Blurring the lines between metropolis and scenic haven, visitors to Greater Akron, Ohio can get swept up in the rush of the little big city that is downtown Akron, or escape to the breathtaking views of Ohio’s only national park.
Art enthusiasts can explore the Akron Art Museum, and galleries like Summit Artspace or Elements. A variety of playhouses and concert venues include the Akron Civic Theatre, one of five remaining atmospheric theaters in the nation. Look into Greater Akron’s past at Hale Farm & Village, Perkins Stone Mansion, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – the former estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House is the nation’s 6th largest historic home open to the public.
Iconic events include the World Golf Championship’s Bridgestone Invitational, FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, International Twins Days Festival, and National Hamburger Festival, to name only a few.
Visitors that need a break from the action can wander off the beaten path to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), by using the Ohio Erie & Canalway Towpath Trail, which runs through the heart of downtown Akron, or by hopping on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. As the 11th most visited national park in the U.S., CVNP boasts 33,000 acres of unimaginably beautiful areas.
A visit to Greater Akron also offers both novices and pros a chance to hit the links on more than a dozen manicured public courses. Not a golfer? Spend your time shopping area favorites, like Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, Akron Glass Works, Mustard Seed Market & Café, or any of the shops and boutiques scattered throughout our communities. New for 2017: the Summit Brew Path (only the second of its kind in Ohio) features fourteen breweries’ eclectic libations.