Akron Attractions

Don’t let your time in Akron turn into a snoozefest! Although relatively small, this Ohio city has plenty to offer residents and tourists alike. From museums filled with history and science to family-friendly entertainment, start exploring the City of Invention using our list of awesome Akron Attractions.

Akron Art Museum
Since its inception in the basement of the public library in 1922, the Akron Art Museum has grown exponentially. The current art museum covers 20,000-square-feet of open gallery space and displays a unique collection of art produced from 1850-1950, as well as a gallery dedicated to contemporary works by national and international artists.

Address: 1 S High St., Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Phone: (330) 376-9185
Web: www.akronartmuseum.org

Akron Fossils & Science Center
Get a different perception of the world’s past at the Akron Fossils & Science Center. This family-friendly center presents a variety of hands-on exhibits and attractions designed to showcase the fossils and artifacts from the view of creation science and intelligent design, rather than the accepted scientific models of planetary and animal evolution, making it one of the most unique museums of its kind in America.

Address: 2080 S Cleveland Massillon Rd., Copley, OH 44321 - MAP
Phone: (330) 665-3466
Web: www.akronfossils.com

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
See a show at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the University of Akron’s most popular facility! Named after Edwin J. Thomas from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the E.J. Thomas Hall is the Rubber City’s premier location for Broadway performances and other entertainment attractions. Watch contemporary and classic plays, listen to top speakers and catch a variety of quality shows at this performing arts hall.

Address: 198 Hill St., Akron, OH 44325 - MAP
Phone: (330) 972-7570
Web: www.ejthomashall.com

Funny Stop Comedy Club
Tickle your funny bone at the Funny Stop Comedy Club. Located in the Smith Centre, this comedy club is open five nights a week for people to kick back, relax and laugh themselves silly. Stop by for amateur stand-ups, open mic nights and special guest star performances–including stars from Comedy Central!

Address: 1767 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 - MAP
Phone: (330) 923-4700
Web: www.funnystop.com

Kent State University Fashion Museum
Love fashion? Then you’ll go gaga at the Kent State University Fashion Museum, dedicated to designer fashions from around the world, ranging from historic to modern clothing, textiles, furniture and other decorative arts. See fashion displays from top design houses, archives of photography and original sketches in this museum’s galleries. This is a must-see attraction for any budding fashionista.

Address: 515 Hilltop Dr., Ohio 44242 - MAP
Phone: (330) 672-3450
Web: www.kent.edu

Invent Now Museum
Learn why Akron is the City of Invention at the Invent Now Museum and Store. The original National Inventors Hall of Fame, this museum dedicated to tracing human, social and economic progress currently features rotating multimedia exhibits and attractions about innovative products, artifacts from the Patent and Trademark Office and portraits of all the honorees of the NIHF.

Address: 221 S Broadway St., Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Phone: (330) 762-4463
Web: invent.org

Akron Zoo
Spend a day at the Akron Zoo, and let your inner animal roam free! This 50-acre, non-profit zoo is home to more than 700 animals, including a number of endangered species. Visit the six themed attraction areas–Legends of the Wild, the Komodo Kingdom, Penguin Point, Tiger Valley, Jellies: Rhythm in the Blue and the Family Zoo Gardens–for a day’s worth of fun activities.

Address: 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron, OH 44307 - MAP
Phone: (330) 375-2525
Web: www.akronzoo.org

All-American Soapbox Derby
Akron is well known for its famous All-American Soap Box Derby, the most popular youth soapbox car racing program in the world. This amateur car race draws in hundreds of young competitors to the Derby Downs every year. Cheer for your favorite as they race downhill in their carefully designed and lovingly handcrafted vehicles.

Address: 1000 George Washington Blvd., Akron, Ohio 44312 - MAP
Phone: (330) 733-8723
Web: www.aasbd.org