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.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, housed in a historic building dating back to 1916, displays some very precious paintings by renowned artists. You can check out the works of the Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams and Mario Avati. If you do not have the time to leisurely browse through all the exhibited works, sign up for guided tours that give you details of all the major exhibits. After you have explored the place, stop by the cafe for refreshments.
West Side Market brings together a group of more than 100 vendors selling their wares to locals and tourists alike. The heritage building housing the stalls was constructed in 1912 as an indoor marketplace and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The market itself began operations in 1840 and is Cleveland's oldest public market. People come here as much for admiring the building's marvelous architecture as buying fresh produce and local specialties. Aromatic herbs, spices, oils, nuts, poultry, seafood and meat are just a few of the food categories found here. You can also shop for processed foods, baked items, fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products and flowers. Groups can arrange a planned tour of the market in cooperation with the Market Office.
Moored along the Cleveland coast of Lake Erie, the USS Cod Submarine is a National Historic Landmark that served during World War II. The submarine was built by the Electric Boat Company in 1942 and was involved in the first submarine-to-submarine rescue in 1945 that saved the crew of a Dutch submarine. Open between the months of May and September, you can climb through the narrow hatches to enter the living quarters of the crew and even torpedo rooms on the massive submarine.
This is the nation's oldest civic garden, dating back to 1930. It is divided into herb, wildflower, rose, perennial and Japanese gardens. More than 3000 species of trees and shrubs fill the garden. This non-profit community resource center offers information on landscaping and horticulture. The garden library has a section for youngsters, and visitors can choose from several programs such as preschoolers' storytimes, crafts and gardening classes.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was established in the 1970's and today is one of the oldest and most beautiful rail excursions in the country. Step aboard this historic train and take a ride through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park and enjoy views of the magnificent rivers, valleys, forested areas, and meadows that will give you a new perspective and an admiration for the beauty of nature. Based on your choices, you can also enjoy some refreshing ales, fine wines, and delicious snacks on the tour aboard this historic train ride.
Peninsula Depot was built to function as the customer service center for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The railroad is a privately operated tourist railway that makes it way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, running between Independence and Akron. The rail route offers a beautiful view of the surrounding nature and wildlife. You will get information about the excursions at Peninsula Depot, which is one of the stops along this route. Tickets are also available at the depot.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park provides a world of natural wonders to explore just 20 kilometers (13 miles) away from the urban environs of Cleveland. The park's pristine wilderness is centered around the meandering Cuyahoga River. The river bisects the entire reserve in a clean sweep that spans nearly 33,000 acres (13354.62 hectares). This diverse topography shelters a wide range of native wildlife such as red foxes, Canadian geese, Great Blue herons, coyotes and white-tailed deer. Geological features include a system of cascading waterfalls, labyrinthine caves and hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. The Boston Store Visitor Center, the Towpath Trail, and the Ohio & Erie Canal are three of the park's most-frequented attractions.
The historic parcel of land that Hale Farm & Village is built on was donated to The Western Reserve Historical Society by Clara Belle Ritchie. Historic buildings from around the country were relocated to the land to create a living history museum and village called Wheatfield. Visitors will learn about life during the Civil War and the history of the region. Exhibits relating to fashion, technology, and other subjects can be seen here as well.
Brushwood Lake is the highlight of the Furnace Run Metro Park and is a popular spot to relax and take in the beauty of nature. The lake is home to a number of reptiles and is also great for fishing and has over 60 species of fish. However, catch-and-release fishing is recommended in order to protect the environment. You can also grab a picnic lunch and enjoy it with the family on the banks of the lake.
Fun 'n' Stuff is an entertainment park with both indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Some of the activities have age and height restrictions and each is individually priced. Bulk tickets are available, too. Their laser tag arena has an intergalactic theme, while the bumper cars arena has a castle theme. You can skate around in the roller skating rink on quad or in-line wheeled skates, or have fun at the Cannon Ball Blasters or bounce and flip on the Eurobungy. Bowling, arcade games, pirate shooting are just some of the other indoor activities available at the park. The outdoor games include Human Hamster balls, go-karts, looping bikes, two mini golf courses, and batting cages.