Things to Do in Akron, Ohio

Things to Do in Akron, Ohio
Akron is an industrial city that offers surprising access to a wide array of outdoor activities. Hike into the Cuyahoga River natural areas or take long walks on the Ohio & Erie Canal towpath. Explore an industry tycoon's mansion and buy organic food from the Farmers Market on the grounds of the estate. Celebrate sober living in the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Oxbow Trail

Hike the 1.2 miles of Oxbow Trail from Cascade Valley Park in north Akron. Watch for wildlife, meadow flowers and seasonal foliage. Strap on cross-country skis to enjoy the area in the wintertime. Two Cuyahoga rivers run through the area creating an ideal environment for birdwatching and restful contemplation.

Oxbow Trail
1061 Cuyahoga Street
Akron, Ohio 44313
(330) 867-5511 [Metro Parks Department]
http://www.summitmetroparks.org/ParksAndTrails/CascadeValleySouth.aspx

Cascade Locks Park

Walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal to the Muskill Store and House, a merchandise business built in the 1850s to serve canal users and restored as a local community development site with the support of the National Parks Service. Hike on through Cascade Locks Park to the canal towpath to catch glimpses of Akron's industrial past. Cascade Locks is a part of the Ohio and Erie National Heritage Canalway that boasts over 70 miles of towpath trails ideal for hiking, biking and casual strolling.

Cascade Locks Park Association
248 Ferndale Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
(330) 374-5625
http://www.cascadelocks.org/

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Tour the estate of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder. The property is a National Historic Landmark and offers an in-depth glimpse into the lifestyle of America's early industrialists. Choose a self-guided tour through the mansion or join a guide to see the secret nooks and crannies. Attend the Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons from late June through mid-October to buy freshly grown vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meat and artisanal baked goods.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 N. Portage Path
Akron, Ohio 44303
(330) 836-5533
http://www.stanhywet.org

Birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous

Join in an AA meeting or simply pay tribute to Bill W. and his friend Dr. Bob in the city where they founded the self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous. Each June, grateful alcoholics from around the globe converge on Akron for Founders Day. The rest of the year you may visit AA historic sites following a map provided by the Akron Intergroup office.

Akron Intergroup Council of Alcoholics Anonymous
775 N. Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44310
(330) 253-8181
http://www.akronaa.org/foundersday/

Article Written By Denise Schoonhoven

A seasoned business traveler, Denise Schoonhoven specializes in food, travel, landscaping, design and personal development topics. She has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest. Schoonhoven hails from the corporate writing world where she authored marketing material, catalogs, presentations and training documents.

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