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Best Tourist Spots in Akron

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Situated along the length of the Ohio and Erie Canal and at the base of Old Connecticut Western Reserve, Akron is truly one of the greatest cities to visit in the state. Filled with rich cultural and technological history, the city is surrounded by exciting entertainment areas, iconic landmarks, verdant parks, huge shopping malls, historic venues and much more. From nature lovers to animal enthusiasts and shopaholics, one can never get bored over here. Here are some popular tourist attractions for you to explore in Akron:

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Stan Hywet Hall is spread over 70 acres is a beautiful Tudor style 65 room mansion and is also an important national historic landmark in the city.  The mansion and its grand gardens are now open to the public and is also a very popular place for special events and functions.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Image by Ohio Office of Redevelopment (Akron-Stan Hywet Hall) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Wikimedia Commons

The beautifully landscaped gardens once covered almost 1000 acres, however today only 70 acres of the gardens complement the estate including a wildflower meadow, Japanese garden and an English Garden. There are several guided tourist available at the mansion. There is even an old carriage house, which has been converted into a gift shop and a restaurant for the visitors.

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/

Perkins Stone Mansion

This a popular historic museum house in Akron, owned and managed by the Summit County Historic Society of Akron. It was constructed between the years of 1835 and 1837. Built in a Greek Revival design, it is a great place to visit if you are fond of unique architecture and style. The house is open for tours from the month of April to the month of December. Prior appointment for the tours can also be taken.

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

Akron Art Museum

Akron Art Museum
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Initially opened in 1922, Akron Art Museum was founded as the Akron Art Institute and was based in the basement of a public library. After undergoing a $34 million renovation, the museum finally opened its doors to the public in 2007. Spread over 12,000 square feet, Akron Art Museum is a popular art gallery, which is known for its contemporary art collections, some of which date back to 1850. There are also several engaging programs for all age groups. Moreover, there is also a gift shop, children’s gallery, classroom and a cafe for the 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/

F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Nature enthusiasts will find themselves at home over here. Spread over 104 acres, F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a true haven of expansive green spaces. Situated inside the Sand Run Metro Parks, the park is known for its 2.3 miles of thrilling hiking trails, three brimming ponds, landscaped gardens, informative visitors center and a wide variety of special programs that take place throughout the year.

It is also a great place for animal lovers to interact with their favorite animals up and close. The ponds have amazing observation decks where turtles and fishes can easily swim up to you. It is not uncommon to find a deer or two walking among you unafraid or rabbits hoping about or ducks splashing water right next to you. F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm is a great place to visit with friends and family and to really enjoy the true beauty of nature in an urban setting.

Address: 1828 Smith Road, Akron-44313, OH, 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/

Hale Farm and Village

Experience the life in the state during the 19th century by visiting this beautiful historic museum. Possessed by the Western Reserve Historical Society, Hale Farm and Village was once the residence of Jonathan Hale, who settled in the Western Reserve during the 1810’s. Currently, it is a working museum featuring 19th century artisans and blacksmiths who can be seen weaving baskets, throwing pottery, blowing glass, spinning or making candles. Most of these handcrafted items are even up for sale over here. You can also visit the farm animals and play with them.

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/

Akron Zoo

Opened in 1953, Akron Zoo is a fun non-profit zoo, situated on the western side Downtown Akron. Spread over 50 acres, the zoo is home to more than 700 animals including some rare species like jaguars, snow leopards and Humboldt penguins. Akron Zoo receives more than million visitors each year and is also one of the 211 world conservation zoos on the planet.

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

The animals are divided into six different exhibits, each representing their native countries. Apart from animal exhibits, Akron Zoo is also home to a train, which runs throughout the length of the park. Besides visiting the animals, visitors can also feed them or take pony rides (only for children) for a nominal 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/

The American Toy Marble Museum Akron

Situated in the famous Lock 3 Park, The American Toy Marble Museum is located at the site of the past American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Company. The museum is known for its interactive exhibits, figurines and collections and is a must visit for all who loved toys as a child. They even have several programs and tournaments for the children that take place regularly.

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/

Dr. Bob's Home

This is the place where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was first started back in the year 1935 by Dr. Bob and Bill W. As with any AA groups, the main purpose of starting this was to cure alcoholics of their addiction by sharing their problems and experiences with others. Currently, the house has been completely restored and is open to the public at no cost. As soon as you enter the house, you will hear the words ‘Welcome Home’, which was how the alcoholics were greeted back in the day to make them feel relaxed 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/

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