Dr. Robert Smith House is a two-storied bungalow which dates back to 1914. The house belonged to Dr. Bob Smith; the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The house plays an important role in hosting many meetings during its formative years. The house was registered under the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. The building has been converted into a historic house museum and also has on display several artifacts that narrate the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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.
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.
Located in Akron, the Akron Zoo boasts of 700 animals spanning over 90 species! With almost 1 million visitors coming here every year, it is touted to be the most popular tourist attraction in the entire Summit County. The zoo is divided in to six sections that are symbolic of different parts of the globe. Also, there are various exhibits at the zoo like, The Legends of the Wild, The Komodo Kingdom, Jellies Rhythm, Journey to the Reef, Penguin Point and Tiger Valley.
This entertainment home that is spread over less than one acre of land, is the Akron Civic Theatre, which was previously referred to as Loew's Theater. Built using the Italian Renaissance style, the theater is said to be an excellent example of the great movie palaces of the early days i.e. the 1920s. Serving the visitors as the first theater of the County, the theater appeals to the public through its Broadway shows, dance performances and other shows.
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.
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 St. Bernard Catholic Church is serving the Akron region since 1861, and continues to do so. This church building perfectly exemplifies the German-Romanesque style combined with Baroque designs. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.