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A Day in Akron

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Traveling to any new city can be both very exciting and daunting, especially when you have just one day to see the city. It is impossible to visit all the attractions of Akron in just 24 hours, however to make your vacation easier, we have compiled the number of things to see and do in the city in just one day. Home to several beautiful landmarks, historic attractions, luxuriant parks, fine dining restaurants, vibrant nightlife options and many shopping areas, Akron is a travelers delight. The best way to roam in the city is to either take a taxi or rent a car. You can even take the public transportation, however that would take more time to reach the destination.

akron zoo
Image by Mark Tee (Zoo) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Wikimedia Commons

Breakfast at 08:00 am

Start your day early in the morning with a delicious and a hearty breakfast at one of the famous breakfast joints of Akron. Head to the renowned Eye Opener (1688 W Market Street), a classic American diner known for its breakfast sandwiches and omelets. Another popular old-school diner in Akron is Fred’s Diner (930 Home Avenue), famous for the traditional American fare.

John S. Knight Center at 10:00 am

With outstanding service, food and personnel, John S. Knight Center is one of the most premier convention centers in the city of Akron. Named after John S. Knight, a famous editor and publisher, the convention center is also home to Akron’s derby team – Rubber City Rollergirls. Opened in 1994, John S. Knight Center houses a conference center, huge banquet hall and eighteen meeting rooms.

Address: 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308, United States
Phone: 1 330 374 8900
Website: http://www.johnsknightcenter.org/
Distance from Downtown Akron: 0.2 mile or 5 minutes walk

Akron Art Museum at 11:00 am

Akron Art Museum initially opened in the year 1922 as the Akron Art Institute in the basement of a public library. In 2007, the museum finally reopened after it went through a renovation of almost $34 million dollars. With a new gravity defying building, Akron Art Museum has gained a lot of popularity for its beautiful contemporary art collections, dating back to the 1850’s. Spread over 12,000 square feet, the museum is also known for its appealing programs for all age groups. There is even a children’s gallery, gift shop, classroom and a cafe for the guests.

Address: 1 S High St, Akron, OH 44308, United States
Phone: 1 330 376 9185
Timings: 11:00 am to 05:00 pm (Wednesday and Friday to Sunday), 11:00 am to 09:00 pm (Thursday), Monday and Tuesday Closed
Website: https://akronartmuseum.org/
Distance from John S. Knight Center: 0.2 mile or 4 minutes walk

Akron Zoo at 12:00 pm

Located near Downtown Akron, the Akron Zoo is an exciting non-profit zoo. Opened in 1953, the zoo is home to more than 700 animals like jaguars, Humboldt penguins and snow leopards. Spread over 50 acres, the zoo receives more than one million visitors per year and is among the 211 world conservation zoos on Earth. Akron Zoo is essentially divided into six animal exhibits, each representing the local region of the animals. Apart from that, the Akron Zoo is also home to a train running throughout the zoo and other fun activities like feeding the animals, petting them and pony rides for children.

Address: 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, OH 44307, United States
Phone: 1 330 375 2550
Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Website: https://www.akronzoo.org/
Distance from Akron Art Museum: 2.0 miles or 6 minutes drive

Lunch at 01:30 pm

Serving the people of Akron since the year 1988, Bar-B-Que Boss (826 Copley Road) is a warm, family owned restaurant that is known for its barbequed ribs, chicken and pork chops.

Dr. Bob's Home at 02:00 pm – 02:30 pm

Popularly known as the place where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was first initiated, Dr. Bob's Home is a must-visit in the city of Akron. Established in 1935 by Dr. Bob and Bill W., the main aim of this was to provide a simple platform where alcoholics could cure their addiction by sharing their experiences and problems with other people. As soon as you enter the house, you will be greeted by ‘Welcome Home’, which was what Bob and Bill used to say to the alcoholics to make feel comfortable and at home.

Address: Dr. Bob's Home, 855 Ardmore Avenue, Akron, OH 44309
Phone: 1 330 864 1935 / 888 864 1930
Timings: 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Website: www.drbobshome.com/
Distance from Bar-B-Que Boss: 1.2 miles or 4 minutes drive

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens at 03:30 pm

One of the most important national historic landmarks in the city of Akron, Stan Hywet Hall is a grand Tudor style 65 room mansion. Spread over 70 acres, the mansion was established by the Goodyear Rubber Company in the year 1912. Founded by F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling, the mansion and its gardens are very popular, especially for special events like weddings, receptions, wedding photography and more.

The wonderfully landscaped gardens surrounding the mansion once used to cover almost 1000 acres of land, however, currently it also encompasses 70 acres and includes some beautiful gardens like the wildflower meadow, English garden and the Japanese garden. There is also an old carriage house, which has been transformed into a gift shop and a restaurant for the guests. Several guided tours of the mansion and garden are also available over here.

Address: 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303, United States
Phone: 1 330 836 5533
Timings: 10:00 am to 04:30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Monday Closed
Website: www.stanhywet.org/
Distance from Dr. Bob's Home: 1.7 miles of 5 minutes drive

F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm at 05:00 pm

If you are a nature fanatic, then this is the place for you. Spread over 104 acres, F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is truly a haven for nature lovers. Known for its 2.3 miles of hiking trails, landscaped gardens, three overflowing ponds, huge visitors center and special programs, F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a great place to visit and spend some quality time with family and friends.

Moreover, it is also a great place for animal lovers to interact with their favorite animals. The ponds over here have observation decks where fishes and turtles can swim up to you. It is also very common to see a deer or a rabbit walking or hopping next to you unafraid. F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is natural beauty at its best!

Address: 1828 Smith Rd, Akron, OH 44313, United States
Phone: 1 330 865 8065 / 330 865 8060
Park Timings: 06:00 am to 11:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Visitor Center’s Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12:00 pm to 05:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/ParksAndTrails/FASeiberlingNatureRealm.aspx
Distance from Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens: 2.9 miles or 9 minutes drive

Summit Mall at 06:00 pm – 06:30 pm

Time for some shopping! Summit Mall is a famous upscale trendy mall, located in Fairlawn, just a few minutes drive from Downtown Akron. Home to more than 120 stores, restaurants and services, the mall has everything, from women’s clothes to jewelry. Some popular stores at the mall include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Coach, Apple, Banana Republic, Torrid, Bare Minerals, Soma Intimates, Brighton Collectibles, Versona Accessories and many more.

Address: 3265 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333, United States
Phone: 1 330 867 6997
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 11:00 am to 06:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: www.simon.com/mall/summit-mall
Distance from F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm: 2.3 miles or 4 minutes drive

Dinner at 08:00 pm

Summit Mall is known for its huge dining area along with a number of popular sit-down restaurants. But if you are interested in something more fine dining, then head to Edgar's Restaurant (530 Nome Avenue) for high quality dishes at reasonable prices along with an excellent view of the Gold Course. If you are more interested in an Italian cuisine with a twist, then head towards Trattoria Vaccaro (1000 Ghent Road). Crave (57 E Market Street) is another very popular restaurant in Downtown Akron, known for its healthy and gluten free dishes.

Explore Akron’s Nightlife at 10:00 pm

For a night filled with dancing, loud music and delicious cocktails, head to Interbelt Nite Club (70 N Howard Street). If you want something more low-key and relaxing, then head to The Lockview (207 S Main Street).

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