Akron is a city of almost 200,000 people (2019) in the Northeast Ohio region in Summit County. Akron is proud of its heritage as a center of industry, and now offers visitors a wide range of recreational and cultural attractions, food experiences, and shopping.
Akron is called the City of Invention but was formerly known as the Rubber Capital of the World, and before that, as the original home of Quaker Oats, and before that, as a pottery works. Built right on the southern edge of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Akron really grew by selling gravity. It is on the shortest possible line drawn between the Cuyahoga River (connecting to the Great Lakes - Lake Erie), and the Tuscarawas River (connecting to the Ohio River and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.) The Portage Path, the shortest path for carrying a canoe from one water shed to the next, has connected the two since time immemorial, and is the primary reason Akron grew just where it did.
- Akron / Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, 77 E Mill St, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 1 Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK IATA), 5400 Lauby Rd NW, ☏ . The most convenient airport, small, easy to navigate, quick in-and-out.
- 2 [dead link] Akron Executive Airport (AKC IATA). A large General aviation airport. Has an office for immigration and customs, and can accept international flights.
There are non-stop flights to Akron Canton Regional Airport from the following cities (some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week): Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa.
There are buses to/from the airport: Metro RTA bus 110 goes a number of times a day between the airport and downtown Akron on a local route through southern Summit County - fare $1.25 and duration approximately 1 hour; SARTA Route 81 travels between downtown Canton, the Belden Village area, the airport and the downtown Akron Metro RTA Transit Center via I-77 Monday through Friday. Route 81L runs from the Airport to the Belden Village area and downtown Canton only (the 81L Saturday route does not travel to Akron) - fare $1.50. Catch the bus at the north end of the airport terminal (new location).
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, (CLE IATA) - an approximately one hour drive to the northwest of Akron and a hub of United Airlines.
Akron has wonderful interstate highway support. I-76 is an excellent way in from the East or West, and I-77 is an easy route to take between Cleveland and Akron. Further south on I-77 is Canton, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Once in the city, there are two other freeways Route 8 and Route 59 (Innerbelt), both of which serve the center of the city. There is very little in the city that is more than 10 minutes from an expressway. One nice by-product of this system - rush hour is less than an hour.
- 4 Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Connects with Metro Cleveland.
- Akron METRO RTA, 416 Kenmore Blvd, ☏ , toll-free: . Somewhat limited but adequate service to most Akron locations. It also has connectivity with Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to the north and Stark County Regional Transit Authority to the south.
- Barberton-Summit Taxi, Inc., ☏ .
- City Yellow Cab, 650 Home Ave, ☏ .
- 1 Akron Art Museum, One S High, ☏ . In 2007, the museum opened its new modern glass and steel facility.
- 2 Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. This family friendly zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation. The more than 700 animals on display include the rare snow leopard as well as Humboldt penguins and Galapagos tortoises, and an Andean condor.
- 3 Home of John Brown, 550 Copley Rd, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Guided tours hours: W-F 12:30PM & 2:30PM. The famous abolitionist called Akron his home from where he launched his fight to free slaves including the Harper’s Ferry raid in 1859. Adult $5, senior or child $4.
- 4 Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N Portage Path, ☏ , fax: , ✉ info@StanHywet.org. April 1-December 30: daily 9AM-6PM (buildings close at 4:30PM). Closed: Easter, November 13 & 14 (for holiday decorating), Thanksgiving, December 24 at 1PM, Christmas Day, and December 31. The former home of Goodyear executive F.A. Sieberling and his family, this early 20th century 65-room mansion welcomes visitors to tour the house, the grounds, and the out-buildings.
- 5 The University of Akron Hower House, 60 Fir Hill (the University of Akron), ☏ . A quaint Victorian Mansion, originally owned by one of Akron's Rubber Barons.
- 6 Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Jun-Aug: W-Su 10AM-5PM; Sep-Oct: Sa Su 10AM-5PM. Hale Farm & Village presents daily 19th century life in a rural community by demonstrating heritage farming and gardens, barns and buildings throughout the grounds. Glassblowing, blacksmithing, basket making, spinning, weaving, pottery, candle making, broom making, brick making...see event calendar for special events. $10 adults, $5 children.
- 7 National Inventors Hall of Fame, 221 S Broadway St, ☏ .
Arts and cultureEdit
- 1 E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St, ☏ , fax: .
- 2 Akron Civic Theater, 182 S Main St, ☏ , fax: .
- The Bang and The Clatter Theatre Company, 157 University Ave., ☏ .
- 3 Highland Square Theater, 826 W Market St, ☏ . Historic theater building, showing newly released movies. $5.
- 4 Musica, 51 E Market St (Northside). Live music
- 5 Summit Artspace, 140 E Market St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 6 Akron RubberDucks, 300 S Main St, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The RubberDucks are a champion Eastern League (AA minor league baseball) team that is part of the Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians farm system. The park is 45 minutes south of Progressive Field. They often receive Major Leaguers (like a AAA team) right before they are sent up to Cleveland.
- 7 University of Akron Zips, ☏ . U of Akron is a member of the Mid-American Conference of NCAA College Sports.
- 8 Sand Run Metro Park.
- 9 Cascade Valley Metro Park.
- 10 Firestone Metro Park.
- 11 Goodyear Heights Metro Park.
- 12 All-American Soap Box Derby, 789 Derby Downs Dr, ☏ , fax: , ✉ Soapbox@aasbd.org. Begun in 1934, this annual event allows boys and girls ages 8-17 to compete in non-motorized racecars for scholarships and other prizes. Contestants qualify in regional events throughout the year before competing in the final in Akron each summer.
- 13 WGC Invitational (WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational) (at Firestone Country Club). An annual Professional Golf Association (PGA) event, hosting a competition of the winners of major international golf events. It is held on the famed 7,283-yard South Course that was designed by Bert Way in 1929, and updated by Robert Trent Jones in 1960. Firestone is one of Tiger Woods' favorite courses, winning here a PGA Tour record 7 times.
- 14 Founders Day Celebrations, 373 Carroll St (James A Rhodes Arena). Akron is the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. Once a year, recovering alcoholics from around the world go to Akron to celebrate their sobriety.
- 15 PorchRokr (Highland Square Porches). An annual convergence of art, rock 'n' roll music, and community in Highland Square.
- Made in Ohio Festival, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath. An annual event on Labor Day weekend at Hale Farm & Village featuring Ohio artisans. $7 adult, $5 child.
- 16 ZipCon, 303 Carroll S (University of Akron Student Union). 8AM-10PM. A local anime convention. Late February. $5 General, $10 Lanyard.
Akron boasts the headquarters location for the following Fortune 1000 Corporations:
- 1 The University of Akron Quaker Square, 135 S Broadway, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Silos and factory utilized by the Quaker Oats Company have been converted into dormitory space by its owner, the University of Akron.
- 2 Orangerie Mall, 76 S Main St, ☏ . Smaller enclosed mall on the first floor of Akron Center, a complex that houses the headquarters of Chase Bank Akron Branch and FirstEnergy Corporation.
- 3 Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Best known for Don's cast aluminum crafts. Awesome collection of art work by various artists. Walk through it as if its an overcrowded museum - you don't need to be looking to buy to enjoy this gallery. The small gift shop contains many reasonably priced items you won't find anywhere else in town from handmade jewelry and clothing to fancy soaps and creative greeting cards.
- 4 Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Rd, ☏ . M-Sa 10AM - 9PM, Su noon - 6PM. Chapel Hill Mall is home to big box stores like JCPenney, Sears and Macy’s, and almost 100 more. There is also a full-sized indoor carousel with wood-carved animals and painted scenes of Summit County landmarks, located in the Food Court.
- 5 Revival. Eclectic vintage store.
- 6 Square Records, ☏ . New and used vinyl.
- 7 Good Life Tattoo and Piercing, 752 W Market St, ☏ . M-Sa noon-9PM. The only tattoo and piercing shop in Highland Square.
- 8 University of Akron Bookstore, 303 E Carroll. Sells Zips branded clothing and accessories
- 9 Mustard Seed Market, 867 W Market S, ☏ . Local grocery and cafe.
- Aladdin's, West Market Street, Highland Square. Cheap middle eastern restaurant with lots of healthy, fresh menu options. Popular for takeout as well.
- 1 Mary Coyle Ice Cream Parlor (Michael Trecaso's), 780 W Market St (Highland Square), ☏ . Voted Akron's best homemade ice cream. Michael Trecaso's oastas. Outdoor patio. Takeout available.
- 2 Beau's Grille, 3180 W Market St, ☏ . Banquet rooms, live music, bar, seafood, steakhouse, American.
- The Office Bistro & Lounge, 778 N Main St, ☏ . M - Th 11AM - 11PM, Friday 11AM - 2:30AM, Saturday 4PM - 2:30AM.
- 3 Bricco, 1 W Exchange, ☏ , fax: . M-Th 11AM - midnight, F 11AM - 1AM, Sa 4PM - 1AM, closed most Sundays. Serves a reasonably priced Italian-based menu and specialized in pizzas and pastas ranging from $9-18. On Monday and Tuesday nights they sell wine at state minimum retail prices. There is also a relatively lively bar scene for weeknights.
- 4 Crave, 57 E Market St, ☏ . M-Th 11AM-10PM, Friday 11AM-11PM, Saturday 5-11PM. Crave serves an eclectic range of food from gourmet sandwiches to rum and vanilla glazed halibut. Prices are also fairly reasonable, with entrees no more than $26 and averaging in the high teens. The decor is funky and contemporary.
- 5 Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S Main St (Bldg 33), ☏ , fax: .
- 6 Mr. Zubs Deli and Bar (Capri Pizza), 795 W Market St, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-3AM, Su 11AM-2AM. Good pizza and wings. Awesome sandwiches named after movie characters. Connected to The Matinée and open all night.
- 7 Platinum Dragon, 814 W Market St, ☏ . Chinese with cheap lunch specials.
- 8 Hyde Park Grille, 4073 Medina Road (Market Street and I-77, 15 minutes northwest of downtown Akron), ☏ , fax: .
- 9 Ken Stewart's Grill, 1970 W Market St, ☏ . Contemporary, seafood, steakhouse cuisine.
- 10 Tangier Restaurant & Cabaret, 532 W Market St, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Bar, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, American.
Highland Square the "cultural" district, has a number of bars on West Market Street. Guidance about what location would suit your needs is best dispensed by (younger) locals. Downtown between Exchange and Cedar Streets, has a couple dozen different college oriented establishments, including bars, clubs, and lounges. Kenmore Boulevard is accessible from I-76 and has a number of unique establishments.
- 1 The Lockview, 207 S Main St (right across from Lock 3 park.), ☏ . Specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches and an impressive and constantly changing selection of beers.
- 2 69 Taps, 370 Paul Williams St, ☏ . Located just south of Aero's Stadium. Has a decent selection of beers on tap.
- Angel Falls Coffee Co. A hip area coffeehouse.
- Annabelle's. Great for cheap beer and live music.
- 3 The Matinée. A well lit bar, with decent beer prices.
- 4 Square Nightclub, 820 W Market St. A classy bar.
- Rubber City Grill (adjacent to Lux nightclub). Zip-themed bar
- 5 Akronym Brewing, 58 E Market St, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 6 Lock 15 Brewing, 21 W North St, ☏ . Tu-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-9PM.
- 7 Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Taphouse, 587 Grant St, ☏ . Tu-Th noon-9PM, F Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-5PM.
- Hoppin Frog Tasting Room, 1680 E Waterloo Rd. M 5-10PM, Tu W 11AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11AM-11PM.
- 8 Missing Falls Brewery. M-Th 4PM-1AM, F 4PM-midnight, Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-7PM.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Mid-range||$75 - $120|
- 2 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-Akron South (Airport Area), 898 Arlington Ridge E, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Includes WiFi and breakfast. $75.
Given the size of the city, and diversity and activity there, it's really pretty safe. There's almost nowhere in Akron anyone shouldn't go in the daytime, and very few places at night.
Generally, the west side of the city near Copley road is regarded as the worst section of town. With a higher rate of violent crimes and theft, it is best avoided by outsiders. Some housing projects - most notably Joy Park project in the vicinity of the Zoo and Elizabeth Park under the All-American Bridge - are also somewhat unsafe and should be bypassed altogether by foot and car.
If visiting the University of Akron, it's best to stay west of the Market / Buchtel intersection. The near-East neighborhood of which this is the "border" (Middlebury) is not necessarily unsafe, but does have a lot of medium-scale drug activity and the occasional assault and non-violent robbery.
- 8 Akron Beacon Journal, 388 S Main St. The only daily newspaper published for the Akron market.
- The West Side Leader. A free weekly publication reporting on local news.
- The Devil Strip. A free monthly publication reporting local arts and culture in Akron and surrounding cities.
- 9 First United Methodist Church of Akron, 263 E Mill St, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Methodist services.
- 10 Woodland United Methodist Church of Akron, 444 N Hawkins Ave (Located in West Akron), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Methodist services.
- Rosh Pinah Messianic Congregation, 3891 Ira Road (Located in the town of Bath), ☏ .
- 11 St. Anthony of Padua Church, 83 Mosser Place, ☏ . Catholic services.
- 12 St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 164 W Market St, ☏ , fax: . Catholic services.
- Community of Christ Church, 834 Grant St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 13 Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, 1430 Goodyear Blvd, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Presbyterian Church (USA)
- 14 Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ (UCC), 2095 W Market St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Contemporary worship on Sunday, Taize service on Friday.
- Crosspoint Alliance Church, Corner of Rothrock and S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Su 10:30AM.
- Go north to Cleveland. There's a lot going on up there.
- To the west lies Medina and other quaint rural hamlets, many of which have preserved town squares.
- Get a blended taste of the outdoors and American industrial history by touring the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Canal Byway extends from Lake Erie in Downtown Cleveland through Akron and south through Canton, New Philadelphia and into rural Bolivar and Historic Zoar.
- Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Rd. 74 non-electric campsites, 400-horsepower limit on lake, 8 boat launch ramps, boat rentals, fishing, hunting, beach, five miles of hiking trails, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, basketball court, hunting waterfowl in designated areas.
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Short distance from Akron and Cleveland. Fifth most frequently visited National Park.
|Routes through Akron|
|Jct N S ← Barberton ←||W E||→ Tallmadge → Youngstown|
|Cleveland ← Fairlawn ←||N S||→ North Canton → Canton|
|Findlay ← Barberton ←||W E||→ Jct N S → Atwater → Youngstown|
|Cleveland ← Cuyahoga Falls ←||N S||→ END|
|Medina ← Fairlawn ←||W E||→ END|
|END ←||W E||→ Cuyahoga Falls → Ravenna|