
Get Cozy Enjoying a Show at E.J. Thomas Hall
E.J. Thomas Hall on the University of Akron campus offers ample opportunities to get cozy with your loved one while enjoying a show. Choose from a Broadway show, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Tuesday Musical Club to ballets, comedies, and a variety of other entertainment options throughout the year.
Stroll in the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Experience the beauty of nature during a scenic walk at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, part of the Summit County Metroparks. The manicured gardens, abundant wildlife, ponds, trails, and winding paths provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing, intimate outing with your loved one. It’s named after the Goodyear Tire & Rubber cofounder who played a leading role in developing Akron from a small town to the rubber and tire capital of the world.
Cheer Side by Side at an Akron Rubber Ducks Game
Canal Park is conveniently located in downtown Akron, where you can enjoy dinner and drinks at one of many restaurants before or after taking in an Akron Rubber Ducks game. You are close to the action no matter where you sit in this top-notch stadium. The Akron Rubber Ducks are a Minor League Baseball team and the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The team went by the name Akron Aeros from 1997 to 2013.
Go Up, Up and Away in a Hot-Air Balloon
Create memories together in a hot-air balloon ride over the verdant northeast Ohio countryside near Akron, Cleveland, and Canton. Enjoy spectacular views of hills, farms, lakes, valleys, and treetops from May through October. Each ride ends with a champagne toast. Fun Makers of Kent, Ohio, home of Kent State University, offers hot-air balloon rides that launch from sites in Stow, Kent, and Ravenna, Ohio. Check with Fun Makers for dates, times, and prices.
Together, Explore the Grandeur of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Steep yourself and your significant other in the grandeur of the gorgeous Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a 65-room, Tudor Revival-style manor house filled with original treasures from around the world. Open from April through December, Stan Hywet lies on an estate of five historic buildings, surrounded by 70 acres of eight beautiful summer gardens so large you could get lost in them. During the holidays, the estate is transformed into a winter wonderland. Stan Hywet is Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark. USA Today readers named it the number one historic home tour in America.
Get Up Close with the Animals at the Cozy Akron Zoo
The small Akron Zoo, once known as the Akron Children’s Zoo, gives you an up-close and personal experience as you interact with more than 700 animals. Create lasting memories with someone special as you discover 35 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, a train, a carousel, and eight animal exhibits. It’s a relaxing, year-round venue for romantics of all ages.
A Bottle of Wine at the Winery at Wolf Creek
Pack a picnic to go with a white wine made with estate-grown grapes, maybe a regional native, at Wolf Creek Winery in Norton, Ohio. In the tasting rooms, sip wines made near one of America’s earliest winemaking regions. Stroll through acres of vineyards, or take in the lush, green landscape on the winery deck, at a picnic table, or in the indoor sitting rooms. Occasional concerts, festivals, and holiday events are held at the winery throughout the year.
Explore the Tranquil Portage Lakes on a Pontoon Boat
Get your friends together and rent a pontoon boat at Portage Lakes State Park, south of Akron and the historic Ohio Canal. Glide along Portage Lakes in your 10- or 14-person pontoon boat, rented from Dusty’s Landing II. Explore the lush flora and abundant fauna on 2,000 acres of connecting lakes, just enjoy the peaceful sound of the waves lapping the boat, or dive in for a swim. Add a picnic and you could have one perfect day.
Get Blown Away by the Akron Art Museum
Discover amazing works of art together at the magnificent 12,000-square-foot Akron Art Museum, which has made dramatic strides over recent decades. In 1981, the museum moved into a historic 21,000-square-foot brick structure after a major renovation that won awards for adaptive reuse. The former Treasury building, constructed in 1899, is an outstanding example of Italian Renaissance Revival style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2007, its 85th year, the museum more than tripled in size with the opening of the spectacular new John S. and James L. Knight Building, which adjoins the 1899 building. The design by renowned Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au integrated the older building with a new 63,300-square-foot addition. The new structure was the firm’s first public project in the United States, and it won an American Architecture Award for its highly engineered spaces marked by massive cantilevered, suspended, and floating forms. Today, visual art, mainly paintings and sculptures, from 1850 to the present populates the galleries. Traveling art collections change throughout the year so that there is always something new to see.
Share a Special Meal at a Special Akron Restaurant
Dine on filet mignon and calamari at Ken Stewart's Grille. One of Akron’s new breed of special-occasion restaurants offering fine dining, Ken Stewart’s is the perfect place for a romantic dinner in an intimate ambiance under soft lighting. The service is accommodating and the food and wine exceptional.
Create Your Own Wine Together
The people at It's Your Winery in Medina, Ohio, had a genius idea to let wine enthusiasts originate small batches of their own wine in the company’s state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. So go ahead and create your own wine after you sample 50 European or U.S. West Coast varieties, then chose your favorite. Begin making your own wine, be it red or white, dry or sweet, by mixing the grape must (freshly pressed grape juice) and yeast. Create custom-designed labels for your bottles with your own images or photos. Return in five to nine weeks, after your wine has fermented, to bottle, cork, and label the wine you've created. Each batch makes 28 to 30 bottles, so you may want to invite another couple to join you.
Spend a Happy Night on the Town at Tangier
Dazzle your special someone with a big night on the town at the Tangier Restaurant and Cabaret, Akron’s leading event and entertainment venue. Entertainers from all over the world showcase their talents at Tangier's. Complete the evening with a delectable dinner of Continental, Middle Eastern, and American food in the Roman-style dining room.
Go Antiquing at the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront Square District
Cuyahoga Falls, named after the famed Cuyahoga River that courses through it and feeds into Lake Erie, is a bucolic small city of nearly 50,000 north of Akron. With that in mind, imagine picturesque downtown Cuyahoga Falls, known as Riverfront Square district, and its collection of charming storefronts and antique shops conveniently located on Front Street. You can find vintage clothing and furs; antique clocks; vintage decorative objets; sports memorabilia; collectors’ toys; designer formals; vintage furniture, kitchen, and other nostalgic goods; old vinyl record albums; and more. Any time you're downtown, take in the scenic river views on the boardwalk, and the art galleries, hobby shops, restaurants, festivals in the summer, canoeing and kayaking at River Front Park, and ice skating in the winter.