Nestled among the rolling hills of the Old Connecticut Western Reserve and along the shores of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Greater Akron is a city filled with rich heritage and history. Positioned within 500 miles of half of the nation’s population, Akron’s unique location is reflected in the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its residents and visitors. Everyone feels at home in Greater Akron.
Our city has been witness to the successes of a number of pioneering industrialists and businesses, including rubber mogul B.F. Goodrich, the Quaker Oats Company and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Established as a central hub for business in the past, there remains a thriving industry in Akron. The city continues to foster entrepreneurial efforts, reigns as one of the world’s leading polymer centers and is home to more than 150 Fortune 500 companies that currently reside in the region.
With exciting entertainment venues, state-of-the-art athletic centers, notable monuments, tranquil parks and large-scale retail locations, our city promises something for everyone, from the arts enthusiast to the sports fanatic, the history buff to the nature lover and even the shopaholic.
Both visitors and residents delight in the wealth of fine arts and entertainment available both in and around Akron. One can experience a variety of productions, films and concerts at local theaters. Fine dining, live entertainment, professional dance and world-class orchestras provide countless opportunities for cultural enjoyment. In addition, the Akron Art Museum, located in the heart of downtown, offers the chance to view the work of artists renowned regionally and worldwide.
The sports scene is just as strong, with activities covering a broad scope of interests and spanning all seasons. One can take part in or play spectator to a number of recreational pursuits, including the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, the Bridgestone Invitational and the Akron Marathon. The area also has a great number of golf courses, racing tracks and other outdoor sporting sites. Competitors and fans alike will be satisfied with the variety of venues to enjoy their sport of choice.
Historically inspired attractions abound in the Greater Akron area as well. A number of historic sites offer guests a glimpse into the rich history of our city, founded in 1825. Among them, Hale Farm & Village lets visitors experience life as it was during the Civil War in a Western Reserve town, while Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the former estate of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling, transports visitors into the world of an elegant 1920s English Tudor-inspired mansion.
Visitors also can allow themselves to be taken away by the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscape. Proud to boast Ohio’s only national park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, our area is home to a number of other parks and campgrounds that allow guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the environment. In addition, one can get in touch with nature through a visit to the Akron Zoo or F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.
And of course, there are a myriad of shopping centers to attract visitors. More than seven malls and shopping locations are spread throughout the region, as well as numerous specialty shopping options. Among the area’s artisan and boutique shops, acclaimed Akron artist, Don Drumm Studios & Gallery offer visitors one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion. Another favorite is Mustard Seed Market and Café, offering a special blend of organic and wholesome products. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Greater Akron.