Akron is called the City of Invention but was formerly known as the Rubber Capital of the World, and before that, as the original home of Quaker Oats, and before that, as a pottery works. Built right on the southern edge of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Akron really grew by selling gravity. It happens to be right on the shortest possible line drawn between the Cuyahoga River (connecting to the Great Lakes - Lake Erie), and the Tuscarawas River (connecting to the Ohio River and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.) The Portage Path has connected the two since time immemorial, and is the primary reason Akron grew just where it did.
There are buses to/from the airport: Metro RTA bus 110 goes a number of times a day between the airport and downtown Akron on a local route through southern Summit County - fare $1.25 and duration approximately 1 hour; SARTA Route 81 travels between downtown Canton, the Belden Village area, the airport and the downtown Akron Metro RTA Transit Center via I-77 Monday through Friday. Route 81L runs from the Airport to the Belden Village area and downtown Canton only (the 81L Saturday route does not travel to Akron) - fare $1.50. Catch the bus at the north end of the airport terminal (new location).
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, (IATA: CLE) - an approximately one hour drive to the northwest of Akron and a hub of Continental Airlines.
Akron has wonderful interstate highway support. I-76 is an excellent way in from the East or West, and I-77 is an easy route to take between Cleveland and Akron. Further south on I-77 is Canton, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Once in the city, there are two other freeways Route 8 and Route 59 (Innerbelt), both of which serve the center of the city. There is very little in the city that is more than 10 minutes from an expressway. One nice by-product of this system - rush hour is less than an hour.
Akron METRO - Somewhat limited but adequate service to most Akron locations. It also has connectivity with Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to the north and Stark County Regional Transit Authority to the south.
Akron Art Museum, One South High, ☎ +1-(330)-376-9185, . In 2007, the museum opened its new modern glass and steel facility. edit
Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Avenue, ☎ +1-(330)-375-2550 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(330)-375-2575), . This family friendly zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation. The more than 700 animals on display include the rare snow leopard as well as Humboldt penguins and Galapagos tortoises, and an Andean condor. edit
The University of Akron E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, ☎ +1-(330)-972-7570 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(330)-762-6313), . edit
Goodyear World of Rubber Museum, 1144 East Market Street, ☎ +1-(330)-796-6546. This museum will close on August 28, 2009.edit
Home of John Brown, 550 Copley Road, ☎ +1-(330)-535-1120 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(330)-535-0250), . Guided tours hours: W-F 12:30PM & 2:30PM. The famous abolitionist called Akron his home from where he launched his fight to free slaves including the Harper’s Ferry raid in 1859. Price: Adults: $5, Seniors & Children: $4. edit
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, ☎ +1-(330)-836-5533 (info@StanHywet.org, fax: +1-(330)-836-5533), . April 1-December 30: Daily 9AM-6PM (Buildings close at 4:30PM). Closed: Easter, November 13 & 14 (for holiday decorating), Thanksgiving, December 24 at 1PM, Christmas Day, and December 31.. The former home of Goodyear executive, F.A. Sieberling, and this family, this early 20th century 65-room mansion welcomes visitors to tour the house, the grounds, and the out-buildings. edit
The University of Akron Hower House, The University of Akron campus. A quaaint Victorian Mansion, originally owned by one of Akron's Rubber Barons. Now owned and operated by The University of Akron in the heart of the campus... amust see.edit
Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, ☎ +1-(330)-666-3711 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Jun-Aug: W-Su 10AM-5PM; Sep-Oct: Sa Su 10AM-5PM. Hale Farm & Village presents daily 19th century life in a rural community by demonstrating heritage farming and gardens, barns and buildings throughout the grounds. Glassblowing, blacksmithing, basket making, spinning, weaving, pottery, candle making, broom making, brick making...see event calendar for special events.$10 adults, $5 children. edit
Akron RubberDucks, 300 South Main Street, ☎ +1-(330)-253-5151 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(330)-253-3300), . Previously known as the Aeros, the RubberDucks are a champion Eastern League (AA minor league baseball) team that is part of the Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians farm system. Located just 45 minutes south of Progressive Field, the Akron RubberDucks often receive Major Leaguers (like a AAA team) right before they are sent up to Cleveland. The RubberDucks name pays tribute to Akron's history in the rubber industry, while the former Aeros name referenced Northeast Ohio's prominent role in the aerospace and aviation industry. edit
University of Akron Zips, ☎ +1-(330)-972-6920, . U of Akron is a member of the Mid-American Conference of NCAA College Sports. edit
All-American Soap Box Derby, Address, ☎ +1-(330)-733-8723 (Soapbox@aasbd.org, fax: +1-(330)-733-1370), . Begun in 1934, this annual event allows boys and girls ages 8-17 to compete in non-motorized racecars for scholarships and other prizes. Contestants qualify in regional events throughout the year before competing in the final in Akron each summer. edit
World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club is an annual Professional Golf Association (PGA) event, hosting a competition of the winners of major international golf events. It is held on the famed 7,283 yard South Course originally designed by Bert Way in 1929 and later updated by Robert Trent Jones in 1960. Firestone is one of Tiger Woods' favorite courses, winning here a PGA Tour record 7 times.
Founders Day Celebrations Akron is the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. Once a year, recovering alcoholics from around the world go to Akron to celebrate their sobriety.
Art in the SquareAn annual convergence of art, music, and community in Highland Square.
Made in Ohio FestivalAn annual event on Labor Day weekend at Hale Farm & Village featuring Ohio artisans.
The University of Akron Quaker Square, 135 South Broadway, ☎ +1-(330)-253-5970 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(330)-253-2574), . Silos and factory utilized by the Quaker Oats Company have been converted into a hotel and dormitory space by its owner, The University of Akron. edit
Orangerie Mall, 76 South Main Street, ☎ +1-(330)-535-6400. Smaller enclosed mall on the first floor of Akron Center, a complex that houses the headquarters of Chase Bank Akron Branch and FirstEnergy Corporation. edit
Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse Street, ☎ +1-(330)-253-6268 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(330)-253-4014), . best known for Don's cast aluminum crafts. Awesome collection of art work by various artists. Walk through it as if its an overcrowded museum - you don't need to be looking to buy to enjoy this gallery. The small gift shop contains many reasonably priced items you won't find anywhere else in town from handmade jewelry and clothing to fancy soaps and creative greeting cards. edit
Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road, ☎ +1-(330)-633-1131, . MON - SAT 10AM - 9PM, SUN Noon - 6PM. Chapel Hill Mall is home to all your favorite stores like JCPenney, Sears and Macy’s, and almost 100 more! There is also a full-sized indoor carousel with authentic wood-carved animals and painted scenes of Summit County landmarks, located in the Food Court. edit
Menches Brothers Restaurant, 300 South Main Street, ☎ +1-(330)-375-1717 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Frank and Charles Menches of Akron invented two of America's favorite foods - the hamburger in 1885 and the cornucopia ice cream cone in 1904. edit
Aladdin's, West Market Street, Highland Square. Cheap middle eastern restaurant with lots of healthy, fresh menu options. Popular for takeout as well. edit
The LockView, 207 S. Main St., . Specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches and an impressive and constantly changing selection of beers. edit
Mary Coyle Ice Cream Parlor, West Market Street, Highland Square, ☎ 330-253-1511, . Voted Akron's Best Homemade Ice Cream. Award Winning Michael Trecaso's™ Pastas. Enjoy the Outdoor Patio.Takeout available. edit
Rubber City Grill, West Exchange St, Downtown. Local establishment, known for a Zip-themed bar and adjacent to Lux nightclubedit
The Office Bistro & Lounge, 778 N. Main St, ☎ +1-(330)-376-9550, . Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 - 23:00, Friday 11 - 02:30, Saturday 16 - 02:30. edit
Bricco, 1 West Exchange, ☎ +1-(330)-475-1600 (fax: +1-(330)-475-1604), . Hours: Mon-Thu: 11 - Midnight, Fri: 11 - 01:00, Sat: 16 - 01:00, Closed most Sundays. Serves a reasonably priced Italian-based menu and specialized in pizzas and pastas ranging from $9-18. On Monday and Tuesday nights they sell wine at state minimum retail prices. There is also a relatively lively bar scene for weeknights. edit
Crave, 57 East Market Street, ☎ +1-(330)-253-1234, . Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 - 22:00, Friday 11 - 23:00, Saturday 17 - 23:00. Crave serves an eclectic range of food from gourmet sandwiches to rum and vanilla glazed halibut. Prices are also fairly reasonable, with entrees no more than $26 and averaging in the high teens. The decor is funky and contemporary.edit
Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 South Main Street, Bldg 33, ☎ +1-(330)-374-0025 (fax: +1-(330)-374-0804), . edit
Beau's Grille, 3180 West Market Street, ☎ +1-(330)-865-5577, . Banquet Room, Bar, Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi, American edit
Hawthorn Suites Akron - 5025 Park Avenue West; tel. +1 330 769-5025 fax. (330) 769-5026 . Suites, full or efficiency kitchens, in-room DVD players, voice mail, work desks, free internet, coffee makers, micro-fridges and iron & ironing boards. Other amenities featured include an exercise facility, indoor pool and on-site guest laundry and valet services.
Crowne Plaza Hotel-Quaker Square, . Made out of the round grain bins from the Quaker Oats plant. Sleep in a circular room. Located near the University of Akron, McKnight Convention Center, Canal Park (AA Professional Baseball - Akron Aeros) and Inventure Place (the National Inventor's Hall of Fame).
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-Akron South (Airport Area), 898 Arlington Ridge East, ☎ +1 330 644-5600, . checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM. edit
Given the size of the city, and diversity and activity there, it's really pretty safe. There's almost nowhere in Akron anyone shouldn't go in the daytime, and very few places at night.
Generally, the west side of the city near Copley road is regarded as the worst section of town. With a higher rate of violent crimes and theft, it is best avoided by outsiders. Some, but not all, housing projects - most notably Joy Park project in the vicinity of the Zoo and Elizabeth Park under the All-American Bridge - are also somewhat unsafe and should be bypassed altogether by foot and car.
If visiting the University of Akron, it's best to stay west of the Market / Buchtel intersection. The near-East neighborhood of which this is the "border" (Middlebury) is not necessarily unsafe, but does have a large amount of medium-scale drug activity and the occasional assault and non-violent robbery.
Fire Department (Non-emergency): +1-330-375-2101
Police Department (Non-emergency): +1-330-375-2181
Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Rd.. 74 non-electric campsites, 400 horsepower limit on lake, 8 boat launch ramps, boat rentals, fishing, hunting, beach, five miles of hiking trails, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, basketball court, hunting waterfowl in designated areas.