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Akron

Known for Sports, Football and Live Music

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

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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.

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Things to do in Akron

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.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Visit the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where the mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. Experience stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through exhibits, innovative programs and events.

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Find clues, crack codes and escape the room in a live-action race against the clock! Instead of watching a movie or playing a video game, now is your chance to step into a starring role and be the hero. Your team has 60 minutes to complete your mission.

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Find clues, crack codes and escape the room in a live-action race against the clock! Instead of watching a movie or playing a video game, now is your chance to step into a starring role and be the hero. Your team has 60 minutes to complete your mission.

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As you meander through the aisles of the West Site Market, the oldest continuously operating municipally owned market in the city, learn how it has served the citizens of Cleveland for about a century. Nibble on samples ranging from sweet pickles to falafel as you visit 15 dedicated vendors.

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On this tasting tour in Little Italy, visit 3 restaurants and a bakery to savor mouthwatering dishes at long-standing eateries. Sample delicious cuisine like classic Sicilian dishes at a 30-year-old restaurant, artisanal pasta made by an award-winning chef, and traditional Italian desserts.

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