What to See and Do in Akron Ohio

Downtown Akron

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Akron Ohio, about an hour's drive south of Cleveland, is rich in industrial, artistic, and technological history. The area offers historic homes, expansive green spaces, and fascinating museums. Learn more about what the "Rubber City" has to offer.

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Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall

Stan Hywet Hall is a National Historic Landmark. The 65-room Tudor-style mansion was built in 1912 by Goodyear Rubber Company founder, F.A. Seiberling and his wife Gertrude. Today, the gracious mansion and elaborate gardens are open to the public from May through December. The site also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.\

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
714 N Portage Path
Akron, OH 44003
330 836-5533

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The Akron Zoo

Akron Zoo
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The Akron Zoo, begun in 1953 as the Akron Children's Zoo, is a small, family-friendly park, located just west of downtown. The 50-acre zoo is home to over 700 animals, including the endangered Humboldt penguins, jaguar, and the elusive snow leopard. The zoo is committed to education and conservation and is one of just 211 worldwide zoos, designated as a world conservation zoo.

The Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44307
330 375-2550

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The West Point Market

West Point Market - Akron
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The West Point Market, located on Market St. in southeast Akron, is more than just a grocery; it's an upscale shopping experience offering only the best of gourmet foods. There are more than a dozen departments, two of which were rated “Best in Akron” by the Akron Life & Leisure Magazine for 2006.

West Point Market
1711 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44313

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Hale Farm and Village in Bath

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Located just outside of Akron, Hale Farm and Village, a part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is a working museum, adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Once the home of early Western Reserve settler, Jonathan Hale, the museum, located in Bath Ohio, features livestock, 19th century working artisans, and the original red brick farmhouse.

Hale Farm and Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, OH 44210
330 666-3711

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Harry London Chocolates

Harry London Chocolate Factory
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The Harry London Chocolate Factory has been creating the finest of candies and chocolates in Akron for the past 84 years. Visitors can tour the factory, savor freshly-made chocolates, and shop for samples to take home from among the over 500 candies and chocolates made onsite.

Harry London Chocolates
5353 Lauby Rd.
Akron, OH
330 494-0833

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Dr. Bob's Home

Dr. Bob's House

The simple, two-story house where Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935 still stands in central Akron. Today, the former home of Dr. Robert Smith, built in 1914, is a museum of all things AA-related. The house is open to visitors daily from noon to 3pm and tours are offered. Admission is free.

Dr. Bob's Home
855 Ardmore Ave.
Akron, OH 44302
330 864-1935

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The Akron Art Museum

Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum, founded in 1922, is located in the heart of downtown Akron. The museum combines the original 1899 Renaissance revival structure with a modern "gravity defying" glass building.

Highlights of the museum's permanent collection include a gallery devoted to American Impressionism and galleries dedicated to the works of northeast Ohio artists, particularly those of William Sommer, Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Frederick Carl Frieseke. There is also a large modern art gallery, with several works by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.

The Akron Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+) and students and free for those 17 and younger and blue star families. Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays (thanks to the J.M. Smucker Company.)

The Akron Art Museum
One S. High St.
Akron, OH 44308
330 376-9185

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The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is 104 acres of nature to study and enjoy. Located within the Sand Run Metro Parks, it features a visitors' center, hiking trails, three ponds, gardens, and an array of special programs throughout the year.

The Nature Realm features 2.3 miles of trails rated from easy to moderate with clearly marked signs throughout the park. Stroll the beautifully-landscaped grounds where you will enjoy seasonal flowers and flowering trees, a rock and herb garden with display pond, a 16-acre Arboretum with 300 species of shrubs and trees, vine arbors overflowing with flowers, and many other plant life displays.

The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The visitors' Center is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m., except holidays. Admission is free.

The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd.
Akron, OH 44313
330 865-8065

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The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway
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The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs through Ohio's only National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, from Cleveland to Akron and Canton. A variety of excursions are offered year-round and each trip is a different adventure filled with fun, history and beautiful scenery. Examples include the Wine-Tasting Express, Murder Mysteries, the Easter Bunny Express, Thomas the Train, the Halloween Express, a Christmas Tree Adventure, The Polar Express, Storytelling on the Train on various topics and much more.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
1630 W. Mill St.
Peninsula, OH 44264
330 439-5708

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Lock 3 Park

Lock 3 Park in Akron

Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron is the city's hub for entertainment. This outdoor green space with an amphitheatre hosts live musical entertainment, festivals and special events year-round.

The site is home to the annual Hamburger Festival in August as well as the Soap Box Derby festival. From mid-November through New Year's Day, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with an outdoor Christmas Market, an ice skating rink and other fun activities for young and old.

Located in the O’Neil Commons area at Lock 3 Park is the Akron History Exhibit. This exhibit showcases the history of Akron and its successes. The Ohio & Erie Canal Corridor Coalition exhibit focuses on Akron’s early canal boating industry. Also on display are Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich’s stand-up desk and the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company’s non-skid tread design and tires.

Lock 3 Park
200 S Main St.
Akron, OH 44308
330 375-2877

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Glendale Cemetery

Glendale Cemetery, Akron Ohio

Glendale Cemetery is Akron’s oldest cemetery, dating back to 1839, and is entered as a historic landscape by the National Register of Historic Places. The 88-acre, picturesque landscape was modeled after Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its monuments and burial sites tell the diverse history of "The Rubber City".

Among the notable people buried at Glendale are Frank Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Congressman George Washington Crouse; Lewis Miller, the inventor of the first combine machine; and Simon Perkins, the co-founder of the City of Akron.

Glendale Cemetery is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no admission charge. Please note, however, that Glendale Cemetery is an active cemetery. Visitors are asked to be respectful to those attending graveside services.

Glendale Cemetery
150 Glendale Ave.
Akron, OH 44302
330 253-2317

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