Recreation & Outdoors

Let the stress and strain of life fade away while exploring Akron/Summit County's scenic wonderland. Visit Ohio's only national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which was the 7th most-visited park in the United States in 2020. It features over 33,000 acres to hike, bike, ski, sled, and unwind. Summit Metro Parks offer 14,300 additional acres, with 16 parks, six conservation areas, more than 120 miles of trails, and 16 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail.

Some of the most iconic attractions in the Akron/Summit area include Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Hale Farm & Village, which extol their surroundings, highlighting manicured gardens and vistas. The Akron Zoo is another popular attraction, giving you a slice of wildlife with glimpses at creatures of all sizes from all around the world.

No matter what the season, there are activities and places to explore for everyone here in Greater Akron!


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  • AMF Riviera Lanes
  • 60 Kendall Park Rd.
    Peninsula, Ohio 44264
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    330-655-5444
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    Find all you need for outdoor pursuits such as climbing, hiking, kayaking or canoeing and more, made by top name brands, at Peninsula's leading outdoor gear store. Kendall Cliffs Rock Gym offers a 7,000-square-foot climbing surface rising up to 35-feet high. 
    Appalachian Outfitters/Kendall Cliffs Rock Gym
  • 1145 West Steels Corners Rd.
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
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    (330) 920-8040
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    Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this amphitheater and performance venue is home to the Cleveland Orchestra during the summer and welcomes nationally-known acts, courtesy of Live Nation, during the concert season to perform for fans in the 5,700 seat pavilion and on the lawn. 
    Blossom Music Center
  • 2001 Boston Mills Rd.
    Brecksville, Ohio 44141
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    This 15-foot waterfall is a beautiful hike every time of year. There is a small parking lot located across the street from the main trailhead. From there, the falls are a steep half-mile hike.  
    Blue Hen Falls Trailhead
  • 7100 Riverview Rd.
    Peninsula, Ohio 44264
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    800-875-4241
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    From the gentle glide of the beginner slopes to the more challenging pitch of the advanced slopes and moguls, Boston Mills Brandywine serves skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels of expertise. 
    Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resorts
  • Brookledge Golf Club

  • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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    (330) 969-BOAT
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    Burning River Adventures offers self-guided and guided kayak tours on the beautiful Cuyahoga River 7 days a week May-October. Various tour options are available and all skill levels are welcome!  
    Burning River Adventures
  • 1621 Flickinger Road
    Akron, Ohio 44312
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    (330) 784-5400
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    The program provides a supportive atmosphere to encourage persons with disabilities to play golf and build their skills. It also helps individuals set goals, grow in confidence and self-esteem, and improve their mental and physical health. Classes are taught by PGA Professional Ron Tristano and other qualified staff. 
    Challenge Golf at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute
  • Chenoweth Golf Course
  • 3064 St. Rte. 43
    Brimfield, Ohio 44260
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    (330) 673-1964
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    Quiet family camping on 40 acres. Playground facilities, game room, weekend hayrides scheduled activities, tandem bikes, pedal karts, fishing, paddle boats and lake swimming. Relax in the fresh air around a crackling fire. 
    Cherokee Park Family Campground
  • Emerald Lake 3196 Clark Mill Rd.
    Norton, Ohio 44203
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    216.374.6719
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    Ohio’s only competitive water-ski show team, which also has a developmental team for young and new skiers. Performing on Wednesdays through August at Emerald Lake and Labor Day weekend at Chippewa Lake Beach. Shows are fre. 
    Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team
  • 12712 Hoover Ave. N.W.
    Uniontown, Ohio 44685
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    (330) 877-9800
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    Public waterpark, Jellystone Campground with resort style miniature golf, volleyball, homemade ice cream, and summer fun. Complete headquarters for corporate picnics done right. 
    Clearwater Park
  • Clutch Lanes & Sports Center
  • Copley Road Soccer Fields
  • 2687 St. Rte. 43
    Mogadore, Ohio 44260
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    (330) 628-1212
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    Closest campground to Akron, OH On-site trailer rentals and cabins, full hook up trailer sites, & primitive tent camping. Showers, restrooms, heated in-ground pool, planned activites, golf cart rentals, mini golf, playground, Wi-Fi, hiking & laundry facilities. Camp by the night, week, month, or season 
    Countryside Campground
  • 2345 Fourth St.
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
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    330.971.8080
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    The complex touts “Whole Fitness for the Whole Family.” The natatorium offers pools, a whirlpool, a weight room and racquetball courts, as well as an auxiliary gym. There are activities for kids and a Kids’ Castle for babysitting needs during workouts. 
    Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium Health & Fitness Center
  • 1550 Boston Mills Road
    Peninsula , Ohio 44264
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    (330) 657-2752
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    The 33,000-acre park is among the 10 most visited national parks in the U.S. It is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic Ohio & Erie Canal. 
    Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • 1617 Bailey Rd.
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
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    (330) 971-8418
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    Downview Sports Center is a golf and family entertainment center complete with driving range, an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages, and a skate park! Downview offers 32 driving range tees, 15 covered tees and 10 heated tees, when needed. Hours are seasonal. 
    Downview Sports Center
  • 1828 Smith Rd.
    Akron, Ohio 44313
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    330.865.8065
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    The 104-acre Nature Realm, named for early Metro Parks commissioner F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber, includes a 10,000-square-feet visitors center, hiking trails, two ponds, observation decks and several gardens. 
    F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
  • Fox Den Golf Course
  • 661 E. Highland Road
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
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    (330) 467-0820
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    Offering “year-round amusement,” this park runs the gamut on fun. Laser tag, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, bowling and the recent addition of Crazy Cars will keep everyone busy for hours. The facility is available for group events 
    Fun-n-Stuff Sports & Amusement Complex
  • 4301 Stow Rd.
    Stow, Ohio 44224
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    330.738.6792

    Flush toilets, showers, laundry, store, recreation building, swimming, fishing trails. 4 shelter houses. Planned programs. Open 5-1 to 10-1. 
    Good's Woods Campground
  • Green Tennis Club
  • Herb LaTuchie Tennis Center
  • Hillside Park of Clinton
  • Hudson Disc Golf
  • J.E. Good Park Golf Course
  • Jednota Lanes
  • Kendall Cliffs Rock Gym
  • Corner of Park Ave. and Sixth St.
    Barberton, Ohio 44203
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    (330) 848-6739
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    Encircling the 10-acre natural lake is 21 acres of park with two walking paths, a war memorial and a statue of O.C. Barber, who named the lake after his daughter. A gazebo is the sight of concerts and other performances during the summer. 
    Lake Anna Park
  • 2881 Canton Rd.
    Uniontown, Ohio 44685
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    (330) 699-2648
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    Lake Kim Tam is a local swim park opened by Charles William Patton in 1956 for the community of Uniontown. Surrounded by a sandy beach, the spring-water-fed lake has kiddie slides on one end and a dock with diving boards on the other! 
    Lake Kim Tam Park
  • Loyal Oak Golf Course
  • 2678 S. Hametown Rd.
    Norton, Ohio 44203
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    (330) 825-4343
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    Swim, play, picnic, golf and camp at this well-kept family recreation club, which features a playground area, picnic shelters and grills, refreshment bar, sun deck, sports equipment and facilities, miniature golf and more. 
    Loyal Oak Lake Park
  • Maca Aqua Center
  • Mogadore Country Club Bowling Lane
  • Mud Run Golf Course & Driving Range
  • P.O. Box 19103
    Akron, Ohio 44319
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    330.776.8065
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    Tour the Portage Lakes or Ohio and Erie Canal by kayak on these beginner and family-friendly tours. Instruction and all the necessary gear are provided. Tours are typically 2 hours and can be customized to all skills levels and interests. 
    Muddyfoot Kayak Tours
  • 5661 Stow Rd.
    Hudson, Ohio 44236
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    330.650.2554
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    This soccer club offers three fields and has a pro shop. Field rentals are available. 
    NC Soccer Club
  • North Woods Lanes
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
  • P.O. Box 609479
    Cleveland, Ohio 44109
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    (330) 374-5657
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    Experience culture and heritage, find recreation and natural beauty in the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Travel by Towpath, CVSR or drive the America's Byway to explore the NHA. You'll find 110 miles of endless possibilities for NEO adventures and fun. 
    Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area
  • 8005 Cleveland Massilon Rd.
    Clinton, OH 44216
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    330.773.2385
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    Funded solely by private donations, the memorial park is unlike any other with the longest free-standing memorial in the country. 
    Ohio Veterans' Memorial Park

  • Peninsula, Ohio
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    Charmingly trapped in time, this village gets its name from the sharp bend of the Cuyahoga River. With restaurants, unique shops, the Towpath Trail and a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train station, the town is the perfect place for a full day of fun. 
    Peninsula
  • Perkins Woods Pool
  • 4450 Rex Lake Dr.
    Akron, Ohio 44319
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    330.760.0270
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    Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service, designed to give people access to ‘The Lakes’.  It is ideal for visitors as well as residents who don’t wish to deal with personal boat ownership but still want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. 
    Portage Lakes Cruises
  • Portage Lakes Disc Golf Course
  • 5031 Manchester Rd.
    Akron, Ohio 44319
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    330.644.2220
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    This state park features camping, golfing and many outdoor activities. Rent a pontoon or bring your own boat to launch at Dusty’s Landing, then spend the day fishing or swimming. There's challenging terrain for hiking and a 900-foot beach perfect for swimming. Plenty of winter activities offered as well! 
    Portage Lakes State Park
  • Raintree Country Club
  • Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course & Practice Range
  • Rock Mill Climbing
  • Rolling Greens Miniature Golf & Driving Range
  • 5238 Young Rd.
    Stow, Ohio 44224
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    (330) 689-5100
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    Silver Springs Park offers many attractions, including the historic Heritage Reserve, a large fishing pond, dog park, picnic area with shelters, trails, children’s play area, tennis/horseshoe/basketball courts and more. April 1–Oct. 31, 2013.
     
    Silver Springs Campground
  • Slovene Center Bowling Lanes & Ballroom
  • 2911 E. Waterloo Road
    Akron, Ohio 44312
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    (330) 628-4822
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    Akron Lanes is an modern bowling center featuring 64 Pro Lane synthetic lanes equipped with the latest Qubica automatic scoring for your enjoyment. 
    Spin Bowls Akron
  • 1220 Main St.
    Lakemore, Ohio 44250
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    (330) 733-9026
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    Roller rink that offers open skating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They offer skate rentals on-site, as well as arcade games, food, and prizes. 
    Springfield Lake Roller Rink
  • 215 Springside Dr.
    Akron, Ohio 44333
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    330.666.3778
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    This multi-athletic facility offers five indoor courts and six outdoor courts, fitness classes, personal training, spa facilities, and opportunities for children and seniors. 
    Springside Racquet & Fitness Club
  • 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave.
    Akron, Ohio 44310
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    330.928.2161
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    Our 48 lanes STRIKE great fun for everyone. Wet your whistle in JFreddies Sports Bar featuring Akron's Largest Pinball Parlor. Enjoy food made fresh from Stray Dog Grille. Play a round of mini-golf this summer and party on our patio. 
    Stonehedge Bowling Center
  • Stow Silver Springs Park
  • 975 Treaty Line Rd.
    Akron, Ohio 44313
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    330.867.5511
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    This 14,300-acre park system features 16 developed parks, several conservation areas, and averages 5 million visits a year. It has more than 125 miles of trails for walking, hiking and biking, including 22.4 miles of the Towpath Trail. 
    Summit Metro Parks
  • Recreation Center: 46 N. Munroe Rd. Soccer complex: 730 North Ave.
    Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
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    330.634.2349
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    The 100,000-square-foot recreation center features basketball, golf, kickboxing, a 1/5-mile walking and jogging track, a full-sized indoor soccer field, two group fitness studios, aerobics, yoga classes and more. 
    Tallmadge Recreation Center and North Avenue Soccer Complex
  • The Fast Lane Bar, Bowling and Event Center
  • 2565 Pressler Rd.
    Akron, Ohio 44312
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    330.644.0229
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    This indoor softball and baseball practice facility features two dirt fields and is available for hourly rental. It also is used for tournaments. 
    The Spano Dome
  • 2108 Akron-Peninsula Rd.
    Akron, Ohio 44313
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    330.928.8763
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    Host of the Akron Open Tennis Championships, Towpath Tennis Center has thirteen indoor and two outdoor courts, and Northeast Ohio's largest pro shop. Group and private instruction is also available to non-members. Other activities include pickleball, MultiBall interactive virtual tennis, and Cardio Tennis workouts. The facility is available for birthday parties and rental. 
    Towpath Tennis Center
  • Turkeyfoot Golf Course
  • University of Akron Student Recreation & Wellness Center/Ocasek Natatorium

  • Peninsula, Ohio 44264
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    (330) 657-2752
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    A part of the larger Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Virginia Kendall features a series of climbing ledges, including the popular Ritchie Ledges that give visitors a glimpse into the ancient rock history of the area. 
    Virginia Kendall Park
  • 2025 Munroe Falls Ave.
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
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    (330) 971-8225
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    Water Works Family Aquatic Center has something for everyone! Guests can choose to float down the lazy river, shoot down the drop or flume slides, swim laps or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful zero-depth pool and landscaping. Check out our new rentable poolside cabanas! 
    Water Works Family Aquatic Center
  • Westlawn Golf Range