The First 24
Regardless of how many wheels upon which you’ll be rolling into Greater Akron, make your first stop at Swensons Drive In – where “vehicle-side service” delivers your favorite eats from a gigantic menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides and some of the most colorful milkshake flavors on earth. If you’ve arrived in the evening, you have one of two choices: drive around a bit to get a quick look at things, or head for your hotel to relax, unwind and rest for the exciting day ahead.
Rise and shine! Check out Akron-centric restaurants to grab breakfast. Appetite (momentarily) satisfied? Now it’s time to make your way to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the Akron Art Museum. The former 65-room Tudor-style estate of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens whisks visitors back to the early 1900s – when wealth from early industry afforded luxurious possessions, ornate exterior spaces and the ability to entertain people on all rungs of the social ladder. The carving above the main entrance, Non Nobis Solum is Latin for “Not For Us Alone;” this sentiment holds true today and will immediately make you feel as welcome as every past Seiberling guest.
A short drive from Stan Hywet, the Akron Art Museum’s imposing façade of brick, glass, and steel is a work of art in and of itself. The collection of modern art is envied by galleries and museums around the globe. The permanent collection includes Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, El Anatsui, Dale Chihuly and Claes Oldenburg to name only a few. Annual exhibits explore every imaginable theme and medium – a not-so-subtle hint that you’ll have to come back again and again.
Hungry? Downtown Akron and neighboring communities boast diners, restaurants, and eateries that will have you loosening your belt or reveling in the fact that you wore stretchy-waisted pants. Some are a short drive from downtown Akron, while others will be less than ½ hour away, so it’s your choice: Moe’s Restaurant, Lock 15 Brewing Co., Chameleon Cafe, Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern, Crave, Burntwood Tavern or Nepali Kitchen.
The Second 24
Let’s get an early start, so grab breakfast at your hotel or visit your second choice from yesterday’s restaurant list.
Now it’s time to explore some of Greater Akron’s natural vistas in Ohio’s only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (it was the 13th most-visited national park in the U.S. in 2018). You can bike or walk about the park’s 33,000 acres or get a bird’s eye view aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad – which you can catch at the Akron Northside Station only steps away from Akron’s Main Street.
Midday – Choose Your Own Adventure:
To be honest, even after today (day two), you’re only going to scratch the surface of what our communities have to offer! We have a solution to that problem. We’ve decided to officially adopt you… you’re one of us… you’re a Greater Akronite! No more handholding like yesterday. Go out there and explore your adoptive home. Finish today with an ala carte experience from the following attractions, shops, entertainment, and recreational options:
- Hale Farm & Village
- Akron Glass Works
- Don Drumm Studios & Gallery
- MGM Northfield Park
- Akron Civic Theatre
- MAPS Air Museum
- Summit Brew Path
- New Again Akron Shopping Trail
- Highland Square
- First & Main Hudson
Photos courtesy of the Akron/Summit CVB.