Free Things to Do in Akron, Ohio

Free Things to Do in Akron, Ohio
Akron offers many things to do that are fun and free. In addition to historic buildings and museums, there are many parks in this 60+ square mile city where you can participate in outdoor activities like camping and kayaking. Many also have annual festivals, special entertainment, tournaments and concert series that are popular with families and naturalists alike.

Lock 3

Downtown Akron is the home of Lock 3, an outdoor amphitheater used for festivals and music. From May to September, Lock 3 hosts a farmer's market where you will find fresh fruits and veggies and free use of all Lock 3's sports equipment, including bocce sets, kites and baseball supplies. In the winter, Lock 3 is iced over and becomes a 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice-staking rink and host to an incredible German Christmas market.
200 South Main St.
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 375-2877
lock3live.com/index.aspx

Metro Parks

Summit County Metro Parks encompass 13 parks in 7,300 acres, providing over 120 miles of hiking and skiing trails. Open from dawn to dusk, you will find many outdoor recreation and educational opportunities here. The Bike & Hike trail consists of 33.5 miles of pavement that follows old railroad tracks. Here you can exercise while enjoying the wildlife along the Cuyahoga River. Sand Run Metro Park has a soccer field in addition to hiking and jogging trails. You will also find areas for sledding and ice-skating. At Munroe Falls you can swim in the lake, rent a pedal boat, and play volleyball and tennis.
The Metro Parks maintains 18 miles of the Towpath Trail, which shares its path with three other cities. The old canal is an important part of the city's history and was responsible for its growth. Transforming the canal into a hiking trail pays homage to its signifigance. You will find an abundance of aquatic wildlife like herons, birds and beavers. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs are dominant.
Summit Metro Parks Office
975 Treaty Line Rd.
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 867-5511
summitmetroparks.org

Akron Skate Park

Next to the Akron BMX track you will find Akron's Skate Park. Its 19,000 square feet of concrete was designed with the help of skateboarders of varying experience. According to the City of Akron Recreational Bureau, you will find bowls, stairs, ledges, rails and quarter pipes. Regardless of your skateboarding aptitude, you can practice here from dawn to dusk.
Akron Recreation Bureau
(330) 375-2804
ci.akron.oh.us/Recreation/SkatePark/index.htm

Article Written By Cindy Dixon

Based in Rhode Island, Cindy Dixon has been writing since 1995. Her articles appear in “Weeder's Weekly” magazine and design journals. Dixon previously served as an editor for a international parenting site and was a copywriter for a Fortune 500 company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Rhode Island College.

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