Top 10 Things to do in Akron, United States

November 20, 2017 Alida England

Rising from the rolling hills of the Western Reserve along the Ohio & Erie Canal, Akron is a vital heartland city and an ideal meeting point at the center of multiple major transportation routes. Surrounded by lush greenery and adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron is a playground for active travelers. The downtown hosts a vibrant arts scene and world class shopping. Summer brings excitement with the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational and the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Restaurants in Akron

1. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303-1363 +1 888-836-5533
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5 based on 664 reviews

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is open April-December. Located in Akron, Ohio, is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his family. Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet is the one of the most important remaining examples of an American Country Estate built by the wealth created during the Industrial Age at the turn of the twentieth century, when the emergence of modern America made Akron the "Rubber Capital of the World." The Tudor revival Manor House is 64,500 sq. feet and the 6th largest home open to the public in the U.S. Open from April through December, Stan Hywet includes a 65-room Manor House, a conservatory and more than 70 acres of artfully landscaped ground. It is Akron's oldest National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Reviewed By kwissy75 - Mentor, Ohio

Our first time at the manor and it was spectacular! We went for the afternoon self-guided tour of the manor house and greenhouse, conservatory and rain forest, it was absolutely stunning. Parking is very easy you walk over to the admission and get your ticket and they have a gift shop and a small eatery and then you walk to the manor house, it’s three stories and you can walk outside to the gardens, the conservatory greenhouse. In all we spent about three hours there, but it was freezing cold and they did have warming stations but we didn’t do a lot of the outside stuff they do have a large kids play area outside during nice weather. You get a nice booklet with a map and there’s volunteers everywhere around the manor and outside if you have questions, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful! We would definitely go again.

2. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

1828 Smith Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5012 +1 330-865-8065
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5 based on 159 reviews

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Reviewed By Shelly C - Akron, Ohio

My kids love going to the Nature Realm and walking through the woods and running around in the grass. I love that they have free events for kids on Thursdays during the summer. You can also feed the birds which is always a highlight for my kids.

3. Akron Civic Theatre

182 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308-1316 +1 330-253-2488
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4.5 based on 197 reviews

Akron Civic Theatre

Reviewed By Thedevelopingimage

Great old theatre. Seen The Beach Boys here. Seats are comfortable and plenty of room. Prices for drinks aren't too bad. Beautiful old theatre recently restored. Theatre is easy to find, right down town.

4. Akron Zoo

500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307-2199 +1 330-375-2550
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4.5 based on 704 reviews

Akron Zoo

Reviewed By Ecospan - Cincinnati, Ohio

When purchasing admission, mention if you are a member at another zoo. Depending upon which zoo, you could be offered discount admission. We are members of the Cincinnati Zoo and did receive a small discount.

Akron Zoo was tidy and quaint. It took us about 2 hours to see the entire zoo at a leisurely pace. It was a chilly winter day, and there were not a great number of guests, or visible zoo employees. After admission, we only encountered one other employee who informed us of closing time and asked us to leave.

Favorite exhibits included the penguins, the otter, the jellyfish, the Caybara, and the songbirds. We saw the bears and wolf, which was nice, but they were resting while we were there.

I know that it is winter, but water for a few of the displays looked artificially green and very dirty/mucky. We are hoping that a cleaning is coming up soon. Interaction with zoo staff/volunteers is what we are used to at the Cincinnati Zoo, and that does not seem to be the case at all at the Akron Zoo. Overall, a nice but limited stroll for animal enthusiasts. If this review was helpful to you, please let Trip Advisor know by clicking the like button. Thank You!

5. The Peanut Shoppe

203 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308-1301 +1 330-376-7020
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5 based on 63 reviews

The Peanut Shoppe

Reviewed By Kurt L - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States

The Peanut Shoppe has been serving freshly roasted nuts since the 1930's. Just look for the nostalgic sign that is a large red and white stripped bag full of peanuts. We had fun shopping at this little store, with all of it's antique touches and friendly servers. There is a wide selection of nuts and candies that should please everyone. We were shopping for Christmas and loved everything so much that we got something there for everyone on our list.

6. Lock 3

200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308-1315 +1 330-375-2877
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Lock 3

Reviewed By Jeannie B - Akron, Ohio

The lock always has something to offer no matter the day or time. A quiet walk at lunch on the quiet path or sitting and listening to the water in the one of the many new chairs the City of Akron has scattered about. The free concerts draw a big crowd and are never a disappointment. The Children's Museum is a really cool place for little ones and ice skating in the winter is fun to do or just watch!

7. Akron Art Museum

One South High, Akron, OH 44308 +1 330-376-9185
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4 based on 133 reviews

Akron Art Museum

Reviewed By DANIEL P - GRAND RAPIDS

This is an above average art museum in a quirky building. The permanent collection includes a few outstanding works, but is uneven. I viewed the Family temporary exhibit with my brother-in-law, who is a professional photographer, and we both thought that it was exceptionally well presented and well curated. I particularly enjoyed the Gross Anatomies exhibit, but it isn't to everyone's taste, due to the grotesque works on display. It was worth the visit.

8. Glendale Cemetery

150 Glendale Ave, Akron, OH 44302-1914 +1 330-253-2317
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5 based on 46 reviews

Glendale Cemetery

Reviewed By Richard E - Elkins, West Virginia

Looking at the contour of the land, a valley with two steep hills on either side which have flat land at the top, the lay of the land just doesn't seem like an appropriate place for a cemetery. When I first entered the cemetery, I had no idea that it contained such an interesting cemetery filled with such a variety of monuments. One enters the grounds in the valley in which there are a few mausoleums on either side of the roadway. The grounds look very sparse, but it isn't until you leave the valley and circle around the steep hills on either side of the valley that one finds the interesting monuments that interested me. Glendale Cemetery is an example of a Victorian Garden Cemetery with windy pathways/roadways named after trees that present new vistas around each bend. There are lovely old trees and beautiful planting. People were encouraged to erect permanent monuments to the death that often reflect in their beliefs, their station in life and their importance in the community. There are one of a kind works of cemetery art throughout the cemetery which are exposed to the elements 24/7 for several centuries. Enjoy them and their environment as you walk through this historic Akron landmark.

9. Akron-Summit County Public Library

60 S High St, Akron, OH 44326-1000 +1 330-643-9000
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Reviewed By CindyLouAkron_OH - Akron, OH

My husband and I went to listen to Joe Augustino's Trio 90 min+ performance on Sunday at 2pm for free. He is a Steinway Artist and played from the Great American Songbook. Fantastic! What's better is...I checked out a good book and read 13 chapters while listening to the music. Easy listening and good reading...after all, it IS a library. Beautiful edifice with friendly staff and a little book shop where you can buy a handbound book to keep for $2 (softbound for less)...if you are a visitor to Akron, you don't even have to worry about returning the book you bought! We will be watching the Akron-Summit County Main Library website from now on. There are also FREE "movies at Main" on Thursday nights...usually family oriented in the same auditorium.

10. Dr. Bob's Home

855 Ardmore Ave, Akron, OH 44302-1240 +1 330-864-1935
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5 based on 37 reviews

Dr. Bob's Home

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

IF you are a member of the world wide ' Recovery Movement ' that was started by Alcoholics Anonymous in Arkon Ohio in June of 1935 then you MUST visit Dr. Bob's Home IF you are in the greater North East Area of the state of Ohio. What more needs to be said here.

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