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Two Days in Akron

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Surrounded by immense greenery and natural beauty, Akron is home to a number of beautiful attractions like iconic landmarks, verdant parks, historical sites and much more. On a wonderful two day vacation, you can indulge in a number of activities including sightseeing, dining at the finest restaurants and enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Akron. The best time to visit the city is during the summer season, when the city is in full swing with a number of events and festivals.

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Breakfast at 08:00 am

Akron is home to several cozy diners that are known for their delicious traditional American breakfast. Farmer Boy Restaurant (1324 Canton Road) is a famous classic American diner set in a humble country style place. If you are looking for some sumptuous omelets and sandwiches, head to Eye Opener (1688 W Market Street) in the city.

Hale Farm and Village at 10:00 am

Experience life in the state of Ohio during the nineteenth century by going to this wonderful historic museum. Owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society, Hale Farm and Village initially belonged to Jonathan Hale, who came here during early 19th century. Today, this place has become a working museum, which is known for its artisans, who can be seen blowing glass, making candles, spinning, throwing pottery or weaving baskets. The handcrafted products are even up for sale.

Address: 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210, United States
Phone: 1 330 666 3711
Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm (Wednesday to Sunday), Monday and Tuesday Closed
Website: https://www.wrhs.org/plan-your-visit/hale-farm/
Distance from Downtown Akron: 9.6 miles or 20 minutes drive

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens at 11:00 am – 11:30 am

A beautiful 65 room mansion, Stan Hywet Hall has become one of the most important national historic landmarks of Akron city. Spread over 70 acres, the mansion was constructed by the Goodyear Rubber Company in the year 1912. Founded by F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling, mansion and its beautifully landscaped gardens are now open to the public and are very popular for special functions and events.

The gardens, which once covered almost 1000 acres, now covers only 70 acres and includes some gorgeous ones like the wildflower meadow, English garden and the Japanese garden. There is also an old carriage house that has been converted into a restaurant and a gift shop for the visitors. Guided tours of the mansion and the gardens are also available.

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 Hale Farm and Village: 6.4 miles or 12 minutes drive

Dr. Bobs Home at 12:00 pm

Dr. Bobs Home is the place where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was first started. Founded by Dr. Bob and Bill W. in the year 1935, the main aim of AA was to start a group where alcoholics could cure their addiction by sharing their problems and experiences with others going through the same thing. Today, the house has been renovated and is open to the public. When you enter the house, you will hear the words ‘Welcome Home’, which was the same greeting used back in the day to make alcoholics 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 Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens: 1.7 miles or 5 minutes drive

Lunch at 01:00 pm

For lunch, head to the Diamond Grille (77 W Market Street) for a delicious lunch filled with sumptuous steaks and fresh seafood. If you are looking for something healthy and gluten free, then head towards the eclectic Crave (57 E Market Street) restaurant. Barley House (222 S Main Street #1B) is another great place to eat in the city.

Akron Art Museum at 02:00 pm

Established in the year 1922, Akron Art Museum was first known as the Akron Art Institute, located in the basement of a public library. It was reopened in the year 2007 after undergoing a $34 million dollar renovation. Spread over 12,000 square feet, the museum became a popular art gallery, famous for its beautiful modern art collection, some which belong to the 1850’s. There are even many engaging programs for all groups over here. Apart from that, the museum also has a gift shop and cafe for visitors.

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 Crave: 253 feet or 1 minute walk

The American Toy Marble Museum Akron at 03:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Located in the renowned Lock 3 Park, The American Toy Marble Museum is situated at the site of the former American Marble and Toy Manufacturing Company. Known for its various interactive exhibits, collections and figurines, it is a must visit for people who loved toys as a child. They also have a wide range of tournaments and programs for kids that take place frequently.

Address: 200 S. Main St. Akron, Ohio 44303
Phone: 1 330 396 1670
Timings: 11:00 am to 01:00 pm (Saturday)
Website: http://www.americantoymarbles.com/
Distance from Akron Art Museum: 0.4 mile or 8 minutes walk

St. Bernard's Church at 04:00 pm

Constructed between the period of 1902 and 1905, St. Bernard’s Church is built in a beautiful German Baroque Romanesque architecture by the renowned architect – William P. Ginther. The church is also a part of the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 44 University Ave, Akron, OH 44308, United States
Phone: 1 330 253 5161
Timings: 08:00 am to 05:00 pm (Monday to Friday), 09:00 am to 12:00 pm (Saturday), 09:00 am to 11:30 am (Sunday)
Website: www.stbernardakron.org/
Distance from The American Toy Marble Museum Akron: 0.1 mile or 3 minutes walk

John S. Knight Center at 05:00 pm

Known for its outstanding personnel, food and service, John S. Knight Center is one of the most superior convention centers in the nearby area. It was named after the renowned John S. Knight, an editor and publisher. The convention center is home to a huge banquet hall, eighteen meeting rooms and a conference center. It is also the home of Rubber City Rollergirls, Akron’s derby team.

Address: 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308, United States
Phone: 1 330 374 8900
Website: http://www.johnsknightcenter.org/
Distance from St. Bernard's Church: 0.3 mile or 6 minutes walk

Glendale Cemetery at 06:00 pm

Surrounded by tall trees and beautiful monuments, Glendale Cemetery is a park-like cemetery and a burial spot for many of the famous residents of Akron city. Established in the year 1839, the cemetery is also a part of the National Register of Historic Landscapes. Glendale Cemetery is marked by several architectural wonders like a bell tower, memorial chapel, which makes it a must-visit in the city.

Address: 150 Glendale Ave, Akron, OH 44302, United States
Phone: 1 330 253 2317
Website: www.glendaleakron.com/
Distance from John S. Knight Center: 1.3 miles or 6 minutes drive

Dinner at 08:00 pm

After a day filled with sightseeing, head to Duffy’s Restaurant and Grill (231 Darrow Road) for fresh homemade soups, steaks, biscuits, sausage gravy and more. If you want to eat Italian cuisine, head to Trattoria Vaccaro (1000 Ghent Road) that is famous for Italian dishes with a twist. 3 Point (45 E Market Street) is another popular place for dinner in Akron.

Explore Akron’s nightlife at 10:00 pm

For a night filled with dance and loud music, head to ZAR Nightclub (349 S Main Street). For live music and latest DJ’s, head towards Annabell's Bar and Lounge (784 W Market Street).

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Breakfast at 08:00 am

Start day two with a hearty breakfast at one of the famous American diners of Akron city. For comfort food in an All-American setting, head to Fred’s Diner (930 Home Avenue). Waterloo Restaurant & Catering (423 E Waterloo Road) is another popular breakfast spot in the city known for its sandwiches and other dishes.

Akron Police Museum at 10:00 am

Situated inside the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, Akron Police Museum is a must-visit in the city, for both adults and children. The museum features several exhibits that concentrate on the history of Akron Ohio Police Department, some of which date back to the 19th century. It is known for its several displays including police equipment, confiscated weapons, uniforms, old photos, motorcycles and many more. Several guided tours are available, however prior appointment is required.

Address: 217 South High Street, Mezzanine Level, Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 1 330 375 2390
Timings: 08:00 am to 03:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
Distance from Downtown Akron: 0.2 mile or 4 minutes walk

Akron Area Arts Alliance at 12:00 pm

Akron Area Arts Alliance is a popular non-profit art organization that aims at promoting art and cultural programs throughout the Medina, Portage and Summit counties. It also serves as the platform for creative organizations and also manages the Summit Art Space Gallery.

Address: 140 E Market St, Akron, OH 44308, United States
Phone: 1 330 376 8480
Timings: 12:00 pm to 09:00 pm (Thursday to Saturday), 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Sunday), Monday to Wednesday Closed
Website: www.summitartspace.org/
Distance from Akron Police Museum: 0.5 miles or 11 minutes walk

Lunch at 01:00 pm

If you are in a mood for some Thai-Japanese fusion, head to Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant (326 S Main Street), also known for its beer, wine and cocktails. For something more light, head to Barley House (222 S Main St #1B) for pub food, live music and karaoke.

Akron Zoo at 02:00 pm

Established in 1953, Akron Zoo is an exciting non-profit zoo, located on the west side of Downtown Akron. One of the most popular tourist attractions, Akron Zoo receives almost a million visitors each year and is also among the 211 world conservation zoos in the world. Spread over 50 acres, the zoo houses more than 700 animals including some endangered species like the snow leopards, Humboldt penguins and jaguars. Akron Zoo is divided into six animal exhibits, each of which represents the native region of the animal. Besides that, the zoo also has a train and other activities like feeding the animals, petting them and pony rides for children for a small fee.

Address: 500 Edgewood Ave, 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 Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant: 1.5 miles or 6 minutes drive

Perkins Stone Mansion at 04:00 pm

Owned and operated by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Perkins Stone Mansion is a famous historic museum known for its beautiful Greek Revival architecture and design. Constructed between 1835 and 1837, the house initially belonged to Colonel Simon Perkins, the eldest son of General Simon Perkins, founder of Akron city. Since the house is open for tours only between the months of April and December, please check before visiting.

Address: 550 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320, United States
Phone: 1 330 535 1120
Timings: 01:00 pm and 04:00 pm (Wednesday to Saturday, April to December)
Website: http://summithistory.org/Community/museum_perkinsmansion.html
Distance from Akron Zoo
: 1.0 mile or 4 minutes drive

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

Spread over 104 acres, F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a pure haven for nature lovers. Located inside the Sand Run Metro Parks, the park is filled with exciting activities and sights including 2.3 miles of hiking trails, landscaped gardens, three brimming ponds, informative visitors center and an array of special programs.

Moreover, F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is also a great place for animal enthusiasts to interact with their favorite animals closely. It is not uncommon for deer or rabbits to walk or hop around unafraid. It is a great place to visit with friends and family and to truly enjoy nature 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 Perkins Stone Mansion: 5.5 miles or 13 minutes drive

Summit Mall at 06:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Summit Mall is a chic upscale mall, situated in the suburbs of Akron in Fairlawn. Home to more than 120 stores, services and restaurants, the mall houses everything under the sun. From women’s apparel to fine dining, you would never get bored over. Some popular stores over here include Dillard’s, Macy’s, Apple, Coach, Torrid, Banana Republic, Brighton Collectibles, Bare Minerals, 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

Head over to Beau's on the River (1989 Front Street) in Cuyahoga Falls for exceptional food like Grilled Salmon, Ahi Tuna Steak, Caddy’s Fish and Chips, Panko Crusted Lake Perch and more along with a beautiful view of the rapids. If you are not in a mood for fine dining or driving far, then head to Bricco (1 W Exchange Street).

Explore Akron’s Nightlife at 10:00 pm

Interbelt Nite Club (70 N Howard Street) is a great place to go if you are in a mood of dancing to loud and amazing music all night. For a more unique experience, head to Square Bar (820 W Market Street), the best gay bar in town for live music and latest DJ’s. If you want something more relaxed, 69 Taps (370 Paul Williams Street) is a great place for pub food and soothing music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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