Constructed in 1837, the Perkins Stone Mansion belonged to Colonel Simon Perkins, who was the son of Akron's founder General Simon Perkins. This historic house museum is now maintained by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron and is also their headquarters. One of the most striking Greek Revival style houses in the area, the repository is decked with period furnishing telling the story of its past residents, city and county.
Established in 1922, the Akron Art Museum showcases a fine selection of contemporary and modern works of art. The museum structure consists of glass and steel frames spread across the entire gallery. The collections in the art gallery range from 1850 till the most recent times showcasing more than 5000 pieces of work from local, national and international locations. There is a Bud & Susie Rogers Garden that is utilized to showcase special exhibits or to conduct experimental learning. Live events and concerts also take place at this venue.
The Akron Fossils & Science Center is noted for its hands-on guided tours and science activities. The exhibits here display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. This 4,500 square-foot museum also has an outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. The museum is devoted to informing the people about the creationist theory on the universe's origin.
Though the library's history goes back to the 19th Century, the current main branch was erected in 1969. Akron-Summit County Public Library underwent a major renovation in 2004 to keep up with the pace of modern times. It also hosts movie screenings, poetry slams, craft workshops and story times. Besides a children's library, the facility covers various zones such as Culture & AV, Special Collections, Business & Government, Magazines & Newspapers, and Science & Technology. The three-level library also features a 425-seat theater, meeting spaces, a used book-store, an outdoor amphitheater, Microbusiness Center, U.S. Passport and Notary services, study rooms, computer labs, a recording studio and cafe.
The Akron Children's Museum is a gem for the little ones and features exciting and interactive exhibits that perfectly combine fun with learning. The fitness station, produce area, monster shop, and workshop areas are great for inculcating new skills and are sure to keep your children occupied for hours. The staff is friendly and attentive and the admission costs are extremely reasonable making this place a must visit when in downtown Akron.
Spread across 411 acres (166.326 hectares) of land, Portage Lakes State Park is a great picnic spot. This park features many water bodies for you to enjoy water sports. You can swim, boat or fish in the small ponds and lakes in the park’s vicinity. This park houses different species of birds and animals making it a great place for bird spotting. Enjoy a fun day out with your family or friends as you visit the Portage Lakes State Park.
Located in University of Akron’s large campus, Emily Davis Gallery is part of the prestigious Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. This spacious gallery is set in Folk Hall. This art gallery showcases a number of art exhibitions that are put together by students, faculty and other talented artists. The exhibitions held here showcases several artworks which features ceramics, paintings, metals, photographs, digital media and a lot more. These interesting exhibitions can be visited by art connoisseurs from across the country.
Located just about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) south of Cleveland, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company is located on Grant Street in Akron, OH. The wonderful brewery produces small batches of a variety of handcrafted beers. Several kinds of ales, wheat beers, lagers and barrel-aged beers are brewed on site. Each of their flavors is unique and well-balanced, that are sure to impress even the strictest beer connoisseur. Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. also offers regular tours of their brewery, the tour includes a stop over at the tasting room, which is also available separately for private events and parties. Check the website for more information.