Originally the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens comprised of 3,000 acres (1214.06 hectares) in 1916 and was built amid 1912-1915 for F. A. Seiberling. It featured a Tudor Revival 65-room Manor House and the largest landscape gardens. Today the grand estate has seized down to 70 acres (28.33 hectares) yet is one of the most elegant mansions and ornate gardens of the country. The mansion is one of the best examples of Tudor Revival architecture and has well kept period decor that gives a glimpse of a bygone era. The themed gardens such as the Breakfast Room Garden, English Garden, Birch Allee Vista, Japanese Garden, Lagoon and The Dell are a delight to all visitors. The Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens also houses the Corbin Conservatory, a beautiful Gothic style greenhouse and the Gate Lodge where Alcoholics Anonymous took form. Home to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and The Annual Classic, Antique & Collector Car Show, a visit to this magnificent place is a must when in the city.
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.
Set in a cozy space with dim lighting and comfy chairs, Otani Restaurant & Pub is a popular joint for Asian food. Enjoy dishes like Chinese Chicken Lo Mein, Spicy Thai Noodle Soup and Japanese Teriyaki Grilled Flounder Fillet. They also have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. On Fridays and Saturday, the atmosphere is livened up by the live musical performances by various singers and bands. The bar also organizes regular karaoke nights that are quite popular with the local patrons. If you have been craving Asian food for a while, there are few places better than Otani Restaurant & Pub to satiate your appetite.
The Empire Concert Club & Bar attracts a young and stylish crowd for its contemporary concerts. The interiors are ultra-modern and feature psychedelic mood lighting, a state-of-the-art acoustic system and a trendy stage. Some of the best local bands and performers are invited and the events range from soulful jazz and groovy rock to Christmas carols. Sometimes, guests even attend fun-filled shows where stand-up comedians have them in peals of laughter. Pair the performances with excellent libations and you have a clear winner. Check their website for the full schedule of events.
The Canal Park Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Akron and can comfortably accommodate approximately 9000 people at a time. Opened in 1997, it has since then hosted innumerable important local and national matches. Well-equipped with amenities, it is also used to host concerts and community events on non-match days. Call for details.
Goodyear Theater is a premier concert venue located in Akron. Prominent names including Jason Isabel and The Smashing Pumpkins have performed here. The venue is available for private events as well and can accommodate up to 1,458 spectators for a single event. With the state-of-the-art acoustics enhancing the impact of every show and the fans raving for their favorite artists, the experience of watching a concert here is a memorable one.
InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field is the turf of the Akron Zips football and a part of the University of Akron. It opened its doors in 2009 and features luxury boxes, private suites and a team shop. The facility is spread across seven floors and has other amenities as well.
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.