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 Senior Players Championship
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
And of course, there are a myriad of shopping centers to
attract visitors. 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.