Fun Things to Do in Akron Ohio

Fun Things to Do in Akron Ohio
Akron is in northern Ohio, approximately 38 miles south of Cleveland and 19 miles north of Canton. Founded in 1825, Akron is known as the "City of Invention" and is home to the Soap Box Derby, Alcoholics Anonymous and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. There are various attractions that visitors to Akron will enjoy. Whether it's a trip to the zoo, exploring museums or touring lush gardens, there is bound to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga National Park preserves 33,000 acres of land that run 22 miles along the Cuyahoga River. There are over 125 miles of hiking trails that allow visitors to explore wetlands, woodlands and fields. The Towpath Trail is ideal for those who enjoy recreational bicycling. The trail takes riders through meadows, forests, wetlands and farmland. There are also several horse trails throughout the park that give visitors a chance to glimpse picturesque views while riding.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
(800) 445-9667

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and his wife built their country estate in Akron, Ohio. It was named Stan Hywet, Old English for stone quarry, and remains one of the few historic estates from the late 19th century. Guests can marvel at the Tudor Revival architecture of the manor house, stroll through the lush gardens that span the 1,000-acre estate or visit the Corbin Conservatory that was originally used by the Seiberling family to grow produce. The Carriage House Cafe is on-site and located in what were originally the horse stalls of the carriage house. Food is served to guests Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 North Portage Path
Akron, Ohio 44303
(888) 836-5533

Akron Zoo

The Akron Zoo is just west of downtown Akron and houses more than 700 animals. Not only is the zoo home to typical zoo animals, but guests can learn about and view animals on the endangered species list. Humboldt penguins, Sumatran tigers, jellyfish, jaguars, snow leopards and Komodo dragons are all housed at the Akron Zoo. It also has programs and tours for children to enjoy, including: Animals Babies, where children learn how animals care for their babies; Backyard Wildlife, where kids explore the garden areas and learn about animals that live in Ohio; and Living Things, which gives children the opportunity to meet some of the animals up close.

Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, Ohio 44307
(330) 375-2550

Article Written By Emily Retherford

Emily Retherford has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009. She specializes in travel, parenting, fashion and beauty with work appearing on various online publications.

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