Akron/Summit Visitors Guide 2023

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new exhibitions • collection galleries • open studio One South High | Akron, OH 44308 | 330.376.9185 | akronartmuseum.org Open Wed-Sun Free on Thursday 11 am – 5 pm 11 am – 8 pm Keith Haring: Against All Odds April 15September 24, 2023 Land Jam Natalie Lanese + Andrea Myers June 1, 2023May 12, 2024 The Cochran Collection: African American Works on Paper November 4, 2023March 24, 2024 Keith Haring. Untitled, 1982. Acrylic on vinyl tarpaulin. 180 x 180 in. Collection of the Rubell Museum. Keith Haring artwork copyright © Keith Haring Foundation Allison Saar. Fall, 2014. Ink on paper. 22 x 15 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Cochran Collection





A Special Message: Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, please check with each attraction, venue and business for their current hours of operation and event schedules.

How can visitors (and residents) create lasting memories while experiencing our diverse sights and sounds?

ILENE SHAPIRO: While in Summit County, you can visit the Cuyahoga Falls riverfront for festivals and beautiful scenery. You can take a stroll around Barberton’s Lake Anna and head to the Arts and Entertainment District to see local artists on display. In the winter months, you can hit the slopes for skiing and family fun at Boston Mills Brandywine.

DANIEL M. HORRIGAN: So much about this city is “uniquely Akron.” For those visiting or living here, we hope that our combination of friendly faces, access to local and national parks, sense of entrepreneurship, love of arts and entertainment, and pride in our rich history, coupled with our current infrastructure revitalization efforts, makes a lasting impression.

How would you describe Akron’s special brand of hospitality to someone who has never visited our community?

ILENE SHAPIRO: Summit County is an innovative community, committed to engaging all of its diverse residents and visitors in cultivating an engaging and distinctive place to live, work and play. We hope your visit is filled with scenic beauty, beautiful music, delicious meals and loads of fun. You are always welcome in Summit County, and when you are here, you are always home.

Cover Photos: Brandywine Falls: Laura Watilo Blake, Weathervane Playhouse: Weathervane Playhouse, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens: Akron Stock, Portage Lakes: Akron/Summit CVB, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: C. Sanders, Akron Pride: Tim Fitzwater, Twins Days Festival: Nature Conservancy, Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort: Boston Mills/Brandywine/Vail Resorts

© 2023 Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau 77 E. Mill St., Akron 44308 330.374.7560 // 800.245.4254 visitakron-summit.org, akron.travel

The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau has made every effort to ensure accurate listings, but assumes no liability for the information, representation and/or delivery of services contained herein. Users of this document are encouraged to verify amenities, features, service quality and all other important details. The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is not responsible for the privacy practices of the websites listed in this publication. Please forward corrections to: sberry@visitakron-summit.org.

DANIEL M. HORRIGAN: One of the most amazing things about Akron is its people. We are a very welcoming community because we love Akron so much; we make it our goal to make everyone else love it too. We want everyone who comes here to see what we see and then stay!

Which five words best capture the “character” of Akron?

ILENE SHAPIRO: Diverse, innovative, scenic, engaging and distinct.

DANIEL M. HORRIGAN: Proud, motivated, welcoming, quirky and transforming.

Ilene Shapiro summit county executive Daniel M. Horrigan mayor of akron
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Points of Interest 26 Outdoor Recreation 28 Sports 32 Dining 38 Shopping 41 Lodging


Hear what people love about the region.


“The Summit Brew Path is one of the top things to do for National Beer Day in Ohio.” OhiO Craft Brewers assOCiatiOn

“Clocking in at over 26,000 square feet, The Bomb Shelter’s hodgepodge of rooms and two warehouses has been one of the Midwest’s largest meccas for vinyl, vintage and variety since opening in 2011.”

OhiO Magazine

“In 2020, Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the seventh most-visited (out of a total of 62 national parks) in the country following just behind Bryce Canyon NP and Joshua Tree NP now that’s great company!” gOOutsideBOOk

“If you unwittingly pass through this Midwestern town (Twinsburg, Ohio) on the first weekend in August, you might think you’ve stumbled into a mirrored funhouse. The Twins Days Festival is the world’s largest gathering of twins, officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.” CNN

Summit Metro Parks @squivel Michael Angelo’s Winery @evie.shh West Hill Mural @aboarman Fannie May Chocolate Factory @erinwalter84 Akron Honey at HiHO Brewing Co. @akronhoney

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SUMMIT COUNTY’S gems are on full display in our favorite Instagram photos from around the region.

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Experience Akron/Summit County

Hot metropolitan places alongside cool outdoor spaces. You decide which vibe will satisfy — we’d like to think you’ll enjoy it all.


PIONEERING INDUSTRIALISTS. Rock Stars (Grammy Award winners and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee). Outrageously Influential Inventors. Sports Phenoms (we’re sure a “certain someone” comes to mind immediately). Societal Thinkers and Contributors. Simply put: Just Really Cool People. Throughout history, these are the men and women who have called Akron/Summit County home.

Greater Akronites (aka Summit Countians) constructed a firm foundation upon which our community comfortably rests. Twenty-first century metropolitan places are adjacent to some of our nation’s most breathtaking natural spaces, resulting in an undeniably engaging combination of experiences.

Social, ethnic and cultural diversity planted deep roots when immigrants traveled from around the country to Greater Akron, seeking work on the canal. From those roots, an innovative spirit and an adamant conviction for dignity, rights and ideas quickly blossomed. In May 1851, Sojourner Truth attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in downtown Akron and presented her world-famous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech. Through hardships, the community has thrived, meeting the demands of a war and solidifying the region’s role on the national stage. B.F. Goodrich, the Quaker Oats Co. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. were among the founders. Once known as the “Rubber Capital of the World,” the area still reigns as one of the world’s leading polymer centers, sets the pace for biomedical discoveries and celebrates a culture that only knows how to look forward!

Visitors and residents delight in the defiantly diverse arts, culture and entertainment offered here. Experience productions, films and concerts at community and professional theaters. Live entertainment, dance and world-class orchestras provide audiences hours of memorable performances. The Akron Art Museum boasts national and international modern artists, with other galleries showcasing neighboring communities. The sports scene is just as robust, with activities covering a spectrum of interests every season. We even have a ski resort! Take part in or play spectator to recreational pursuits, including: the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, Kaulig Companies Championship and the Akron Marathon Race Series, presented by Summa Health.

Akron Art Museum Summit Metro Parks

Outdoor sporting sites round out the offerings with golf courses and racetracks, such as MGM Northfield Park’s horse racing.

Attractions in Greater Akron offer guests a glimpse into history — the homes, monuments and markers built with the wealth achieved from early industrial success. Hale Farm & Village lets visitors experience life during the mid-1800s, while Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the former estate of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. co-founder F.A. Seiberling, transports visitors into the world of an elegant 1915 English Tudorinspired mansion.

Greater Akron’s natural landscape promises incredible views and adventures. The area is not only home to Summit Metro Parks, but it proudly boasts Ohio’s only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, for a combined footprint of nearly 50,000 acres. Get in touch with nature at the Akron Zoo by traversing the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail or riding the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (you can even bring your bike aboard).

Major malls, shopping centers and specialty outlets can be found in the area. Favorites include acclaimed Akron artist Don Drumm’s Studios & Gallery offering one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion and Ohio’s largest purveyor of organic and wholesome products, Mustard Seed Market & Café. Foodie fanatics will never go hungry, and your palate will thank you for sampling the area’s array of delicious tastes.

Place your head on a pillow with accommodations to match every budget in all corners of the county, allowing you to rest (just enough) to hit the ground running for another day in Greater Akron!

— LeBRON JAMES akron native
Hale Farm & Village Akron Civic Theatre PHOTOS BY HALE FARM & VILLAGE, AKRON/SUMMIT CVB


A Trail Blazer?

Let the stress and strain of life fade away while exploring the county’s scenic wonderland. Visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Ohio’s only national park and the seventh most-visited park in the United States in 2020 — featuring more than 33,000 acres to hike, bike, ski, sled and unwind. Summit Metro Parks offers 14,300 additional acres across 16 parks, six conservation areas and more than 120 miles of trails and 16 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. Iconic attractions — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Hale Farm & Village — extol their surroundings, highlighting manicured gardens and vistas. Get a little slice of wildlife with glimpses at creatures of all sizes at the Akron Zoo.

Don’t Miss: The Buckeye Trail — 1,444 miles of trails that reach every corner of Ohio. Summit County’s section is one of the most adventurous, with only four percent of its paths being paved.

A Foodaterian?

Enjoy the art of cooking or savor a delicious dish prepared just for you with a variety of Greater Akron dining delights. Find fresh ingredients at Mustard Seed Market & Café to make your favorite recipes exceptional. Want to avoid the kitchen? Find nostalgic car-side service at Swensons or Skyway, or indulge in hundreds of eateries, diners, restaurants and grills located in every corner of the county. Soothe your sweet tooth with local favorites that include Fanny May Gourmet Chocolates, Pav’s Creamery and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt.

Don’t Miss: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, Grandpa’s Cheese Barn, The Winery at Wolf Creek, Sarah’s Vineyard, Chill Ice Cream, Family Groceries, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Strickland’s Frozen Custard and Akron Coffee Roasters.

Chill Ice Cream
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad PHOTOS BY LAURA WATILO BLAKE, C. SANDERS

A Retail Therapist?

The shopping forecast couldn’t be brighter. Local shops and big-box stores abound, filling itineraries with hunts for affordable fashions and high-end merchandise at Highland Square, Hudson’s First & Main, Macedonia Commons, Downtown Akron, Northside Marketplace, Peninsula and Summit Mall, which are anchored by top retailers. Visitors can find handcrafted artisan goods at events like Crafty Mart, Ohio Mart and the Made in Ohio Festival. Akron-centric must-sees include Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat, Zeber-Martell Studio and Akron Glass Works.

Don’t Miss: Specialty shops like Rubber City Comics, The Social Dept., Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, Gallery 143 and Rubber City Clothing.

An Art-thusiast?

Visual, musical and theatrical — Greater Akron is the stage for cultural pursuits. The Akron Art Museum houses an eclectic modern collection. Nearby, Summit Artspace is home to more than 40 arts organizations and features gallery space, studios and classrooms. The area boasts professional and community theaters that host talented year-round entertainment, including staples like Akron Civic Theatre, EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Greystone and Blossom Music Center. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra makes Blossom Music Center its summer home, while the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday Musical Association, Summit Choral Society and Ballet Theatre of Ohio dazzle audiences every season.

Don’t Miss: Highland Square PorchRokr Festival, Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival and BLU Jazz+.

Don’t miss Akron’s coffee experience tour!

Grab a passport at any participating stop and collect stamps to receive a free limitededition coffee mug! thedripdrive.com

PHOTOS BY T. BOWER, KARIN MCKENNA Winery at Wolf Creek Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Asterisk Coffee Bar

A Sportsologist?

From novices to pros, Greater Akron is the place for sports. Cheer on the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park, catch The University of Akron Zips sports teams or take in a pro basketball game with the Akron Aviators. Watch the Akron City Football Club in another exciting soccer match. The Akron Roller Derby also takes the city by storm. Feel the need for speed? Barberton Speedway hosts cars, while Northfield Park features horses. Show your skills during one, two or three Akron Marathon Race Series events, which include the Akron Marathon. Marvel at professional golfers during the Kaulig Companies Championship or gravity-defying races at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

Don’t Miss: Indoor rock climbing at Kendall Cliffs and Rock Mill, and snow-bunny fun at Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort.

A Heritage Seeker?

As early as Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech, our community has been a melting pot for ideas, customs and forms of expression. Visit the birthplace of AA with a tour of Dr. Bob’s Home and the gatehouse at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Travel back to the mid-1800s at Hale Farm & Village. Sites, mansions and homes underscore poignant stories from our rich and lustrous past.

Don’t Miss: Glendale Cemetery, the National Museum of Psychology and Hower House.


See all the great craft breweries Summit County offers by jumping on the Summit Brew Path. Pick up a passport at one of more than 20 stops. Make a purchase at each brewery to receive a stamp, and after collecting one from each location, enter for a chance to win the grand prizes. Breweries range from nationally known to those just getting started. Whether you like a dry stout or a blonde ale, there’s something for everyone. Savor your journey!

summitbrew path.com

HOTTEST AKRON’S DESTINATION HOT GLASS STUDIO AND GALLERY WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS akronglassworks.com Just 3 Miles off Interstate 77 Just 9 minutes from the Pro Football Hall of Fame MAPS Air Museum is located on the west side of the Akron Canton Airport in the CAK International Business Park 2260 International Parkway (at the very end) off Massillon Rd. City of Green 330.896.6332 www.mapsairmuseum.org Find us on Facebook Find out More Please check our Website or Facebook page for current hours. COME FOR THE AIRCRAFT Stay for the History
Summit Brew Path



built by contributions and opinions of our diverse citizenry. We extend an open invitation to the LGBTQ+ community to experience and enjoy everything our area offers.

Discover Akron’s Northside/Marketplace District, a collection of restored buildings, galleries and restaurants on the northern edge of downtown. Stop by High Street and Maiden Lane, both of which offer spots for casual fun and creative activities. Visit Highland Square, an eclectic neighborhood west of downtown Akron that’s packed with unique shopping and dining options.

While we know interests within the community differ, below is a sampling of LGBTQ+ friendly sites. Be sure to contact the Akron Pride Initiative (759 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.252.1559, canapi.org) for more information on events and programs in the area.

43 Furnace Street 43furnace.com

Akron Glass Works akronglassworks.com

Angel Falls Coffee Shop angelfallscoffee.com

BLU Jazz+ blujazzakron.com

The Bomb Shelter thebombshelterstore.com

Interbelt Nite Club instagram.com/ interbeltniteclub

Musica akronmusica.com

Celebrate the past ...


AKRON/SUMMIT COUNTY’S HISTORY is rich with contributions made by African Americans, and the area honors this fact with opportunities that visitors are encouraged to share. Gain perspective on the past by visiting The University of Akron’s Pan African Center for Community Studies (220 Wolf Ledges Pkwy., Akron 44325), where various exhibits are displayed in the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture. Learn more at these additional sites and events celebrating cultural diversity.

North Hill African Market

212 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron 44310

Omo Iroko Drum & Dance Society


Panyard Steel Drum Co. panyard.com

Perkins Stone Mansion & John Brown House summithistory.org

Sojourner Truth Building and Monument 37 N. High St., Akron 44308

Woodrow Nash Studios & Gallery woodrownashstudios.com

African-American Cultural Festival/Parade akronafricanculture.com

Joy Park Festival Juneteenth Festival

The Mustard Seed Market & Café mustardseedmarket.com

The Nightlight Cinema nightlightcinema.com

Rubber City Clothing rubbercityclothing.com

Square Nightclub squarenight.club

Square Records squarerecordsakron.com

Zeber-Martell Studio zeber-martell.com Visit outinakron.org for complete details.

PHOTOS BY CORY KISTOW, THE DEVIL STRIP Akron Pride Festival Woodrow Nash Studios & Gallery


Students of all ages will encounter a number of entertaining and educational sites throughout the Greater Akron area. Begin your journey of learning at any one of these enlightening destinations.

Akron Art Museum akronartmuseum.org

Akron Children’s Museum akronkids.org

Akron Fossils & Science Center akronfossils.com

Akron Police Museum 330.375.2390

Akron Zoo akronzoo.org

Akron-Summit County Public Library akronlibrary.org

Center for the History of Psychology uakron.edu/chp

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad cvsr.com

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm summitmetroparks.org

Glendale Cemetery glendaleakron.com

Hale Farm & Village halefarm.org

Hower House uakron.edu/howerhousemuseum

MAPS Air Museum mapsair museum.org

Mustill Store and House cascadelocks.org

Perkins Stone Mansion summit history.org

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens stanhywet.org

The Fun Flows Here

Falls Downtown Fridays > June 16 - Big Pop > June 23 - The Shootouts > June 30 - Roxxymoron > July 7 - Buck Naked Band > July 14 - The Michael Weber Show > July 28 - Marc Lee Shannon
August 4 - Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band
August 11 - Hey Monea 6:00pm-10:00pm Downtown
Cuyahoga Falls


FOR NEARLY 200 YEARS, Greater Akron, Ohio, has been the birthplace of ideas, systems, products and idioms that have had an unmistakably positive impact on the world and its citizens. Strategically settled, Akron’s geographical location has been leveraged throughout its history via waterways, road systems and air transport. Similarly, its ideagraphical locale has become a fertile landscape of inspiration and creation. Ideas have always flourished, bringing forth refinements and substantial advancements across every facet of our community’s output. This section is a brief glimpse at the common thread we call “akronicity,” to demonstrate its influence on our achievements across time. For the complete story, visit akronicity.com.


Each letter of Akronicity is from an iconic sign/company name, can you identify each? Answers on akronicity.com.



IN 1917, GOODYEAR CREATED THE GOODYEAR ZEPPELIN COMPANY and began manufacturing zeppelins mainly as a way to advertise their products. Then in the 1930s, they built two airships for military use — the USS Akron and the USS Macon. In the early 1960s, the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation helped NASA develop heating and cooling systems for the Apollo spacecrafts, produced tires used on moon vehicles and created flotation devices for spacecrafts landing in water. Drive by the enormous Goodyear Airdock to see where the USS Akron and USS Macon were constructed.



GERTRUDE SEIBERLING BEGAN ATTENDING BUCHTEL COLLEGE when her husband’s business venture, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, became profitable. She studied architecture, gardening and interior design. She wanted to be able to assist in building the family’s new home — a 65-room Tudor style mansion they would call Stan Hywet — when construction began in 1912. Visit Stan Hywet Hall Gardens to learn more about the Seiberling family.

FOR YEARS, TOYS WERE ALL HANDMADE, making them available only to the children of wealthy families. In 1884, Samuel C. Dyke automated his Akron factory to mass-produce marbles, the first toy affordable for everyone. He then founded The American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Co. in the mid-1890s, which produced a million marbles a day and turned out dozens of other toys, including America’s oldest figurine of a Santa, pictured here. Visit the Akron Children’s Museum with the young ones to experience playful, interactive learning.


AS GERMAN IMMIGRANTS MOVED TO THE AREA IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AKRON, they introduced beer by opening the first breweries. In 1865, Fredrick Gaessler established Wolf Ledge Brewery. Later, he partnered with Wilhelm Burkhardt and the company became Burkhardt and Company. They resumed brewing beer after prohibition ended and continued to operate until the brewery was sold in 1956. The tradition of brewing continues on today as Akron is home to several breweries. Thirsty Dog Brewing is located in the Wolf Ledges area in the former headquarters of the Burkhardt Brewing Company. Visit Thirsty Dog Brewing, part of the #SummitBrewPath.


[ak-ruh-nis-i-tee) Noun. the innate creativity, tenacity and intellectual prowess that has and will continue to surge through the people of Akron, Ohio: embrace your akronicity and make your new ideas reality | akronicity is a uniquely, one-of-a-kind spirit of innovation and determination that only the people of Akron, Ohio possess. ORIGIN: Settled in 1825 — Akron from the Greek “an elevation” or “point” / icity (you’re wondering) is the sweat, tears, joy, steadfastness, grit, passion and smarts that are the foundation of the community we celebrate today and what will propel us into the future.





Maple Sugaring Days

Hale Farm & Village, Bath, 330.666.3711, 877.425.3327, halefarm.org


Maple Sugaring Days Hale Farm & Village, Bath, 330.666.3711, 877.425.3327, halefarm.org


Ohio Egg Artists Guild’s Annual Show & Sale Akron, theelegantegg.weebly.com


Cherry Blossom Festival Lake Anna Park, Barberton, 330.745.3733, barbertoncherryblossom.com


Boston Mills Artfest Boston Mills Ski Resort, Peninsula, 800.875.4241, bmbw.com

Founders’ Day Celebration

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Gate Lodge, Akron, 330.836.5533, stanhywet.org

National Interstate 8K and 1 Mile University of Akron, Akron, 330.434.2786, akronmarathon.org


Akron Arts Expo

Hardesty Park, Akron, 330.375.2835, akronartsexpo.org

FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby

Derby Downs, Akron, 330.733.8723, aasbd.org

Kaulig Companies Championship

Firestone Country Club, Akron, 877.942.4849, kauligchampionship.com

Rib, White & Blue Lock 3, Downtown Akron, 330.535.3179, lock3live.com

Twins Days Festival

Summit County Fair Summit County Fairgrounds, Tallmadge, 330.633.6200, summitfair.com


Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K Goodyear World Headquarters, Akron, 330.434.2786, akronmarathon.org

Twins Days Festival

Twinsburg Glen Chamberlin Park, Twinsburg, 330.425.3652, twinsdays.org


FirstEnergy Akron Marathon Downtown Akron, 330.434.2786, akronmarathon.org

Barberton Mum Fest

Lake Anna Park, Barberton, 330.848.6653

Norton Cider Festival

Columbia Woods Park, Norton, 330.825.3814, nortonciderfestival.com Full Akron/Summit CVB Calendar


Boo at the Zoo Akron Zoo, Akron, 330.375.2550, akronzoo.org

DeBord Halloween Festival

330.730.7163, debordhalloweenfestival.com

Ohio Mart

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 330.836.5533, stanhywet.org


Holiday Tree Festival

John S. Knight Center, Akron, 330.543.8424, johnsknightcenter.org


Deck the Hall

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 330.836.5533, stanhywet.org

Lantern Tours

Hale Farm & Village, Bath, 330.666.3711, halefarm.org

Wild Lights

Akron Zoo, Akron, 330.375.2550, akronzoo.org

Summit Live 365 Calendar

Downtown Akron Calendar

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Akron Art Museum

1 S. High St., Akron 44308, 330.376.9185, akronartmuseum.org

Contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs since 1850 fill this imposing museum, itself a work of art in brick, steel and glass.

Akron Axe House

328 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 234.718.2211, akronaxehouse.com

A fun twist when it comes to hitting bullseyes. Akron Axe House will have something to throw for everyone.

Akron Children’s Museum

216 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.396.6103, akronkids.org

A gathering place for children and families, where play inspires exploration, discovery and problem solving with interactive exhibits, programs and special activities.

Akron Civic Theatre

182 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.253.2488, akroncivic.com

The cultural landmark has a rich, spectacular history, providing Northeast Ohio with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for more than 70 years.

Akron Fossils & Science Center

2080 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Copley 44321, 330.665.3466, akronfossils.com

The center provides hands-on learning, a two-acre outdoor park with live animals and a zip line and a non-evolutionary-based Creation Education Museum.

Akron Police Museum

217 S. High St., Mezzanine Level, Akron 44308, 330.375.2181

Find photos, weapons and uniforms at this museum located within the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Appointments strongly suggested.

Akron Symphony Orchestra

92 N. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.535.8131, akronsymphony.org

For more than 60 years, this professional symphony has performed classical music and other genres.

Akron Zoo

500 Edgewood Ave., Akron 44307, 330.375.2550, akronzoo.org

More than 700 animals call this AZA and World Conservation Zoo accredited hilltop home. Akron-Summit County Public Library

60 S. High St., Akron 44326, 330.643.9000, akronlibrary.org

This resource for learning and leisure also provides information services, meeting spaces and programs for all ages.

ANTIC Theatre

1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.971.5665, antictheatre.org

The community theater creates and teaches youth and adults about theater and acting in all aspects of production.


ArtsNow artsnow.org

Use summitlive365.com to plan your next arts-inspired experience in Greater Akron.

Ballet Theatre of Ohio

265 N. Main St., Ste. 13, Munroe Falls 44262, 330.688.6065, ballettheatreohio.org

Since 1993, Ballet Theater of Ohio has awed the community with its graceful renditions, from the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” to whimsical springtime performances.

Bethlehem Cave and Nativity Museum 2425 Myersville Rd., Akron 44312, 330.699.5086, nativityofthelord.net/cave

Visit a replica of the cave where Jesus was born at Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church.

Blossom Music Center

1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.920.8040, ticketmaster.com/venue/40964

Located inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 5,700-seat pavilion and lawn welcome summer Cleveland Orchestra performances and a variety of Live Nation concerts.

BLU Jazz+

47 E. Market St., Akron 44308 330.252.1190, blujazzakron.com

Enjoy live jazz in the heart of Akron at this intimate downtown club.

Curated Storefront

526 S. Main St., Ste. 503A, Akron 44311, 330.800.0342, curatedstorefront.org

Curated Storefront brings compelling art to diverse audiences through a dynamic program of installations, events and exhibits that activate underutilized buildings and spaces in Akron and provide artists with opportunities to expand their practices.

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center

2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.928.8092, cvart.org

Whether you’d like to take an art class or workshop in a multitude of mediums or attend an exhibit, it’s all about learning, growing and enjoying yourself at this art center.

Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum

1775 Main St., Second Floor, Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2665, peninsulalibrary.org/history/museum

Explore the featured items on display, from Major League Baseball player Scotty Ingerton and the Peninsula Gold Hunt of 1945 to the Great Flood of 1913.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Peninsula 44264, 800.468.4070, cvsr.com

Travel through the center of the national park aboard one of the oldest and longest U.S. tourist railway excursions.

Dr. Bob’s Home

855 Ardmore Ave., Akron 44302, 330.864.1935, drbobshome.org

Alcoholics Anonymous originated at the home of Dr. Bob Smith, who founded AA in the 1930s. Now, it welcomes visitors who can see exhibits dedicated to Dr. Bob’s life and studies.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens


In the 1950s and 60s, Akron’s Howard Street was known as “Jazz Corridor.” The great musicians of the time would stop in Akron as they traveled from New York to Chicago. Howard Street had a Black-owned hotel and clubs where Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and many others performed.

A group of art students at Kent State University first came together as Devo in 1973. Their first album, Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo. was released in 1978, and they gained national attention with a Saturday Night Live appearance the same year.

Chrissie Hynde graduated from Firestone High School and went on to study at Kent State as well. Hynde would form The Pretenders in 1978, and the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Akronites Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach formed The Black Keys in 2001. Their 2010 release, Brothers, with its popular single “Tighten Up,” won two Grammy Awards. Their following album, El Camino, netted three more Grammy Awards.

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

198 Hill St., Akron 44325, 330.972.7570, uaevents.com

This spectacular venue on The University of Akron campus plays host to lectures, performances and special events.

Emily Davis Gallery

The University of Akron – Folk Hall, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron 44325, 330.972.6030, uakron.edu/art/ galleries/edg

The Myers School of Art’s galleries provide an environment of encouragement and inspiration for students, faculty and the community. See website for current exhibits.

Fannie May Chocolate Factory

5353 Lauby Rd., North Canton 44720, 330.966.5540, fanniemay.com

Explore the factory from high above the production floor. Once your 45-minute guided tour ends, enter the retail store, with more than 500 varieties of gourmet chocolates and candies. Reservations required.

Funny Stop Comedy Club

1757 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.923.4700, funnystop.com

Listen to the outrageous stylings of the most provocative comedians touring America today.

Glendale Cemetery

150 Glendale Ave., Akron 44302, 330.253.2317, glendaleakron.com

Founded in 1839 and listed on the National Register of Historic Landscapes, this park-like cemetery is the resting place of some of Akron’s most famous residents.

Goodyear Theater

& Goodyear Hall

1201 E. Market St., Akron 44305, 330.690.2307, goodyeartheater.com

These concert venues, housed in the former Goodyear headquarters, are located in the growing and refreshingly modern East End, Akron’s premier redevelopment of the historic Goodyear Campus.

The Great Escape Room 323 S. Main St., Ste. 201, Akron 44308, 234.281.2877, thegreatescaperoom.com/ohio/akron

You have 60 minutes to escape this Sherlock-themed adventure that combines treasure hunt and puzzle solving.

Hale Farm & Village 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.666.3711, 800.589.9703, halefarm.org

Discover life as it was in the mid1800s throughout this working village, including blacksmithing, candle making, pottery and cooking. Popular annual events welcome guests year-round.

Heaven Bound Ascensions

234.208.5264, heavenboundballoonrides.com

Soar the skies of Cleveland, Akron and Canton from the basket of a hot air balloon at dawn or dusk.

Hower House

60 Fir Hill, Akron 44325, 330.972.6909, howerhouse.org

Completed in 1871, this Second Empire Italianate-style home was built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower.

House Three Thirty 532 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.572.2885, lebronjamesfamily foundation.org/news/welcometo-house-three-thirty

An innovative, multi-use facility created by The LeBron James Family Foundation with resources for the community and I PROMISE families.

Hudson Players

Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson 44236, 330.655.8522, hudsonplayers.com

“Good Shows, Good Friends, Good Times!” is the motto of this awardwinning theater company that has entertained audiences since the 1920s.

John Brown House

Summit County Historical Society, 550 Copley Rd., Akron 44320, 330.535.1120, summithistory.org

Abolitionist John Brown, who would come to fame after the Harper’s Ferry raid, moved to this cottage across the street from Perkins Mansion in 1844.

John S. Knight Center 77 E. Mill St., Akron 44308, 330.374.8900, johnsknightcenter.org

Akron’s convention center is a showcase for great events, featuring public and private meetings, expositions, conferences and special events.

MGM Northfield Park Goodyear Theater

Lock 3 Park & Lock 4

Downtown Akron, 330.375.2877, lock3live.com

Two unique entertainment venues celebrate the city’s old canalway with staged entertainment, festivals and special events.

Locked in at the Lakes 463 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron 44319, 330.400.2600, lockedinohio.com

Groups of two to eight have one hour to escape these puzzling rooms.

Lockheed Martin Airdock 1210 Massillon Rd., Akron 44306, 330.796.1244, lockheedmartin.com

Goodyear built the Airdock in 1929 as a facility to manufacture its airships. At 1,175 feet long, 325 feet wide and 211 feet high, it’s one of the largest buildings in the world without interior supports. Drive-by photos only.

Magical Theatre Co.

565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton 44203, 330.848.3708, magicaltheatre.org

Housed in the 1919-built Park Theater, the Magical Theatre Co. is the only professional resident and touring theater for young audiences and families in Northeast Ohio and provides cultural and educational experiences.

MAPS Air Museum

2260 International Pkwy., North Canton 44720, 330.896.6332, mapsairmuseum.org

Bombers, fighter jets, historical aircrafts and more are on display at this interactive museum hangar.

MGM Northfield Park 10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.908.7625, mgmnorthfieldpark.com

Best-in-class gaming, as well as a variety of musical and comedy venues. Enjoy dining and entertainment at TAP Sports Bar, The Buffet, The Roasted Bean and Center Bar & Lounge.

Michael Angelo’s Winery 5515 Broadview Rd., Richfield 44286, 440.552.2815, michaelangelosbakery.com

A cafe-style winery for a casual experience where the focus is on good food, good wines and good company.

Music from the Western Reserve 21 Aurora St., Hudson 44236, 330.840.8429, musicwr.org Downtown Hudson’s Christ Church Episcopal is the setting for performances by Northeast Ohio’s finest musicians.

Mustill Store and Cascade Locks Park Association Cascade Locks Park, 57 W. North St., Akron 44304, 330.374.5625, cascadelocks.org The Mustill Store, circa 1850, is open to the public on weekends April through October. Cascade Locks Park Association protects this vital piece of history.

National Museum of Psychology

Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, The University of Akron, 73 S. College St., Akron 44325, 330.972.7285, uakron.edu/chp

Delve into the past, present and future of psychology and related human sciences, including the Archives of the History of American Psychology and the Institute for Human Science & Culture.

Nauti Vine Winery

3950 S. Main St., Akron 44319 330.644.5444, nautivine.com

Enjoy a variety of vintage wines on the shores of the Portage Lakes.

Just a kid from Akron Clark Gable stepped off a bus in Akron in 1919 and found work first at Firestone and later at Miller Rubber. It was also in Akron that he saw his first play and fell in love with theater. He landed a small role in a play during his one year in Akron.

PHOTOS BY TIM FITZWATER, AKRON SYMPHONY, MAGICAL THEATER CO. Lock 4 Magical Theater Co. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

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THE BREW KETTLE 11 Atterbury Blvd. Hudson, 44236 TheBrewKettle.com

BRIGHTEN BREWING 1374 S Cleveland-Massillon Rd. Copley, 44321 BrightenBrew.com

EIGHTY-THREE BREWERY 1201 E Market St. Akron, 44305 Eighty-ThreeBrewery.com

HIHO BREWING CO. 1707 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, 44221 HihoBrewingCo.com

HOP TREE BREWING 1297 Hudson Gate Dr Hudson, 44236 HopTreeBrewing.com

HOPPIN’ FROG BREWERY 1680 E Waterloo Road Akron, 44306 HoppinFrog.com

IGNITE BREWING CO 600 W Tuscarawas Ave Barberton, 44203 IgniteBeer.com

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OHIO BREWING COMPANY 2250 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, 44221 OhioBrewing.com

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The Nightlight Cinema

30 N. High St., Akron 44308, 330.252.5782, nightlightcinema.com

Akron’s first movie house for independent art and offbeat and foreign films. Local fare and libations complement the experience. None Too Fragile Theatre at the Coach House 732 W. Exchange St., Akron 44302, 330.962.5547, nonetoofragile.com/akron Akron’s home for professional, off-Broadway style black box theatre has a new location at the former Coach House Theatre.

Northside Marketplace/ District & High Street Area downtownakron.com, northsidemarketplace.com These areas are the center of commerce and culture, history meets art, music meets fashion and food meets soul.

Oakwood Cemetery Chapel 2420 Oakwood Dr., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, cfoakwoodchapel.com Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the chapel welcomes visitors for a variety of entertainment and social gatherings.

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., Sixth Floor, Akron 44308, Tickets: 888.718.4253, General: 330.374.7574, ohioshakespearefestival.com

This professional theater company is dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages.

Pan African Center for Community Studies

The Buckingham Building, 220 Wolf Ledges Pkwy., Akron 44325, 330.972.7030, uakron.edu

Get an in-depth look at the African American community’s history and impact on Akron through art and historical exhibits, as well as a Black History lecture series. Free.

Peninsula Art Academy

1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2248, peninsulaartacademy.com

The gallery, studios and exhibit hall offer something for every art enthusiast.

Perkins Stone Mansion

The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, 550 Copley Rd., Akron 44320, 330.535.1120, summithistory.org

Built in 1837, the former home of Colonel Simon Perkins Jr. is one of the finest and most treasured examples of Greek Revival architecture in the U.S.

Just a hero from Akron. In 1978, NASA selected Firestone High School graduate Judith Resnik as an astronaut candidate, and she flew her first mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. Sadly, we lost Resnik on the ill-fated flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.

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Stop over May - October to see the working dogs herd the sheep. Did we say puppies? SummitHistory.org
Mutton Hill

Porthouse Theatre

1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44242, 330.672.3884, kent.edu/porthouse

This professional outdoor theater, located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, features shows presented in a covered 500-seat theater. Pre-show picnics are encouraged.

Quirk Cultural Center

1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.971.8425, cityofcf.com/places/quirk

The 200-seat Newell Theatre entertains residents and visitors with an array of programming for all ages.

Rubber City Theatre

The University of Akron, 234.252.0272, rubbercitytheatre.com

Together, our family of wildly talented artists and storytellers create innovated, intimate productions that open the eyes and hearts of our audiences in an intentionally accessible, inclusive and safe space.

Sarah’s Vineyard

1204 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.929.8057, sarahsvineyardwinery.com

Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the original pre-Civil War farmhouse has been transformed into a popular local winery and art gallery.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

6217 Chittenden Rd., Boston Heights 44236, 234.249.3030, skyzone.com

Whether you’re in the mood for some jumping or fun and games, Sky Zone has it all.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N. Portage Path, Akron 44303, 330.836.5533, stanhywet.org

The original estate of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling, the 65room Tudor Revival manor house and grounds is the nation’s sixth largest private home open to the public. Open April–December.

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Enriching people’s lives and enhancing our region by inspiring use, preservation and support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Stow Symphony Orchestra

Performances at Stow High School Auditorium, 3227 Graham Rd., Stow 44224, 330.678.0029, stoworchestra.org

The SSO exists to give orchestral musicians the opportunity to perform classical and contemporary classical repertoire in a professional atmosphere.

Summit Artspace

140 E. Market St., Akron 44308, 330.376.8480, summitartspace.org

Featuring more than 30 exhibits each year, this multi-level building is a canvas for art and a stage for performances.

Summit Choral Society 50 S. Main St., Ste. LL 130, Akron 44308, 330.434.7464, summitchoralsociety.org

Summit Choral Society’s mission is to produce and present quality performances of distinguished choral music for the enjoyment and education of our singers, patrons and the Greater Akron community.

Summit County Fairgrounds 229 E. Howe Rd., Tallmadge 44278, 330.633.6200, summitfair.com

A year-round agricultural and special event venue, the grounds’ signature event is its annual fair each July.

The Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio 550 Copley Rd., Akron 44320, 330.535.1120, summithistory.org

Founded in 1924, the Society manages the Perkins Stone Mansion, John Brown House and the Old Stone School.

Tuesday Musical Association 1041 W. Market St., Akron 44313, 330.761.3460, tuesdaymusical.org

World-class musicians grace the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall stage each season.

Just a kid from Akron. Rita Dove, a Buchtel High School graduate, won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1987. Then in 1992, she was named the United States Poet Laureate — an office she held from 1993–1995.

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Urban Air Adventure Park

160 Rothrock Loop, Akron 44321, 330.532.7116, urbanair.com

Find family fun for all ages at this adventure park complete with free jump and dodgeball on trampolines, climbing walls and a Warrior Course.

Weathervane Playhouse

1301 Weathervane Ln., Akron 44313, 330.836.2626, weathervaneplayhouse.com

This community playhouse has welcomed audiences to its passionate performances for more than 70 years.

The Western Reserve Playhouse

3326 Everett Rd., Bath 44286, 330.620.7314, westernreserveplayhouse.org

Experience dramas, comedies and thoughtprovoking performances held in an 1886 barn, an intimate setting with 100 seats.

The Winery at Wolf Creek

2637 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Norton 44203, 330.666.9285, wineryatwolfcreek.com

This family-owned winery offers wine tastings, cooking classes, tours and other events.

An immersive way to learn history! Halefarm.org | (330) 666-3711
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Please contact the location in advance of your visit to ensure adherence to reservation policies.

Akron/Canton Jellystone Park 12712 Hoover Ave. N.W., Uniontown 44685, 330.877.9800, akroncantonjellystone.com

Cherokee Park Co. 3064 St. Rte. 43, Brimfield 44260, 330.673.1964

Clearwater Park 12712 Hoover Ave., Uniontown 44685, 330.877.9800

Countryside Campground 2687 St. Rte. 43, Mogadore 44260, 330.628.1212

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Stanford Backcountry Campsites, 6390 Stanford Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2909 ext. 119

Hillside Park of Clinton 2534 W. Comet Rd., Clinton 44216, 330.882.5678

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park 5031 Manchester Rd., Akron 44319, 330.644.2220

Silver Springs Campground 5238 Young Rd., Stow 44224, 330.689.5100

Summit Metro Parks

Big Bend Trailhead, Akron Franklin Trailhead, New Franklin, 330.867.5511

Valley Overlook 4451 Akron Peninsula Rd., Peninsula 44264, 216.570.1785, valleyoverlook.com

Boston Mills/ Brandywine Ski Resort

7100 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264, 800.875.4241, bmbw.com

From beginner hills to more advanced slopes and moguls, Boston Mills/ Brandywine serves skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels.

Burning River Adventures 330.969.2628, paddletheriver.com

Enjoy self-guided tours on the Cuyahoga River. Rentals available.

Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team

Emerald Lake, 3196 Clark Mill Rd., Norton 44203, 216.374.6719, chippewaskiteam.com

Check out Ohio’s only competitive water ski show team. Performing on Wednesdays through August at Emerald Lake and Labor Day weekend at Chippewa Lake Beach. Free.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga

Valley National Park

1403 W. Hines Hill Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2909, conservancyforcvnp.org

The Conservancy enriches people’s lives and enhances our region by inspiring use, preservation and support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Did you know?

In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill that established the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. In the year 2000, Congressman Ralph Regula helped to change the park’s designation to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

15610 Vaughn Rd., Brecksville 44141, 330.657.2752, nps.gov/cuva

With 33,000 acres of natural treasures, Ohio’s only national park was the seventh most-visited park in the U.S. in 2020. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway.

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm 1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313, 330.865.8065, summitmetroparks.org

The 104-acre Nature Realm, named for early Metro Parks commissioner F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., includes gardens, a 10,000-sq.-ft. visitor center, hiking trails, two ponds and observation decks. Lake Anna Park

Corner of Park Ave. and Sixth St., Barberton 44203, 330.848.6739

Encircling the 10-acre natural lake are 21 acres of parkland with two walking paths, a war memorial and a statue of O.C. Barber, who named the lake after his daughter. A gazebo is the site of concerts and other performances during the summer.




The story of Akron is the story of moving. Sometimes it’s people moving stuff, sometimes it’s stuff moving people, but Akronites are always on the move.

This fascination with movement goes back before there was actually an Akron, when the area’s native people traveled vast distances by canoe using the rivers.

Lake Kim Tam Park

2881 Canton Rd., Uniontown 44685, 330.699.2648, kimtampark.com

Lake Kim Tam is a local swim park opened by Charles William Patton in 1956 for the community of Uniontown. Surrounded by a sandy beach, the spring-water-fed lake has kiddie slides on one end and a dock with diving boards on the other!

Loyal Oak Lake Park

2678 S. Hametown Rd., Norton 44203, 330.825.4343, thelakepark.com

Swim, play, picnic, golf and camp at this well-kept family recreation club, which features a playground area, picnic shelters and grills, a refreshment bar, sun deck, sports equipment and facilities, miniature golf and more.

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition 47 W. Exchange St., Akron 44308, 330.374.5657, ohioeriecanal.org

Richard Howe House Visitors Center provides information about the Ohio & Erie Canalway and Towpath Trail.

Ohio & Erie Canalway

National Heritage Area

Multiple locations, 330.374.5657, ohioanderiecanalway.com

Experience culture and heritage and find recreation and natural beauty in the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Travel by Towpath, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or drive the America’s Byway to explore the NHA.

Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park

8005 Cleveland Massillon Rd., Clinton 44216, 330.773.2385, ovmp.org

Funded solely by private donations, the memorial park is unlike any other with the longest free-standing memorial in the country.

Peninsula peninsulaohio.com

Charmingly trapped in time, this village gets its name from the sharp bend of the Cuyahoga River. With restaurants, unique shops, the Towpath Trail, Century Cycles and a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train depot, the town is the perfect place for a full day of fun.

Summit Metro Parks

975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313, 330.867.5511, summitmetroparks.org

This 14,300-acre park system features 16 developed parks and several conservation areas, and averages 5 million visits a year. It has more than 125 miles of trails for walking, hiking and biking, including 22.4 miles of the Towpath Trail.

Virginia Kendall Park

15610 Vaughn Rd., Brecksville 44141, 330.657.2752, nps.gov/cuva

A part of the larger Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Virginia Kendall features a series of climbing ledges, including the popular Ritchie Ledges that give visitors a glimpse into the ancient rock history of the area.

In 1825, work began on the Ohio and Erie Canal. Simon Perkins noticed that there was nothing around the high point of the canal. He was sure a town around that part would do a lot of business selling to the travelers — even as they were moving goods. He began to make plans for a city, and Akron was born.


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Akron RubberDucks

Canal Park, 300 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.253.5151, akronrubberducks.com

Spend an afternoon or evening watching the Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians, at Canal Park Stadium.


AMF Riviera Lanes

20 S. Miller Rd., Fairlawn 44333, 330.836.7985, amf.com/rivieralanes 40 lanes.

North Woods Lanes

10435 Valley View Rd., Macedonia 44056, 330.467.7925, northwoodslanes.com

24 lanes.

Slovene Center Bowling

Lanes & Ballroom

70 14th St. N.W., Barberton 44203, 330.825.9639, thehallhub.com 8 lanes.

Spins Bowl Akron


2911 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron 44312, 330.628.4822, akronlanes.com/bowling 64 lanes.


580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron 44310, 330.928.2161, stonehedgeakron.com 48 lanes.


Kendall Cliffs

60 Kendall Park Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.655.5444, kendallcliffs.com

This rock gym offers a 7,000-sq.-ft., 35-foot-high climbing surface.

Rock Mill Climbing

677 Carroll St., Akron 44303, 330.222.6419, rockmillclimbing.com

This bouldering gym for all ages also offers fitness and yoga.


Akron Zips 888.99.AKRON, gozips.com

Show your team spirit for The University of Akron’s sports teams, including basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, soccer, track and field and the Zips football team, which plays at InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field.


Boettler Park Disc Golf

5300 Massillon Rd., North Canton 44720

Chestnut Ridge Disc Golf

1926 19th St., Akron 44314

Hudson Disc Golf 7095 Stow Rd., Hudson 44224

Johnson Disc Golf 3409 Johnson Rd., Norton 44203

Portage Lakes Disc Golf Course 5031 Manchester Rd., Akron 44319, 330.644.2220, pldga.com

Silver Creek Metro Disc Golf 4579 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton 44203


Akron’s love of sports began long before King James took his first steps onto the court at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s gymnasium.

In the early 1900s, intramural basketball teams from Akron’s rubber factories led to the formation of the National Basketball League (NBL) in the 1930s.

Today, Akron is known as the home of LeBron James, but it’s also the birthplace of Stephen Curry and Larry Nance Jr.

Professional football’s early history also runs through Akron. In 1920, the Akron Pros joined the American Professional Football Association (APFA).

Downtown’s Canal Park opened in 1997 as home of Double-A baseball’s Akron Aeros. In 2013, the name was changed to the RubberDucks as a nod to the rubber and toy industry.

Under head coach Caleb Porter, The University of Akron Zips won the 2010 NCAA National Championship in soccer.



Downview Sports Center

1617 Bailey Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.971.8418, cityofcf.com/places/downview

This seasonal golf and family entertainment center features a driving range, 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages and a skate park.

Fun ‘n’ Stuff Amusement Park

661 E. Highland Rd., Macedonia 44056, 330.467.0820, fun-n-stuff.com

Fun ‘n’ Stuff is an indoor/outdoor yearround amusement park with attractions for all ages, including laser tag, roller skating, eurobungy, a rock climbing wall, go-karts and miniature golf.

Springfield Lake Roller Rink

1220 Main St., Lakemore 44250, 330.733.9026, springfieldlakerollerrink.com

Water Works Family Aquatic Center 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.971.8299, cityofcf.com/waterworks

The Aquatic Center has something for everyone. Float down the lazy river, shoot down the drop or flume slides, swim laps or sit back and enjoy the zero-depth pool. Check out rentable poolside cabanas.


Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Dr. N.W., Canton 44708, 330.456.8207, profootballhof.com

The Pro Football Hall of Fame serves to honor, preserve, educate and promote football. Visit permanent exhibits such as the Super Bowl Theater and the Pro Football Today Gallery, as well as the new Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.


Brookledge Golf Club

1621 Bailey Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.971.8416, brookledgegc.com

18-hole course.

Challenge Golf at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute

1596 Flickinger Rd., Akron 44312, 330.784.5400, edwinshaw.org

The program offers a supportive atmosphere to encourage persons with disabilities to play golf and build their skills. Classes are taught by PGA professional Ron Tristano and other qualified staff.

Chenoweth Golf Course

3087 Chenoweth Rd., Akron 44312, 330.644.0058, chenowethgolf.com

18-hole course. Driving range. Banquet hall.

Firestone Country Club

452 E. Warner Rd., Akron 44319,

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Did you know?

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) was founded in Akron in 1958 by attorney Eddie Elias, and the historic AMF Riviera Lanes has hosted dozens of PBA tournaments. Go to visitakronsummit.org for info on local lanes.

Fox Den Golf Course

2770 Call Rd., Stow 44224, 330.673.3443, foxdengc.com

18-hole course.

J.E. Good Park Golf Course 530 Nome Ave., Akron 44320, 330.375.2092, golfakroncity.com

18-hole course.

Kaulig Companies Championship


The golfing world once again descends upon Firestone Country Club.

Loyal Oak Golf Course

2909 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Norton 44203, 330.825.2904, loyaloakgolf.com

27-hole course.

Mud Run Golf Course & Driving Range

2000 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron 44314, 330.375.2728, golfakroncity.com

Nine-hole course.

Raintree Country Club 4350 Mayfair Rd., Uniontown 44685, 330.699.3232, golfraintree.com

18-hole course.

Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course & Practice Range 600 Swartz Rd., Akron 44319, 330.724.4444, clubcorpgolf.com

Nine-hole course.

Kaulig Companies Championship

Rolling Greens Miniature Golf & Driving Range

2929 Edison St. N.W. (St. Rte. 619), Uniontown 44685, 330.699.9900, rollinggreensminiaturegolf.com

Turkeyfoot Golf Course 294 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., Akron 44319, 330.644.5971, turkeyfootgolf.com 27-hole course.

Westlawn Golf Range 1423 Collier Rd., Akron 44320, 330.836.0011



Akron Marathon Race Series, presented by Summa Health

453 S. High St., Ste. 301, Akron 44311, 330.434.2786, 877.375.2RUN, akronmarathon.org

The Akron Marathon is the signature race of the three-race series and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.


FirstEnergy All-American

Soap Box Derby

789 Derby Downs Dr., Akron 44306, 330.733.8723, soapboxderby.org

Billed as “The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World,” the Derby welcomes the best racers from around the country and across the globe to compete in the world championship.

Gravity Racing Challenge

789 Derby Downs Dr., Akron 44306, 330.733.8723, soapboxderby.org

Promoting the STEM education initiative, the Challenge is held twice each year at the world-famous Derby Downs Track.

Northfield Park

10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.467.4101, northfieldpark.com

Enjoy live harness racing more than 200 days a year and simulcasting year-round.


Akron Roller Derby


Built for hard hits and speed, these women make the Rubber City proud.


Copley Road Soccer Fields

1806 Copley Rd., Akron 44320, 330.375.2855, akronohio.gov

10 fields and one basketball court.

NC Soccer Club

5561 Stow Rd., Hudson 44236, 330.650.2554, ncsoccerhudson.com

Three fields and a pro shop.


Green Tennis Club

3937 Glen Eagles Blvd., Uniontown 44685, 330.699.5028, greentennisclub.net

Four indoor courts.

Herb LaTuchie Tennis Center

3200 Darrow Rd., Stow 44224, 330.688.6085, latuchietennis.com

Six indoor and four outdoor courts.

Springside Racquet & Fitness Club

215 Springside Dr., Akron 44333, 330.666.3778, springsidefitness.com

Five indoor and six outdoor courts and spa facilities.

Towpath Tennis Center

2108 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron 44313, 330.928.8763, towpathtennis.com

13 indoor and two outdoor courts and a pro shop.

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Akron Family Restaurant

250 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.376.0600, akronfamilyrestaurant.com

Enjoy traditional American breakfast and lunch options at this Akron staple.

Barley House

222 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.374.0925, barleyhouseakron.com

Choose from classic American dishes served in a sports bar atmosphere with occasional live local music.


205 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 234.678.0761, baxtersbar.com

Grab pub-inspired fare and choose from a wide range of beer and cocktail choices.

Chameleon Café

23 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 234.334.3603, chameleoncafeakron.com

Unique and delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet treats made fresh.

Chill Ice Cream

209 S. Main St., Akron 44308, chill-icecream.com

Fresh, local ingredients are used to make unique, artisan flavors.

Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant

326 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.434.2876, cilantrothai.com

Thai and Japanese favorites including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.


156 S. Main St., Akron 44308, eatdrinkcrave.com

Experience a fresh twist on classic American dishes.


21 Furnace St., Akron 44308, 330.375.5050, danteakron.com

Modern American cuisine from Executive Chef Dante Boccuzzi in a music-themed atmosphere.

The Diamond Deli

378 S. Main St., Akron 44311, 330.762.5877, diamonddeli.us

Specialty sandwiches with fun names from a family-owned and -operated Akron staple.

Diamond Grille

77 W. Market St., Akron 44308, 330.253.0041, diamondgrille.com

Vintage décor takes you back in time to enjoy traditional steak and seafood dishes. *Cash or check only.

Eddie’s Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille

147 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 234.312.9835, eddiesfamouscheesesteaks.com

Try towering cheesesteaks that have been perfected with 30 years of experience.

El Patron Tequileria & Cuisine

54 E. Mill St., Akron 44308, 234.231.1665, elpatrontequileria.com

Enjoy the finest Mexican cuisine, tequila and mezcal.

Hamad’s on Main

121 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.615.7544, hamadsonmain.com

Healthy breakfast and lunch made from scratch daily.

Jilly’s Music Room

111 N. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.576.5960, jillysmusicroom.com

Live music venue with a menu full of creative and shareable small plates.

Did you know?

Jacob Paquin started the Norka Beverage company in 1925 as an answer to Prohibition. Norka (Akron spelled backward) soda pops were popular in the area and produced until the 1960s. In 2015, Michael Considine — a young Akron entrepreneur — revived the Norka brand as a craft soda, which now sells nationwide.

The Lockview

207 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.252.5128, thelockview.com

Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and soups to accompany a wide selection of craft beers.

Luigi’s Restaurant

105 N. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.253.2999, luigisrestaurant.com

A local favorite, Luigi’s serves pizza and classic Italian dishes until 2 a.m. on the weekends. *Cash only.

Perfect Pour

376 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 234.334.4219, perfectpourakron.com

Burgers, cocktails and top-shelf bourbons – it’s just that simple!

Rockne’s Pub

7 Merriman Rd., Akron 44303, 330.762.7555, rocknes.com

Casual dining with a local sports bar feel. Sandwiches, salads, burgers and more. The Spaghetti Warehouse

510 S. Main St., Akron 44311, 330.374.0025, meatballs.com

Try traditional Italian dishes served in a welcoming, familiar environment.

The Tea Lady

815 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron 44308, 234.200.5806, ohiotealady.com

Enjoy morning tea, afternoon tea or high tea at the Tea Room. Treat yourself and your friends to something very special.

Totally Baked Pizza

18 N. High St., Akron 44308, 234.678.0421, totallybakedpizza.net

Savor pizza’s holy trinity: sauce, cheese and dough in unapologetically delicious combinations.

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Twisted Tomato Pizzeria & Beerwall

325 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.849.5707, twisted-tomato.com

Pair your favorite pizza pie with more than 30 beer options.


Aladdin’s Eatery

782 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.535.0110, aladdinseatery.com

Serves healthy Lebanese-American fare with over 70 vegetarian and vegan options. Angel Falls Coffee Co.

792 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.376.5282

Sip a cup of coffee or tea while enjoying a bite to eat from a full lunch menu or a pastry.

Irie Jamaican Kitchen

837 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.333.9020, iriejakitchen.com

Serving up authentic Jamaican and fusion flavors in a fast-casual culinary experience.

Mr. Zub’s

795 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.252.0272, mrzubs.com

Open late to make sure you have a great sandwich after an evening in Highland Square.

Mustard Seed Market & Café

867 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.434.7333, mustardseedmarket.com

Creative dishes made with organic ingredients and lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Square Scullery

783 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44303 330.983-9387, squarescullery.com

Pop-up bao and ramen bar with eclectic decor and patio seating.

Wally Waffle

845 W. Market St., Akron 44303, 330.374.4915, wallywaffle.net

Serving made-to-order breakfast and brunch favorites seven days a week.


Gasoline Alley

870 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron 44333, 330.666.2670, gasolinealleyinbath.com

Enjoy upscale pub grub in a casual, fun atmosphere featuring a full bar.

Ken Stewart’s Lodge

1911 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Bath 44333, 330.666.8881, kenstewarts.com/lodge

A cozy atmosphere inspired by a log cabin with a creative, artisan menu.

Ken Stewart’s Tre Belle

1911 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Bath 44333, 330.666.9990, kenstewarts.com/trebelle

Authentic Italian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.

Musketeers Bar & Grill

3027 Brecksville Rd., Richfield 44286, 330.659.4111, musketeersgrill.com

A friendly, local, sports-loving environment with great pub grub and a rotating craft beer menu.

Trattoria Vaccaro

1000 Ghent Rd., Akron 44333, 330.666.6158, vactrat.com

Take a walk on the wild side with palatepleasing twists on classic Italian cuisine.


Aladdin’s Eatery

3895 Medina Rd., Fairlawn 44333, 330.665.3102, aladdinseatery.com

Healthy Lebanese-American fare with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.

Beau’s Grille

3180 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.867.5218, beausgrille.com

Classic breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes in a relaxing, contemporary environment.

Beau’s Market & Deli

1275 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron 44321, 234.466.7720, beausmarket.com

Discover specialty foods, deli favorites, wines and regionally-made items in this country-chic market and deli.

Bomba Tacos & Rum

3900 Medina Rd., Akron 44333, 330.466.7180, bombatacos.com

A unique Cuban, Caribbean and Central and South American twist on tacos with a bar serving craft cocktails.

Bombay Grill

117 Merz Blvd., Fairlawn 44333, 330.664.0689, bombaygrilloh.com

Flavorful Indian cuisine made with healthy ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere.

Café Bricco West

3150 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.835.2203, briccowest.com

Enjoy dinner with all-time favorites and modern Italian dishes.

D’Agnese’s 566 White Pond Dr., Akron 44320, 234.678.3612, dagneseswhitepond.com

Casual dining with upscale modern and Italian selections.

Dewey’s Pizza

3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.873.4444, deweyspizza.com

Taking pizza to the next level. Rocking obsessively fresh pizza. Enjoy the best beer, salads, pizza and music.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4000 Medina Rd., Akron 44333, 330.670.5200, flemingssteakhouse.com

A robust selection of wines to accompany small plate, steak and seafood options.

Ken Stewart’s Grille

1970 W. Market St., Akron 44313, 330.867.2555, kenstewarts.com/grille

Fine dining with an award-winning wine list featuring a selection of 400 bottles.


115 Montrose W. Ave., Akron 44321, 330.777.2005, kingfishakron.com

Dine on the freshest seasonal seafood specialties, crafted from regional American techniques.

Lanning’s Restaurant

826 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron 44333, 330.864.2553, lannings-restaurant.com

Enjoy beautiful views at this fine-dining, family-owned restaurant.

Melt Bar and Grilled 3921 Medina Rd., Akron 44333, meltbarandgrilled.com

Serving grilled cheese sandwiches with lots of creative options — including Impossible Meat — in a fun and colorful atmosphere.

Mustard Seed Market & Café

3885 W. Market St., Akron 44333, 330.666.SEED, mustardseedmarket.com

All-natural and organic ingredients with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The Rail

3265 W. Market St., Akron 44333, 330.864.7245, therailburger.com

Delicious burgers made with locally raised beef and a selection of sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Rockne’s Pub

2914 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.836.7662, rocknes.com

Casual dining with a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and an extensive beer list.

Skyway Drive-In

2781 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.836.2806, skywayrestaurants.net

Classic car-side service offers you delicious burgers and so much more.

Swenson’s Drive-In Restaurant

40 Brookmont Rd., Montrose 44333, 330.665.1858, and 40 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron 44313, 330.864.8416, swensonsdriveins.com

Known for its famous Galley Boy burger, meals are served classic drive-in style.

Tito’s Mexican Grill

25 Ghent St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.835.9801, titosfairlawn.com

Enjoy lunch or dinner at this family-friendly authentic Mexican establishment.


Angie’s Italian Restaurant

343 Fourth St. N.W., Barberton 44203, 330.745.6056, angiesbarberton.com

This casual Italian-inspired spot highlights appetizers, soups, salads and pizza.

Belgrade Gardens

401 E. State St., Barberton 44203, 330.745.0113, belgradegardenschicken.com

Try a local staple: juicy fried chicken with French fries, coleslaw and hot sauce.

Casa Del Mar

3725 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Barberton 44203, 330.825.6000, casadelmarnorton.com

Each dish is an experience at this authentic Mexican restaurant featuring fresh ingredients.

The Coffee Pot Restaurant

205 Second St. N.W., Barberton 44203, 330.745.2596

Grab a coffee or stop in for breakfast or lunch at this family-friendly establishment.


The story of food and drink in Akron is the story of people who immigrated to the area from different parts of the world.

As German immigrants moved to the area in the early days of Akron, they opened the first breweries, a tradition that continues on today with breweries such as Thirsty Dog Brewing.

While selling concessions at a fair in Hamburg, New York, in 1885, German-descended Akronites Frank and Robert Menches ran out of pork sausage for their sandwiches and switched to ground beef. They named the sandwich after the fair, calling it a “Hamburg.” Bob’s Hamburg opened in 1931, and Swenson’s opened in 1934. Immigrants from all over the world continue to choose Akron, bringing the flavors of home with them, from Thai to Nepalese and many more.

Akron’s palette of flavors continues to expand.


El Jalapenos

1195 Wooster Rd., Barberton 44203, 330.706.9554, eljalapenosmexicanrestaurant.com

Pair Mexican dishes of steak, seafood and chicken with a drink from the margarita menu.

Green Diamond Grille & Pub

125 Second St. N.W., Barberton 44203, 330.745.1900, greendiamondgrille.com

This award-winning grill and pub features fine dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.

Kave Coffee Bar at Nine Muses

Art Gallery

584 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton 44203, 234.571.2721, ninemusesart.com/kave

Enjoy hot teas, blended treats and classic combinations surrounded by local art.

Sweet Henrie’s

1365 Gardner Blvd., Norton 44203, 330.825.0365, sweethenries.com

A quaint and casual eatery serving classic American dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tomaso’s Italian Villa

3271 Barber Rd., Barberton 44203, 330.745.6063, tomasositalianvilla.com

Pasta, pizza, calzones and more at this friendly family-owned and -operated Italian eatery.

Village Inn Chicken

4444 Cleveland Massillon Rd., Norton 44203, 330.825.4553

Satisfy your craving for Barberton’s famous fried chicken.

Wolf Creek Tavern

3044 Wadsworth Rd., Norton 44203, 234.571.4531, wolfcreektavern.com

A rustic atmosphere accompanies a menu of fresh American fare and a robust beer and wine selection. *Closed Mondays.



10333 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.467.0567, compadresgrillohio.com

Quality Mexican-American cuisine served in a friendly and inviting atmosphere with a selection of signature margaritas.

MGM Northfield Park

10777 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.908.7625, mgmnorthfieldpark.com

Enjoy a variety of dining options inside the Northfield Park racino, including Kosar’s Wood Fired Grill and TAP Sports Bar.

Shanghai Wok by B&Y

10424 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.467.7020, shanghaiwokbyby.com

Excellent service accompanies flavorful Chinese-American classics made with fresh ingredients.


10446 Northfield Rd., Northfield 44067, 330.468.8688, spennatos.com

Authentic Italian dishes including pizza, pasta and soups from Chef Egidio Di Paola.


Fisher’s Café & Pub

1607 Main St., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2651, fisherscafe.com

Historic family-owned restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner.

Winking Lizard Tavern

1615 Main St., Peninsula 44264, 330.467.1002, winkinglizard.com

Playful bar-and-grill dining with more than 130 draft and bottled beers.


Beau’s on the River

1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.920.7530, beausontheriver.com

Classic breakfast, lunch and dinner options with views of the Cuyahoga River rapids.

The Blue Door Café & Bakery

1970 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.926.9774, bluedoorcafebakery.com

Fine dining meets fresh, all-natural dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Brick House Tavern & Tap

581 Howe Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.920.6244, brickhousetavernandtap.com

Pair a salad, sandwich, burger or entree with a selection from an extensive wine and beer list.

Burntwood Tavern

2291 Riverfront Pkwy., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.794.7085, burntwoodtavern.com

Enjoy a rustic dining experience featuring a variety of drink options and traditional American fare, including burgers, sandwiches, seafood and vegetarian options.

Butcher and Sprout

1846 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.801.0009, butcherandsprout.com

Find delicious food, including burgers, salads, and dishes like beer-braised smoked brisket made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients.

The Cashmere Cricket

2235 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.928.8200, cashmerecricket.com

This neighborhood bar serves creative small plates, signature cocktails and craft beers.

The Chowder House

2028 Chestnut Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330.794.7102, thechowderhousecafe.com

A colorful and eclectic atmosphere accompanies this seafood restaurant’s creative menu. *Cash and check only.

Crave Cantina

2097 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221 330.931.4119, cravecantina.com

From Caribbean to Central and South American dishes, find Latin fare, globallyinspired tacos and specialty cocktails.

Darby’s on Fifty-Nine

2764 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.922.7540, darbyson59.com

Hip nook for seasonal American pub grub such as sliders and flatbreads, plus craft beer and cocktails.

El Mesón Mexican Restaurant

657 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.920.1759, elmesonohiotogo.com

Savor authentic and classic dishes with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

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Hibachi Japan

1803 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.928.3333, hibachijapanohio.com

Choose from sushi or steak to vegetarian and vegan options.

Lemongrass Grill

20 N. Main St., Munroe Falls 44262, 234.706.6488, eatlemongrass.com

This Thai restaurant brings the fresh and unique tastes of Southeast Asia to the area.

Leo’s Italian Social

2251 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.400.4427, leositaliansocial.com

Enjoy classic Italian dishes in a casually elegant atmosphere.

Moe’s Restaurant

2385 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.928.6600, moesrestaurant.com

Casual, tavern-style dining featuring a creative menu and chef’s specials for lunch and dinner.

Ohio Brewing Company

2250 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 234.208.6243, ohiobrewing.com

An award-winning microbrewery with a wide beer selection and filling comfort food.

Pav’s Creamery

2162 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.208.0202, pavscreamery.com

Homemade ice cream, custard and frozen yogurt that has been a local favorite since 1969.

Rockne’s Pub

1203 Bailey Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.922.3663, rocknes.com

Casual dining with a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and an extensive beer list.

Swenson’s Drive-In Restaurant

658 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron 44310, 330.928.8515, swensonsdriveins.com

Known for its famous Galley Boy burger, meals are served classic drive-in style.


The Merchant Tavern 1824 Merriman Rd., Akron 44313, 330.865.9510, themerchanttavern.com

With both indoor and outdoor seating, this gastropub serves up great food and excellent cocktails, wine and beer.

Papa Joe’s – Iacomini’s

1561 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron 44313, 330.923.7999, papajoes.com

This Italian-American restaurant and wine shop offers fine dining and is known for its house-made lasagna.

Pub Bricco

1841 Merriman Rd., Akron 44313, 330.869.0035, pubbricco.com

Quality pub-style grub with a large beverage menu and live jazz on Wednesdays.

Saffron Patch in the Valley

1238 Weathervane Ln., Akron 44313, 330.836.7777, saffronpatchinakron.com

Reserve an evening for elegant dining with authentic, spicy Indian cuisine.

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Pav’s Creamery

3769 Manchester Rd., Akron 44319, 330.644.8524, pavscreamery.com

Homemade ice cream, custard and frozen yogurt that has been a local favorite since 1969. *Open seasonally.

Pick’s at Portage Lakes

530 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron 44319, 330.794.5157, picksatplx.com

Pick’s is a gorgeous 16,000-sq.-ft. facility that sits on the shore of the West Reservoir in Portage Lakes with a large lake front, four bars and 20+ slips for docking.

Skyway Drive-In

951 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., Akron 44312, 330.896.9350, skywayrestaurants.net

Classic car-side offers you delicious upperdecklakes.com in the heart

Akron 44319, waterloorestaurant.com -operated and serving since 1957.

Belgrade Gardens

3476 Massillon Rd., Uniontown 44315, 330.896.3396, belgradegardenschicken.com

Juicy fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and hot sauce.

The Bistro of Green

3459 Massillon Rd., Uniontown 44685, 330.896.1434, thebistroofgreen.com

Indulge in classic cuisine, fine wine and decadent desserts in this upscale, casual environment. Menches Brothers Restaurant

3700 Massillon Rd., Uniontown 44685, 330.896.2288, menchesbros.com

This casual, upbeat restaurant offers more than 50 hamburgers served as they were at the turn of the century.

Pav’s Creamery

3875 Massillon Rd., Uniontown 44685, 330.958.1589, pavscreamery.com

Homemade ice cream, custard and frozen yogurt that has been a local favorite since 1969.

The Twisted Olive

5430 Massillon Rd., Green 44720, 330.899.0550, thetwistedolive.com

Owned and operated by Gervasi Vineyard, this Italian-American kitchen serves classic dishes with an original twist and Gervasi wines.


Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

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35 Brix

3875 Massillon Rd., Heritage Crossing Plaza, Green 44685, 330.899.9200, 35brix.com

Scratch-made kitchen in a relaxed yet energetic setting.

8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg 44087, 330.486.2583, bluecanyonrestaurant.com

Savor award-winning dishes like lobster linguine and wild mushroom pot pie.

D’Angelo’s Italian Ristorante

7995 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg 44087, 330.963.0603, dangelositalian.com

Enjoy classic Italian fare at this mom-and-pop restaurant near Firestone Country Club.

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3 Palms Pizzeria

60 Village Way, Hudson 44236, 330.342.4545, 3palmspizzeria.com

Authentic Neapolitan pizza, hand-rolled and cooked in an Italian-built wood-burning oven.

Aladdin’s Eatery

44 Park Ln., Hudson 44236, 330.656.0560, aladdins.com

Healthy Lebanese-American fare with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.

Brew Kettle

11 Atterbury Blvd., Hudson 44236, 234.284.2955, thebrewkettle.com

Find an extensive beer selection, along with barbecue and classic bar fare.

Cold Stone Creamery

48 Park Ln., Hudson 44236, 330.655.2990, coldstonecreamery.com

Treat yourself to design-your-own ice cream creations.


36 Park Ln., Hudson 44236, 330.655.0059, comidahudson.com

Dine on familiar Mexican favorites made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Downtown 140

140 N. Main St., Hudson 44236, 330.655.2940, downtown140.com

American cuisine with global culinary influences and award-winning wines for lunch or dinner.

Hudson’s Restaurant

80 N. Main St., Hudson 44236, 330.650.1955, hudsonsrestaurant.com

This charming New England-style restaurant is a vibrant breakfast, lunch or dinner destination.

Kepner’s Tavern

88 N. Main St., Hudson 44236, 330.653.8805

Local tavern with over 100 years of service. Enjoy wings, brews and weekly karaoke.

Lager & Vine Gastropub & Wine Bar

30 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson 44236, 330.650.1717, lagerandvine.com

Pair scratch food with drinks from a bar offering craft beer, fine wine and spirits, all in a polished casual ambiance.

One Red Door & Flip Side

49 Village Way, Hudson 44236, 330.342.3667, onereddoorhudson.com

Serving everything from Sunday brunch to charcuterie boards, pizza and large plates, with craft cocktails and a diverse wine list.

Pad Thai

5657 Darrow Rd., Hudson 44236, 330.650.9998, padthaihudson.com

Sample Asian fusion cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere with options like traditional Thai dishes and fresh sushi.

Rosewood Grill

36 E. Streetsboro St., Hudson 44236, 330.656.2100, rosewoodgrill.com

Creative menu and chef specials, irresistible sides and delectable desserts.

Tomato Grill

106 First St., Hudson 44236, 330.342.3771, tomatogrill.com

Adult and kids menus feature an array of entrees, including filet mignon and rack of lamb.

Yours Truly

36 S. Main St., Hudson 44236, 330.650.2900, ytr.com

Enjoy a wide menu with everything from anytime breakfast to juicy burgers and filling entrees.

Zeppe’s Bistro & Pizzeria

5843 Darrow Rd., Hudson 44236, 330.655.9600, hudson.zeppes.com

Enjoy Italian-American cuisine or watch the game at the bar with daily drink specials.


Pancho & Lefty’s 3254 Kent Rd., Stow 44224, 330.686.6781, pancho-and-leftys.com

Authentic Mexican and New American-style lunch or dinner. *Closed Sundays.

Rockne’s Pub

4240 Hudson Dr., Stow 44224, 330.922.9960, rocknes.com

Casual dining with a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and an extensive beer list.

Swenson’s Drive-In Restaurant 4466 Kent Rd., Stow 44224, 330.678.7775, swensonsdriveins.com

Known for its famous Galley Boy burger, meals are served classic drive-in style.

The Wine Mill

4964 Akron Cleveland Rd., Peninsula 44264, 234.571.2594, thewinemill.com

Enjoy small plates, signature wines, brews and cocktails in a casual atmosphere with rustic charm.


Delanie’s Gastro Bar 67 West Ave., Tallmadge 44278, 330.630.2888, delaniesgrille.com

Quality American food meets sudsy brews at Delanie’s Grille.

Firehouse Grille & Pub 10 Tallmadge Cr., Tallmadge 44278, 330.634.9967, firehousetallmadge.com

Catch a game at this family-friendly joint offering delicious favorites at affordable prices.

Sammie’s Bar & Grill

498 South Ave., Tallmadge 44278, 234.678.8334, sammiesbarandgrill.com

Enjoy lunch, dinner or late-night drinks. Large groups welcome.

Beau’s on the River


Akron Glass Works

421 Spicer St., Akron 44311, 330.253.5888, akronglassworks.com

Explore this hot glass studio in a reclaimed church, including demonstrations and workshops.

Akrona Galleries

1765 W. Market St., Akron 44313, 330.865.0909, akrona.com

This gallery boasts the perfect setting for entertaining clients, staff or guests at wine tastings, corporate events and wedding showers. This space specializes in art, sculpture and blown glass.

Appalachian Outfitters/ Kendall Cliffs Rock Gym

60 Kendall Park Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.655.5444, appalachianoutfitters.com

Find all you need for outdoor pursuits, such as climbing, hiking, kayaking or canoeing, made by top-name brands at Peninsula’s leading outdoor gear store. Kendall Cliffs Rock Gym offers a 7,000-sq.-ft. climbing surface rising up to 35 feet high.

Cuyahoga Falls Shopping District downtowncf.com

You’ll find everything from the best in discount, thrift and retail to handcrafted, vintage and much more.

Don Drumm Studios & Gallery

437 Crouse St., Akron 44311, 330.253.6268, dondrummstudios.com

This two-building showplace features the work of sculptor Don Drumm, including cast aluminum, steel and aluminum, pewter and functional and decorative art. The gallery also features jewelry, ceramics, glass and graphics by more than 500 American artists.

Heritage Farms

6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2330, heritagefarms.com

Heritage Farms is where families gather to buy their Christmas trees in the winter, a pumpkin paradise in the fall and the home of beautiful and rare day lilies all summer.

Nonbinary trans comedian and Akron native River Butcher got their big break in 2016 when the ground-breaking series “Take My Wife”was picked up for streaming distribution.

Highland Square

Akron 44303, highlandsquare.org

delightful section of West Market is home to a diverse array of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and other special finds. Don’t miss Square Records, Highland Throwbacks and more.

Hudson Shopping Area/ & Main

Rtes. 303 and 91, Hudson 44236, merchantsofhudson.com, firstandmainhudson.com posh boutiques to time-honored toy stores and environmentally conscious “green” shops, there’s something for all ages and interests in historic Hudson.

Macedonia Commons

Macedonia Commons Boulevard (I-271 and St. Rte. 82), Macedonia 44056 Shop 40 stores, catch a movie or dine at several nearby restaurants at this shopping center.


Montrose Shopping Area

Medina Road (St. Rte. 18) (between Cleveland Massillon Rd. and I-77), Akron 44333

Browse discount shops, specialty stores, super stores, restaurants and retail centers.

Northside Marketplace/District & High Street Area northsidemarketplace.com

In downtown Akron, you will find the center of commerce and culture where history meets art, music meets fashion and food meets soul.

The Peanut Shoppe 203 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.376.7020, akronpeanuts.com

The best nuts are the freshest, and that’s what The Peanut Shoppe offers to all who have passed through its doors since the 1930s. The store sells a wide selection of healthy snacks, chocolate, candies, fresh peanut butter and sugar-free treats.

Peninsula Shopping Area

Main Street, Peninsula 44264, explorepeninsula.com

There’s much to do from antiquing to dining. Explore Yellow Creek Trading Company and more. Get your fill of wings and burgers at Winking Lizard Tavern or Fisher’s Café & Pub.

Just a kid from Akron. While Paul Tazewell was at Buchtel High School in the 1980s, he designed costumes for his school’s production of “The Wiz.” However, Tazewell is probably best known as the Tony Awardwinning designer of the costumes for Broadway musical sensation “Hamilton” and Spielberg’s movie adaptation of “West Side Story.”

Rubber City Clothing

71 Westgate Cir., Akron 44313, 330.434.4722, rubbercityclothing.com

Shoppers can wear Akron on their sleeves after a visit to this specialty store, which sells Akron-specific apparel and novelty items for guys, girls, babies and even pets. Show off your Akron pride with hoodies, T-shirts or tank tops featuring funny catch phrases from the 330.

The Social Department

1707 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.573.7911, thesocialdept.com

Full of local and Ohio-themed clothing, including custom orders.

Hudson Shopping Area/First & Main
Square Records

Summit Mall

3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333, 330.867.1555, shopsummitmall.com

Anchored by Dillard’s and Macy’s, Summit Mall features several stores, including Ann Taylor, Apple, J. Crew, Pandora and Sephora. Restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, Bravo! Cucina Italiana and First Watch.

Trail Mix Peninsula

1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula 44264, 330.657.2091, explorepeninsula.com

Located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley, Trail Mix Peninsula offers a great selection of National Park apparel, books and gifts, plus unique pieces of jewelry, art, photography and keepsakes from local artisans. Browse the children’s area for train and nature games, plush toys and favorite books.

Zeber-Martell Gallery & Clay Studio

43 Furnace St., Akron 44308, 330.253.3808, zerber-martell.com

Nestled in the Northside Marketplace/ District, this eclectic gallery showcases the artwork of its namesakes, as well as other leading national artists.


Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

549 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora 44202, 330.562.2000, premiumoutlets.com/aurora

Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market

1289 Edison St. N.W., Hartville 44632, 330.877.9860, hartvillemarketplace.com


Regardless of what you call this category of shopping, our community is chock-full of items you don’t realize you absolutely have to have until you see them. Explore the participating 25 locations to find special gifts for family, friends or (let’s be honest) yourself!

We encourage you to confirm each location’s days and hours of operation, so that you don’t arrive disappointedlyunable to shop! Use the key located on the “listings” page to determine where you’ll find important information about each location (i.e. their website or social media).

Antique. Reclaimed.
Gypsy Grace &The Vintage Goat
The Bomb Shelter Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market Zeber-Martell Gallery & Clay Studio




BLU-Tique, Akron, A Tribute

Portfolio Hotel

1 S. Main St., Akron 44308, 330.983.4905

Located across the street from BLU Jazz+ and Blue Plate Restaurant. On-site restaurant and lounge.

Courtyard by Marriott

Akron Downtown

41 Furnace St., Akron 44308, 330.252.9228, marriott.com/cakdt

Wi-Fi, indoor pool, business center, laundry facility and exercise options.

Hilton Garden Inn Akron

1307 E. Market St., Akron 44305, 330.733.2900, hiltongardeninnakron.com

Indoor pool, fitness facility, 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, free parking, high-speed internet, complimentary downtown shuttle and business center.


Hampton Inn Richfield

4860 Brecksville Rd., Richfield 44286, 330.659.6662, 800.HAMPTON, hamptoninn.com

Indoor pool, fitness and business centers, coin laundry and room service. Pets allowed.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Richfield

5171 Brecksville Rd., Richfield 44286, 330.523.5000, 800.315.2621, hiexpress.com/cle-richfield

Wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms. Pets allowed.

Quality Inn & Suites Richfield

4742 Brecksville Rd., Richfield 44286, 330.659.6151, choicehotels.com

A 42,000-sq.-ft. atrium houses an indoor pool, whirlpool and miniature golf range. Pets allowed in rooms, not suites.

Super 8 by Wyndham Richfield

4845 Brecksville Rd., Richfield 44286, 330.659.6888, 800.800.8000, super8.com

Free continental breakfast, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, free Wi-Fi and dog friendly.



Baymont Inn

& Suites Copley Akron

130 Montrose W. Ave., Bldg. A, Akron 44321, 330.666.5050, wyndhamhotels.com

Fitness center, meeting room, laundry facility, hair dryer and complimentary continental breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Comfort Inn & Suites Akron

Just a kid from Akron. Actor John Lithgow’s family moved to Akron in 1959 when his father became director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. He got his first exposure to Shakespeare when his father organized a Shakespearean festival on the grounds.

160 Montrose West Ave., Akron 44321, 330.670.0888, choicehotels.com

Indoor pool, free hot breakfast, in-room microwave and fridge, hair dryers, exercise facilities and Jacuzzi rooms. No pets allowed. No smoking.

Courtyard by Marriott


100 Springside Dr., Akron 44333, 330.668.9090, 800.321.2211, marriott.com/cakmt

Includes Starbucks and bistro dining, indoor pool, exercise facility with whirlpool, laundry facilities and complimentary wireless internet.



Econo Lodge Rothrock

79 Rothrock Rd., Akron 44321, 330.666.8887, econolodge.com/hotel/oh541

High-speed internet, outdoor pool, continental breakfast daily, free parking, 24-hour coffee and tea service in lobby, meeting room and free newspaper. Pets allowed.

Extended Stay America

Akron/Copley East

185 Montrose West Ave., Akron 44321, 330.668.9818, extendedstayamerica.com

Full kitchen with full-size refrigerator, two stove-top burners, toaster and coffee maker. Newly remodeled rooms and grab-and-go breakfast. Pets allowed.

Extended Stay America Akron/ Copley West

170 Montrose West Ave., Akron 44321, 330.666.3177, extendedstayamerica.com

Outdoor pool, well-equipped kitchens, free local calls, exercise facilities, high-speed wireless internet and free parking. Pets allowed.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Akron/Fairlawn 208 Springside Dr., Akron 44333, 330.665.0641, fairfieldinn.com

Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, wireless internet, indoor pool and spa, free parking and fitness center.

Hampton Inn Akron/Fairlawn 80 Springside Dr., Akron 44333, 330.666.7361, akronfairlawn.hamptoninn.com

Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, indoor pool, free parking and fitness and business centers.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel & Suites

3180 W. Market St., Akron 44333, 330.867.5000, akronhilton.com

LCD TVs with cable stations, wired and wireless internet, full fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools. Room service from Beau’s Grille. Pets allowed.

Holiday Inn Akron West Fairlawn

4073 Medina Rd., Akron 44333, 330.666.4131, holidayinn.com/akron-west Mobility accessible transfer showers.

Holiday Inn Express Akron Fairlawn

3150 W. Market St., Akron 44333, 330.869.9000, akrondoubletree.com

Restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, exercise facilities, banquet facilities catered by Café Bricco, complimentary wireless high-speed internet and in-room hair dryers and coffee makers. Free parking. Homewood Suites by Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

210 Springside Dr., Akron 44333, 330.664.6000, homewoodsuites.hilton.com

All suites with full kitchens, high-speed internet, complimentary breakfast, free parking, swimming pool, fitness center and meeting room.

Radisson Hotel Akron/Fairlawn

200 Montrose West Ave., Akron 44321, 330.666.9300, radisson.com/akronoh

Extra living space with pull-out sofas and an array of convenient amenities like pay-per-view movies, room service and free Wi-Fi.

Residence Inn by Marriott


4080 Embassy Pkwy., Fairlawn 44333, 330.664.7800, residencefairlawn.com

Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, business center, high-speed internet, complimentary local shuttle, heated indoor pool and guest laundry. Pets allowed.

Super 8 by Wyndham Copley Akron

130 Montrose West Ave., Akron 44321, 330.835.6584, wyndhamhotels.com Meeting room, laundry facility and complimentary continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and hair dryers. Newly remodeled.


Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Cuyahoga Falls

1420 Main St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.926.1233, 800.456.4000, countryinns.com Indoor pool, spa, free continental breakfast, business center and high-speed internet.

Sheraton Suites Akron/ Cuyahoga Falls

1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221, 330.929.3000, 800.325.5788, sheratonakron.com

Beau’s on the River restaurant, free high-speed internet, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness center. Pets allowed.


Cambria Hotel Akron-Canton Airport

1787 Thorn Dr., Uniontown 44685, 330.899.1990, 877.424.6423, cambriasuitesakron.com

Fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, coffee bar, 24-hour store and bistro-style restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Free high-speed internet and local calls.

Comfort Inn Akron South

1025 Interstate Pkwy., Akron 44312, 330.245.0041, choicehotels.com

Complimentary on-site parking, 350-sq.-ft. meeting room, full-service business center, free breakfast, high-speed internet, indoor pool and fitness center.

Extended Stay America Akron

3325 Fortuna Dr., Akron 44312, 330.245.0600, extendedstayamerica.com

Extended-stay property with high-speed internet, on-site laundry, vending machines, full-sized refrigerators and dining tables.

Firestone Country Club 452 E. Warner Rd., Akron 44319, 330.664.8441, firestonecountryclub.com

Three private 18-hole golf courses. Nine-hole public golf course with driving range. Pool tables in villas, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site catering and business center.

Hampton Inn Akron/South

880 Arlington Ridge E., Akron 44312, 330.644.6579, 800.HAMPTON, akronsouth.hamptoninn.com

Complimentary deluxe breakfast, indoor pool, exercise facility, meeting rooms, free local calls and in-room movie channels.

Hilton Garden Inn

Akron-Canton Airport 5251 Landmark Blvd., North Canton 44720, 330.966.4907, 800.782.9444, akroncantonairport.hgi.com

Microwave, refrigerator, hair dryers and coffee makers in all rooms, complimentary internet, HD channels, pool, whirlpool, 24/7 fitness center, business center, cooked-to-order breakfast buffet, complimentary airport shuttle service and full-catering menu for meeting facilities.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Akron South 898 Arlington Ridge E., Akron 44312, 330.644.5600, hiexpress.com/akronsouth Free hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool, fitness center and wireless internet. Ideal meeting space with more than 2,300 sq. ft., A/V equipment and 24-hour business center.

Quality Inn Arlington 2873 S. Arlington Rd., Akron 44312, 330.645.1100, 877.424.6423, choicehotels.com

Microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, at least 32-inch flat-screen TVs, hot tub, business and fitness centers and complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Red Roof Akron 2939 S. Arlington Rd., Akron 44312, 330.644.7748, 800.RED.ROOF, redroof.com Free in-lobby coffee, parking and local calls.


1836 Seth Iredell takes office as Akron’s first mayor. 1886 Thomas Edison marries Mina Miller at 142 King St. 1910 Goodyear begins operating own bus fleet. 1904 Frank Menches creates the cream cone when he out of bowls. 1913 The Ohio & Erie Canal permanently closes due to flood damage. 1922 Fritz Pollard (right) becomes first AfricanAmerican NFL head coach. PHOTO BY GABE WASYLKO

Residence Inn by Marriott Akron South/Green

897 Arlington Ridge E., Akron 44312, 330.644.2111, marriott.com/cakri

Complimentary breakfast, on-site parking, exercise and meeting rooms, indoor swimming pool and high-speed internet.

Super 8 by Wyndham Akron South/ Green/Uniontown

1605 Corporate Woods Pkwy., Uniontown 44685, 330.899.9888, super8.com

Plush bedding, 32-inch HD LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves, free truck, bus or RV parking, gym, free SuperStart continental breakfast or coffee available 24 hours. Pets allowed and non-smoking rooms available.


Comfort Suites Twinsburg

2716 Creekside Dr., Twinsburg 44087, 330.963.5909, choicehotels.com

Free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, workout room, in-room hair dryers and breakfast buffet. Many restaurants within walking distance. Dogs allowed.

Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg

8971 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg 44087, 330.405.4488, clevelandtwinsburg.gardeninn.com

Complimentary wired and wireless internet. Refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. Large work desk, 32-inch flat-panel TV with HD channels and complimentary HBO.

Super 8 by Wyndham Twinsburg

8848 Twin Hills Dr., Twinsburg 44087, 330.425.2889, 800.800.8000, super8.com

Continental breakfast, free local calls, cable TV and internet. Pets allowed.


Budget Inn Hudson 5891 Akron Cleveland Rd., Hudson 44236, 330.650.4341

Restaurant and lounge nearby.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Macedonia

7820 Capital Blvd., Macedonia 44056, 330.908.1700, 800.456.4000, countryinns.com

Indoor pool, spa, workout facilities and free continental breakfast and copy of USA Today

Courtyard by Marriott Akron/Stow 4047 Bridgewater Pkwy., Stow 44224, 330.945.9722, 800.321.2211, stowcourtyard.com

Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, meeting rooms, on-site laundry, ATM and free internet.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Akron/Stow

4170 Steels Pointe Dr., Stow 44224, 330.940.1450 Indoor pool, meeting room and outdoor patio.

Hampton Inn Stow 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr., Stow 44224, 330.945.4160, 800.HAMPTON, stow.hamptoninn.com

Complimentary high-speed internet, heated indoor pool and whirlpool, hot breakfast daily. Fitness center and business center on-site.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Akron Stow 4097 Bridgewater Pkwy., Stow 44224, 330.835.6400, home2suites3.hilton.com

Complimentary Wi-Fi, heated indoor pool and free breakfast daily. Pets allowed.

Knights Inn Macedonia

240 E. Highland Rd., Macedonia 44056, 330.467.1981, 800.477.0629, knightsinn.com

In-room coffee maker, TV with HBO, free daily newspaper, local calls, seasonal outdoor pool and free parking. Restaurants nearby. Pets allowed.

La Quinta Inn of Macedonia

268 E. Highland Rd., Macedonia 44056, 330.468.5400, 800.531.5900, lq.com

Indoor heated pool and whirlpool, in-room coffee, irons, hair dryers, free use of nearby gym, free continental breakfast, free highspeed internet. Easy access to highways. Pets allowed.

Staybridge Suites Akron Stow Cuyahoga Falls

4351 Steels Pointe Dr., Stow 44224, 330.945.4180, 800.238.8000, staybridge.com/stowoh

Free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, fitness and business centers and breakfast buffet. Pets allowed.

PHOTO BY D. SCOFIELD 1936 Derby Downs, home of the All-American Soapbox Derby, is built. 1960 Don Drumm opens his first studio near The University of Akron. 1980 Devo releases the Freedom of Choice LP with the hit single “Whip It.” 1963 Fiesta Pizza opens and is the first pizzeria to offer jojos on the menu. 1988 GOJO develops the alcohol-based hand sanitizer, Purell. 2011 Deandre Yedlin plays soccer for the UA Zips. He plays for the U.S. National Team. 2016 Mayor Dan Horrigan is sworn in on Jan. 1. 2018 Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck release Arthur Buck Akron Skyline Downtown Akron
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