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AkronUnited States of America

Between seeing rare animals in the zoo and touring the museums and parks, visiting this small city in Ohio will provide days of entertainment.

The city of Akron has flourished because of its location between the Cuyahoga River, which connects to the Great Lakes, and the Tuscarawas River, which connects to the Ohio River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. With various gardens and parks, a zoo and museums, Akron is a small city with lots to see and do.

Akron was once known as the Rubber Capital of the World. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded here in 1898 and its headquarters remain to this day. Visit the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the home of Goodyear executive F.A. Seiberling. Tour the 65 opulent rooms of the mansion or stroll through its manicured gardens.

If you are an animal lover, make sure to visit the Akron Zoo. Observe more than 700 animals and nearly 100 different species at this wildlife park. The zoo is dedicated to breeding programs intended to preserve endangered species. The park is split into six themed areas meant to mimic different regions of the globe. See snow leopards in the Legends of the Wild section or watch grizzly bears in the Grizzly Ridge area.

Akron has several museums. Experience history firsthand at Hale Farm and Village with its meticulously recreated 19th-century life on a rambling farm. Take part in a cooking demonstration or walk through the heritage garden and farmyard. Visit the Akron Art Museum, home to an extensive permanent collection as well as a constant rotation of traveling exhibits. The museum’s structure itself is notable for its 2004 redesign that incorporated the original building into a new, thoroughly modernistic structure with a glass exterior.

Fly into Akron-Canton Airport, 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Akron. Rent a car or take the METRO bus into the city. Whether you visit to investigate the area’s history, explore Ohio’s only national park, at the nearby Cuyahoga Valley, or just enjoy the downtown restaurants and shopping, Akron is full of attractions and activities to catch your interest.

Where to stay in Akron

Akron showing landscape views, a lake or waterhole and a river or creek

Downtown Akron

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Downtown Akron is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Akron Civic Theater and EJ Thomas Hall.

Downtown Akron
Eclectic little vegan and GF cafe. Good food.

Firestone Park

While there might not be top attractions in Firestone Park, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Firestone Stadium and Akron Civic Theater.

Firestone Park
Great venue for an intimate jazz concert. The buffet was great, but you can also order drinks and appetizers in the concert room

Highland Square

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and historic sites in Highland Square. You might want to make time for a stop at Highland Theater or Dr. Bob's Home.

Highland Square
#hiking.. i love hiking being out doors following a trail or just making my own  fresh air and the out doors is amazing. i hike every chance i can  close to home or travel to find new locations, I'm from akron Ohio but i love to travel this photo was from...in akron in the metro park a cool tree called the signal tree  great park and trails

Merriman Valley

While visiting Merriman Valley, you might make a stop by sights like Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Weathervane Playhouse.

Merriman Valley
Stan Hywet Museum

Northwest Akron

While visiting Northwest Akron, you might make a stop by sights like Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

Northwest Akron

Top Hotels in Akron

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Canton
Hyatt Place Canton
3 out of 5
5421 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH
The price is $94 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Canton Skate & Entertainment Center and Belden Village Mall. The University Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (617 reviews)
Hall of Fame vacation

"the staff was friendly and informative. Very helpful when needed and always a friendly face when came back to the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Hyatt Place Canton
Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron Canton Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron Canton Airport
3.5 out of 5
7883 Freedom Avenue, N.W., North Canton, OH
The price is $91 per night

Situated in North Canton, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sky Max Trampoline Arena and within 3 mi (5 km) of Harry London Chocolate Factory and North Canton ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (494 reviews)

"Very clean and BEAUTIFUL rooms! The service was excellent from the desk to the chefs that make breakfast, even housekeeping"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron Canton Airport
Red Roof Inn Canton
Red Roof Inn Canton
2 out of 5
5353 Inn Circle Court Northwest, North Canton, OH
The price is $57 per night

Situated in North Canton, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Belden Village Mall and The University Center. Pro Football Hall of Fame and North Canton ...

3.7/5Good! (966 reviews)

"Room's need to be bigger other than that it was a decent place"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Red Roof Inn Canton

Getting around Akron

Downtown Akron is quite compact, so if you’re staying in this area you may be happy to mainly get around on foot. There is also an efficient bus network, the Akron Metro, which serves the whole city. To get the most out of your stay, rent a car, which will give you the freedom to explore the area at your leisure. Akron has lots of cycle lanes, but is very hilly, so only rent a bike if you’re feeling fit. Visit the METRO Regional Transit Authority website.Browse Akron rental cars.

Best time to visit

With four very distinct seasons, Akron will offer you a different experience depending on the time of year you visit. Winters can be very cold, with average highs in January close to freezing; however, the Christmas lights and German markets make this a fun destination around the holiday season. Summers can be swelteringly hot and humid, so consider spring or fall for more temperate weather and fun festivals.

Popular places to visit in Akron

Kent State University
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Kent State University

4.5/5(234 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Kent State University, a top university in Kent. Discover the beautiful waterfalls in this family-friendly area.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Pro Football Hall of Fame

4.5/5(257 reviews)

Visit Canton’s famous museum to walk among busts of champion players, relive milestone games and explore important moments that shaped the sport of football.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

4.5/5(304 reviews)

Just a short drive from bustling crowds and built-up cities is a haven of woodland walks and gorgeous waterfalls. 

Akron Civic Theater
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Akron Civic Theater

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Take in a show or just stop by for a photo at Akron Civic Theater, a popular theater in Akron. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Clay's Park Resort
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Clay's Park Resort

4/5(20 reviews)

Bring the kids to Clay's Park Resort and enjoy the excitement of this amusement park in North Lawrence. Attend a football game or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
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Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

4/5(116 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens during your travels in Akron. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Akron

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio

$20
Per adult
Akron Scavenger Hunt: Burn Rubber Round Akron
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Akron Scavenger Hunt: Burn Rubber Round Akron

$20
Per adult
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

$28
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Eliot Ness Investigation Escape Room (1930s detective theme)
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Eliot Ness Investigation Escape Room (1930s detective theme)

$33
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
CLE Airport Transfer to Downtown Cleveland
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CLE Airport Transfer to Downtown Cleveland

$116
Per adult

Reviews of Akron

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
136
5 - Excellent 23.817863397548162%
4 - Good
282
4 - Good 49.38704028021016%
3 - Okay
125
3 - Okay 21.891418563922944%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 2.626970227670753%
1 - Terrible
13
1 - Terrible 2.276707530647986%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

Nice people, friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 22, 2020

Light fixture and fawcets are excellent and Thomas was very friendly good value and a great getaway thank you

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Cafe Arnone was wonderful. Most of the people in Akron were super nice. The new hotel was great. We otherwise enjoyed our stay.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

It felt very unsafe. Teenager to early 20 year olds hanging out in the parking lot and were loud.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Lots to do!!

4/5 - Good

Dee

Feb 18, 2020

Not enough to do

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